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Saturday, January 27, 2007

a big MU win/story for Sunday Press

By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER



WEST LONG BRANCH - As the final Robert Morris shot of the evening fell off the rim
Saturday it was only fitting it fell into the hands of senior Dejan Delic of the Monmouth Univesity men's basketball team.
It was Delic who took the game in his hands in the stretch sinking four

huge 3's in the last five minutes spurring the Hawks to a 76-68

Northeast Conference
victory over the Colonials at Boylan Gym.

""Of course I wanted the ball, said the 6-6 Delic, who ended with 25

points on seven-for-10 from downtown and is 12-for-15 from 3 over the last two games.
His seven treys

tied his single game total, second all time to his coach Dave

Calloway who had nine at Pepperdine in the early 90's.

With 1,056 career points Delic surpassed Jason Krayl for 13th place on

Monmouth's Division I career scoring charts.

""I had a couple of drives (to the basket) in the first few minutes,'' said Delic. ""The first one I made and

that kind of opened up the 3 for me. They started respecting my drives, too.

""Then I caught fire and I kept shooting.''

Delic's final trey, which soared home from the right wing with 1:08

showing, gave Monmouth (9-12, 4-5) its largest lead of the night , 72-64, and set off a frenzied

roar from the season's largest crowd of 2,227.

Delic delivered from downtown with 5:21 showing for a 61-59 Monmouth

lead as the teams traded long balls.
Colson Senat of Robert Morris (13-6, 5-5) made an

NBA 3 from the right wing with

3:53 left to put the Colonials ahead, 62-61, but Delic was still warming up.

He answered from deep to make it 64-62 and swished another for a 69-64

advantage with 1:53 showing.

"'The thing was too, it was within the framework (of the offense),''

said
''This is two games in a row he's stepped up and made big shots,'' said

Calloway referring to Thursday night's victory over St. Francis, Pa. ""That's

what seniors do.''

""It's just amazing,'' said sophomore Whitney Coleman who added 15 points,

five assists, two steals, and grabbed six rebounds.

""When the shot clock is going down you just look for him,''said Coleman.

" "He's just

spotting up and burying them.

""Four (3s) in the last five minutes, that's unreal, I'm speechless.''

"'You're making me blush,'' laughed Delic.

Though Monmouth was outrebounded 38-25 it got the best game in

almost a

month from 7-2 senior John Bunch (eight points, eight rebounds, six blocks).

It also turned 20 RMU turnovers into 35 points.

RMU played the final 15:43 with out sophomore guard and 14.1 ppg.

scorer

Jemrey Chappell.

The sophomore, who led RMU at the time with 16 points,

was disqualified after picking up his fifth personal on

a technical foul.

Chappell was banished after he slammed the Boylan Gym wall with his fist

seconds after he was charged with his fourth personal after he thought he

had blocked a shot by Corey Hallett.

Monmouth was outplayed much of the first half Saturday night before Coleman

ignited a 13-0 burst enabling it to capture a 36-34 lead and head to the locker room tied at

36-36.

RMU took a 34-23 lead after after Derek Colman made two technical

foul shots assessed to Calloway who was arguing an out of bounds call.

""I think the best play of the game was his (Calloway's) technical foul,

seriously,'' said Delic.""It changed the game a lot.

""We really weren't getting any calls early in the game and we were down,

kind of pouting a little bit,'' said Delic. ""After the technical it really

raised our energy level.''

Coleman drained a 3, dunked in

transition for a

conventional 3-point

play, and sank a 10-footer before Delic drained a left wing trey to lift

Monmouth ahead for the first time since the opening minutes, 36-34.

There were five lead changes in the second half with neither team leading

by more than four points until Delic took over.

NOTES..By taking the court Marques Alston tied Dwayne Byfield for fourth place

with his 117th Division I game. Blake Hamilton is next with 119. Alston should pass assistant coach Chris Kenny (124) for No. 1 all-time.

Including Saturday night Monmouth has the most wins, 84,

in the NEC over the last

seven years....Central Connecticut closed the margin to 80 with its eighth of the season Saturday.

e-mail tonygsports@aol.com.

4 Comments:

Blogger Tony Graham said...

Advisory.

Going home now..be back on line around midnight..have more qutoes to publish.

10:33 PM, January 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OUTSTANDING GAME GO MU ....THE T SET THE STAGE .....The kids played to win way to go....

10:46 PM, January 27, 2007  
Anonymous jason krayl said...

Tony who is that guy Delic went past with career points the other night, Krayl? Damn, Deki went by me, I keep slippin further and further down the line! Haha. He's having a great year, I wish I had a smooth jumper like him.

9:36 PM, January 28, 2007  
Blogger bob curran said...

To Jason:I wish Deki played defense like you did.

10:08 AM, January 30, 2007  

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