The Westchester Knicks used an offensive explosion in the second half to overcome a 60-54 halftime deficit and race home with a 127-112 win over the Delaware 87ers at the Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center on Tuesday night.
Jimmer Fredette led the way as six Knicks scored in double figures as they snapped a three-game road losing streak with the win. He finished with 27 points on 8 for 17 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 7 from 3-point range and a perfect 8 for 8 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 37 minutes.
Darion Atkins and Damien Inglis also made big contributions for Westchester. Atkins totaled 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks while Inglis managed 17 points on 3 for 3 shooting from beyond the arc to go along with 10 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.
Travis Trice II added 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds while Jordan Bachynski registered 15 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the field with six rebounds and three blocks.
Russ Smith and Christian Wood carried the scoring load for the 87ers in the loss. Smith came off the bench to total 27 points on 11 for 24 shooting from the floor with five assists, three rebounds and two steals while Wood put up 20 points on 8 for 12 shooting from the floor to go along with 11 boards.
Jordan McRae and David Laury also had productive outings for Delaware. McRae had 16 points, but made just 6 of 22 shots from the floor with six rebounds, six assists and four steals while Laury registered 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.
After a sluggish first half that saw him score just four points while making just 1 of 6 shots from the floor, Fredette found his range in the second and helped the Knicks turn the game around. He got things going right out of halftime with his first 3-pointer of the night, then added a running floater off the glass just minutes later. Following a technical free-throw he knocked down a deep jump shot from the baseline. After missing his next two shots, he connected on a pull-up jumper from beyond the arc before adding a pair of free-throws for the 13-point quarter.
He continued his hot shooting in the fourth making all three of his attempts from the field and all three free-throws on his way to his second straight double figure scoring quarter. He started out with his third 3-pointer of the night in transition before adding a lay up and a 3-point play. He finished off the night with two more free-throws in the closing minutes.
On the season, Fredette is averaging 22.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.3 percent from beyond the arc and a league-leading 93.1 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 5.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 37.1 minutes.
Up next for Fredette and the Knicks is a home matchup with The Raptors 905 on Friday night. The 905 are just 7-18 on the season, including 2-8 on the road. They are led by talented forward Ronald Roberts who is averaging a double-double with 18.7 points on 60.5 percent shooting from the floor with 12.4 rebounds in 34.7 minutes a night.