The Arcadia University men’s basketball team defeated defending Freedom Conference Champion Delaware Valley College 80-77 Tuesday night in a non-conference contest, marking the third straight victory for the Knights. Arcadia is now 3-1 for the season, while the Aggies fell to 3-2 with the loss.
Delaware Valley led 55-47 6:23 into the second half before the Knights went on a 17-4 that was capped off by a three from junior forward Joe Brown with 7:14 to go. Arcadia never trailed the rest of the way and led by as many as nine, 72-63, with five minutes to go.
The Aggies didn’t go away quietly and used a 10-2 run to pull back within one following a pair of sophomore guard Zach Sly free throws that made it 74-73 in favor of the Knights.
It was still a one-point game after sophomore forward Chris Moran knocked down a pair of free throws that made it a 78-77 contest in favor of Arcadia with 52 seconds to go, but those proved to be the final points scored by the Aggies. The two teams exchanged missed shots and free throws until Brown stepped to the line with 13 seconds to go. He made the first but missed the second, giving the Knights a two-point advantage.
Sophomore guard John Landro then drew a charge that was called on Sly which gave Arcadia the ball back with seven seconds left. Junior guard Torrell Candelaria was fouled following the inbound, missed the first free throw and made the second for the 80-77 final.
The Aggies had one last possession with five seconds to go, but Brown stole the ball from Sly and ran out the remaining time on the clock to put the game away.
Senior guard Rashon Brock scored 18 points to lead the Knights while going a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor with two threes and a 4-for-4 performance at the line. He also pulled down five rebounds and had three assists.
Junior guard Travis Saltus and freshman guard Ryan Kelly scored 12 points with three assists each, while Brown fell just short of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.
Junior guard Francis Arnold scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field with four threes to go with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead Delaware Valley. Moran finished with 17 points and five rebounds, while Sly notched 16 points with six assists, five rebounds, and four steals.
The Knights shot 53 percent (28-53) from the field, 50 percent (6-12) from three, and 82 percent (18-22) from the line in the game, while the Aggies shot 44 percent (26-59) from the field, 44 percent (8-18) from three, and 61 percent (17-28) from the line.
Arcadia will next travel to Albright College December 3 for an 8 p.m. Commonwealth Conference contest.