Davon Usher had 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists on Monday night to lead Delaware over Delaware State 80-70.
Cazmon Hayes made a 3-point jumper to put Delaware up 71-55 with 4:24 to go. Delaware finished the first half on a 6-0 run to lead 32-25 at the half and opened the second half with seven unanswered points.
The Hornets went on an 11-2 run to close the gap to 73-66 with 1:36 left, but the Hens made 5 of 6 free throws from there.
Jarvis Threatt added 17 points for the Blue Hens (3-3) and Kyle Anderson was 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
Kendall Gray led Delaware State (1-4) with 19 points and Casey Walker added 17.
Delaware State outshot the Hens from the field (48 to 45 percent) but only had nine attempts from the free throw line. Delaware was 23 of 27 from the stripe.