On the night when former 87ers guard Sean Kilpatrick goes for 38 points in a overtime win over the LA Clippers, as well as a visit from former head coach Kevin Young; Delaware collapsed in the second-half and lack of depth on the bench didn’t help the 87ers situation falling to the Drive 118 – 104 Tuesday night at The Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.
The sevens trailed most of the first half but fort arduously to keep the game close taking a 37-36 lead with 3:21 left on the clock in the second period after Grand Rapids Drive Head Coach REX WALTERS was charged with a technical sending 87ers Guard CAT BARBER to the foul line furthering the 87ers lead heading into halftime.
In the third period the rapids reclaim the lead trading buckets with the sevens, Grand Rapids Drive Guard RAY MCCALLUM heated up scoring (10) of Grand rapids 33 points in the third period.
The Sevens started off the fourth when Forward James Webb III blocked Drive Guard CHRIS ANDERSON shot attempt at the 11:35 mark, but Grand Rapids Drive Guard JORDAN CRAWFORD answered with and one and trip to the foul line after getting fouled by 87ers Forward DAVID LAURY . A few possessions later Grand Rapids Drive Guard JEFF NEWBERRY dishes it out assist to Crawford who drains a three pointer giving the rapid 82-77 lead which they never relinquished.
Jordan Crawford came off the bench for the Drive to finish the game with 28 points, Kevin Murphy went 9-22 for 25 points while snatching eight rebounds and Ray McCallum had 23 points and Chris Anderson registered his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Cat Barber finished the game with 22 points, (7) rebounds and (3) assist on 8-14 shooting from the field and was 6-6 from the free throw line. Meanwhile Long, Christmas, Wade and newcomer Wafer all finished in double figures.
Delaware heads to Michigan face the Drive on Sunday, Dec. 4. at DeltaPlex Arena.