Big Second Half Helps No. 14 Argos Blow By Delta State

first_img Preview PENSACOLA,  Fla. – No. 14 West Florida (14-1, 6-1 GSC) earned a key GSC home win vs. Delta State (7-9, 5-3 GSC) in runaway fashion Tuesday evening. The Argos turned a 35-31 halftime advantage into a 71-54 win. Darryl Tucker scored a game-high 23 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 3-PT FG, 6-7 FT) while grabbing six rebounds, dishing two assists and registering one block. The 54 points allowed were the fewest the Argos have surrendered to an opponent this year.”I thought this was a great win for us,” said UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer. “We played hard on both ends of the floor for both halves. We knew this was a grind-out type game. When you play Delta, I told our guys it’s kind of like going to the dentist and getting a root canal. It’s just painful, but you have to work your way through it, and you’ll be okay. And that’s how it was.”UWF built a 7-4 lead in the game’s first 2:30 before Delta State reeled off a 6-0 run to take the lead. Marvin Jones knocked down two three-pointers in the game’s first seven minutes. After falling behind briefly later in the half, an and-one finish by Tucker reclaimed the Argo lead at 22-21. The finish and free throw were part of an 8-0 run for the Argos.West Florida built the late first half lead to as large as seven and went to the locker room with a 35-31 lead. Tucker notched ten points and two rebounds in the first. Jones finished with eight points, one block, and one steal. Moter Deng had seven points, two boards and two assists. DJ Thorpe scored four and posted two blocks and two assists. Bryan Chalifoux scored three points and grabbed three rebounds.The Statesmen cut the lead to 37-36 early in the second, but a key three and then a slam by Thorpe helped the Argos extend the lead back to 42-36. Delta fought back to make it 48-47 before Tucker personally reeled off seven straight points, a dominant stretch that featured another and-one finish and a thunderous dunk.With the Argos up 55-50, Deng and Jones hit back-to-back threes to increase the lead to double figures with just under six minutes to play. Jones knocked down a three from the corner at the 3:54 mark through a foul. He proceeded to hit the free throw and put the contest out of reach at 67-52. The Argos closed the game on 23-7 run.”Before the game, coach told us it was going to be a grind-out game,” Tucker said. “Delta is a really good team. They have really good guards, so before we came, we just knew this was going to be a hard-fought game.”We really tried hard to extend the lead, especially when I threw it off the backboard,” he said, referring to a spectacular jam he threw down with less than five minutes to play, in which he faked a defender by throwing the ball off the backboard to himself for a slam.Tucker finished with 23 points and six rebounds. Jones netted 15 points plus a season-best four blocks. Thorpe finished the evening with 11 points, a season-high three blocks, three steals and three assists. Deng had 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and one block while playing all 40 minutes for the first time this year. Rashaan Benson played 38 minutes and registered five points and three steals.The Argos held DSU to 9 of 25 shooting from the field in the second and 21 of 48 shooting overall. UWF shot 27 of 48 from the field in the game. The team sank 9 of 16 three-pointers and 8 of 10 free throws.UWF hits the road this weekend, heading to Union (8-7, 2-5 GSC) for a 4:00 p.m. matchup on Saturday and No. 18 Christian Brothers (13-2, 5-2 GSC) for a 7:00 p.m. Monday contest. Follow along with the action through and on Twitter @UWFMensBBall.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Live Stats Watch Live Next Game: Full Schedule Roster at Union 1/13/2018 – 7:00 PMlast_img read more