NEWARK, Del. -- Jamelle Hagins scored 14 points with 16 rebounds for his ninth double-double this season as Delaware defeated Rider 73-66 Monday in a nonconference game.
Josh Brinkley had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Hens (5-8), who outrebounded the Broncs 52-31. Devon Saddler and Jarvis Threatt added 12 points each, including some key points down the stretch.
After Rider (6-8) erased a 13-point Delaware lead to go ahead 61-60 on Shawn Valentine's 3-pointer with 6:14 remaining, Saddler put the Blue Hens on top to stay with two free throws. A three-point play by Threatt made it 65-61.
Two more baskets by Saddler increased Delaware's lead to five points each time, the second making it 71-66 with 46 seconds remaining.
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