WESTERVILLE – Christian Jones scored seven points in the final 1:29 Wednesday to help the Wilmington College men’s basketball team hold on for a 87-83 win over Otterbein here at the Rike Center.
With a 15-point lead down to one, Jones hit two free throws at 1:29, drained a three-pointer at 1:02 and then capped the scoring with two more free throws with 8 seconds to play.
The Ohio Athletic Conference victory puts the Quakers at 9-13 overall and 4-11 in the conference.
The Cardinals are 7-15 overall and 3-12 in the OAC.
Jones finished with 21 points and led four Quakers in double figures – Will Patrick 16 Kameron Moore 14, Noah Chatman 10.
Bryan Mackenzie of Otterbein led all scorers with 27 points.
The Cardinals were 30 for 33 at the free throw line while the Quakers were 12 for 13. WC was 33 for 61 from the floor, including 9 of 20 beyond the arc.
After Otterbein grabbed a brief 2-0 lead, it was all Quakers. Patrick was the offensive pacesetter early. On the strength of a trio of three-point baskets, he scored 11 of WC’s 26 points as the Quakers.
It was 28-19 Wilmington before the Cardinals made a run that cut the difference to 28-23. Moore ended a near three minute scoring drought with a basket at 5:16 to get the WC lead back to seven.
Patrick, who had a dry spell after the fast start, capped a 14-point first half with a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to send the teams to the lockerroom tied at 41-41.
Early in the second half, the teams were tied at 43, 45 and 47. But the Quakers then went on a big run, 16-2 to be exact. Jordan Jones ignited the scoring spree that resulted in a 63-49 WC lead.
It was 66-51 Wilmington before Otterbein scored 10 of the next 12 points to get within 68-61.
Moore, though, stemmed the tide momentarily at the 6:29 mark when he rebounded a missed WC free throw and scored, 71-61.
The Quakers lead was down to 71-66 when Andrew Russell hit a couple of free throws at 4:05. Christian Jones and Russell answered Otterbein baskets to keep the WC lead intact.
Cameron Arminio hit a three-pointer at 1:40 to put the WC lead at 80-78.
But Christian Jones took matters into his own hands down the stretch to help Wilmington preserve the victory.
February 8, 2017
@The Rike Center, Otterbein
(87) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) C. Jones 5-5-6-21 Iles 1-0-2-4 J. Jones 4-0-1-9 Russell 2-0-2-6 Chatman 5-0-0-10 Patrick 6-4-0-16 Lewis 2-0-0-4 Smith 1-0-1-3 Greene 0-0-0-0 Harris 0-0-0-0 Moore 7-0-0-14. TOTALS 23-9-12-87
(83) OTTERBEIN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) MacKenzie 5-1-16-27 Howard 6-1-4-17 Howard 2-0-0-4 Koontz 0-0-0-0 Springer 4-0-8-16 Nossaman 0-0-0-0 Hughes 2-0-2-6 Arminio 5-3-0-13. TOTALS 24-5-30-83
FIELD GOALS: WC 33-61 (Moore 7-8 Patrick 6-9 Chatman 5-8 C. Jones 5-9 J. Jones 4-6); OC 24-50 (Howard 6-10)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: WC 9-20 (C. Jones 5-8 Patrick 4-4); OC 5-13)
FREE THROWS: WC 12-13 (C. Jones 6-6); OC 30-33 (Mackenzie 16-18)
REBOUNDS: WC-29 (Chatman 7 Patrick 5 Russell 4 C. Jones 3 Lewis 3); OC-27 (Mackenzie 7 Howard 6)
ASSISTS: WC-14 (Iles 3 Patrick 3 Lewis 2 J. Jones 2 C. Jones 2); OC-6 (Howard 4)
TURNOVERS: WC-13 OC-13