Thompson, Elon bench power Phoenix past Delaware, 81-59
ELON, N.C. (AP) Dmitri Thompson scored 22 points and Elon’s bench almost matched Delaware’s total in an 81-59 Colonial Athletic Association victory in Saturday night’s regular season finale.
Elon got 58 of its 81 points from its bench, led by Thompson, who hit 7 of 12 from the field and 7 of 8 from the line. Dainan Swoope contributed 14 points off the bench. No Elon starter scored in double figures.
No. 5 seed Elon (18-13, 10-8) faces No. 4 seed William & Mary in a conference tournament quarterfinal Saturday in North Charleston, S.C.
No. 9 seed Delaware (12-19, 5-13) faces No. 8 seed Hofstra in a first-round game Friday.
Elon outscored the Blue Hens by 11 points in each half, building a 40-29 advantage at halftime.
Overall the Phoenix shot 45.1 percent from the field (23 of 51), including 10 of 29 from long range, and 25 of 36 from the free-throw line.
Ryan Daly finished with 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Delaware. Eric Carter added 12 points with eight boards.