DELAWARE 87ERS POSTGAME RECAP
WILMINGTON, DE – NOVEMBER 6, 2017 – The Delaware 87ers (0-2) fell to the Westchester Knicks (2-0) 113-111 in their home opener. Five different Sevens scored in double figures, but the team couldn’t stop Trey Burke, whose 43 points paced both teams. The Sevens led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but Westchester clawed back in late to win its second straight game.
Here are three big takeaways from the 87ers’ second game of the season:
Great debut for Furkan Korkmaz
Korkmaz, who was taken with the 26th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, showed why he’s such an intriguing prospect. He plays the game with innate panache and fills up the stat sheet. Although the Turkey native only shot 6-16 from the field, Korkmaz finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He almost tied the game late with a three-pointer, but his shot was called a two after review due to his foot being on the line. Instead of the score being 111-110, the Sevens ended up down by one and couldn’t overcome Westchester. Korkmaz also had a chance to tie things up at the last second, but his desperation jumper off a loose ball fell short as time expired. Still, Korkmaz will no doubt wow fans throughout the season.
Jacob Pullen had a second half to remember
This was a bounce-back game for one of the Sixers’ two-way players. Pullen didn’t hit a three in eight attempts against Maine this past weekend, but he dropped three triples in the second half en route to a team-best 24-point performance. After only scoring five in the first half, Pullen came out firing in the third quarter and, at one point, was outpacing the entire Knicks team 17-12 in the frame. The Kansas State product added five assists in his 32 minutes of work.
Trey Burke was on fire
Michigan product Trey Burke was the story on the Knicks side of things in this one. The former ninth overall pick lit up the 87ers from the opening tip, pouring in 22 points in the first half. Delaware did slow down Burke somewhat in the third quarter, but a scintillating fourth from the former college Player of the Year guided the Knicks to their second consecutive win. Burke finished with 43 points.
Fortunately for Delaware, they’ll get a chance to exact revenge on the Knicks tomorrow night. The 87ers’ third game of the season is Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.