By 24/SEVENS | December 13, 2017


NEWARK, DE – DECEMBER 12, 2017 –The Delaware 87ers (4-11) defeated the Maine Red Claws (8-8) 121-118 in perhaps the team’s most entertaining game of the season. Both squads shot better than 47 percent from the field, neither side led by more than 12 and the lead changed hands six times over the course of the game.

Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ second matchup against the Red Claws this season:

Jacob Pullen had his best game as an 87er

Pullen has always been a talented offensive player, but today’s outing marked a new level for him in Delaware. The Kansas State product poured in 35 points, 24 of which came in the first half, on 11-18 shooting. Pullen also went 4-6 from downtown and added six rebounds and nine assists. In the first half, the basket looked as big as an ocean for Pullen, but when he cooled off in the second half, he adapted his game and began driving and dishing. Pullen had five of his nine dimes after halftime. He was the best player on the court today

This was the best Delaware’s offense has looked all year

The stats bear it out. Maine came into the game having allowed 120 points per contest and 50 percent shooting while playing on the road, and that’s essentially what Delaware ended up with. Delaware shot 49 percent from the field (41-84), 46 percent from distance (11-24) and 85 percent from the free throw line (28-33). The Sevens had 23 assists on their 41 makes, had it going on from three-point land when needed and played unselfish basketball throughout. Though Pullen led the way in the scoring department, this was a team win.

The 87ers’ defense stepped up in a big way

We’ll start with the obvious: holy cow, can Christian Wood and Devin Robinson block a basketball. The pair combined for all nine of the Sevens’ blocks (four for Wood, five for Robinson) and were in the grill of just about every Red Claw who dared enter the lane. The defensive stands didn’t end there, however, as Delaware got two huge stops at the end of the game to seal the win. Darin Johnson and James Webb III came up with tipped in-bounds passes on back-to-back plays, which means that Maine didn’t even get a shot attempt after two straight side-outs. Even though the Red Claws kept things interesting the whole way through, Delaware’s defense made it happen in the biggest moments.

The 87ers’ next game comes on the road against the Grand Rapids Drive on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.