Crawford's 28 points off bench lead GR to win in Delaware

“Hi. We’re in Delaware.”

That’s the excitement you expect when you think about one of the nation’s smallest states. Nestled in the east coast between surrounding states Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Delaware is usually thought to be as boring as its’ namesake (Thomas West) and his predecessor as the colony of Virginia’s governor (John Smith). Thrills ranked the state 49 out of 50 in its’ ‘Ranking the United States from Best to Worst’ list,

49. Delaware

Dogfish Head, one of the most enduring jokes from Wayne’s World, and… that about covers it. Even people from Delaware don’t really fight back all that hard when you make fun of Delaware.

Wait, weren’t we talking basketball? That’s right. The Grand Rapids Drive defeated the Delaware 87ers on Tuesday night in Newark, DE  and moved to 4-3 on the season.

Jordan Crawford came off the bench to score 28 points, one game after playing just two minutes due to an injured hand, and Kevin Murphy and Ray McCallum continued their onslaught on the offensive end.

Murphy followed up back-to back 33-point games with a 25-point, eight rebound, three assist effort and McCallum followed up his near triple-double against Long Island with 23 points.

After three quarters of back and forth basketball, Grand Rapids pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sevens 42-27, one of their highest scoring periods of their franchise history.

Grand Rapids returns home to the DeltaPlex on Friday night at 7 p.m., hosting the expansion Windy City Bulls for the first time.