HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Devon Saddler scored 19 points as Delaware held on to beat Hofstra 57-56 Wednesday night, ensuring the Blue Hens the second seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
Delaware (17-13, 12-5) has won nine of 11, and each of its past six games have been decided by two or fewer points -- the longest such streak in program history.
The Blue Hens have never entered the CAA tournament higher than the fifth seed.
David Imes' 3-pointer pulled Hofstra (7-23, 4-13) within 55-53 with 43 seconds left. Delaware held the ball until Saddler's missed jumper with 8 seconds remaining. The Blue Hens' Kyle Anderson grabbed the rebound and tipped it in for a 57-53 lead with 5 seconds showing, and Stevie Mejia's trey for Hofstra at 0:02 wasn't enough.
Jarvis Threatt added 12 points for Delaware and Anderson finished with 10.
Moussa Kone paced Hofstra with a career-high 18 points.
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This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.
For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.
Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.
Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.
Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.
After its signature win over Ohio State on Saturday night, Penn State finds itself ranked for the first time since 2011.
The Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) are ranked No. 24 in the latest AP poll. The Lions stunned the Buckeyes, 24-21, on Saturday in a White Out at Beaver Stadium (see game story).
With the loss, Ohio State drops from No. 2 in the country to No. 6 (see full poll).
While head coach James Franklin sidestepped the signature win question after the game (see story), there is no question the Ohio State win is one that has been lacking in the Franklin era at State College. Even junior cornerback Grant Haley, who scored the go-ahead, 60-yard touchdown off a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter, believes it was much-needed too.
“It’s just a game that put Penn State back on the map," Haley said. "We needed that signature win, and we did it tonight."
Penn State heads to Purdue next Saturday for a noon kickoff against the Boilermakers.