The University of Delaware Blue Hens made the trip down Route 1 to face Delaware State University Wednesday night for the Route 1 Rivalry basketball game.
UD returned home with a 59-48 victory, but this year’s game had a game inside the game.
New Delaware State basketball head coach Stan Waterman took the job this year after being head coach at Sanford School in Hockessin for 30 years.
He led Sanford to 571 wins, 10 state championship games and eight titles, including the last two in 2021 and 2019. His 2020 team reached the state semifinals before the tournament was shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his first Route 1 rivalry game, two players from those recent state championship teams would be playing. However, they would be playing against each other.
Jy’are Davis is a redshirt freshman at the University of Delaware and Corey Perkins a freshman at Delaware State. Both were big time players who helped Sanford win. Both played for Waterman their entire high school careers.
Waterman wasn’t the only coach making plans on how to defend Jy’are.
He hired two of his former assistant coaches from his Sanford basketball team. Shahid Perkins, father of Corey, was an assistant under Waterman while Jy’are and Corey were players. Vernon Dupree was another assistant under Stan at Sanford the last few years and is now an assistant with coach Waterman now at Delaware State.
Corey and Jy’are both had significant time in the game. Perkins played 31 minutes scoring 10 points on 3-6 shooting, 3 rebounds and 2 Steals. Davis played 20 minutes scoring 9 points on 4-6 shooting, 5 rebounds and a big block shot.
The two players even found themselves sticking each other a few times on switches when screens were set.
Jy’are’s Delaware team was able to defeat Waterman and Corey’s Delaware State team on their home floor in front of a large crowd.
Delaware was led by Jameer Nelson Jr. with 16 points and Ryan Allen who scored 14 points. Delaware State was led by Myles Carter who led all scorers with 17 points and Corey was the only other Hornets player in double figures.
“It was definitely odd that we weren’t on the same team,” Corey said. “That hasn’t happened since we were little, but I was definitely glad to compete against each other. It was a fun night.“
UD improves to 6-3 on the season while Delaware State falls to 2-5.
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