The Wilmington College men’s basketball team was outscored by 20 points in the second half and lost to Heidelberg Saturday, 91-74, in Ohio Athletic Conference action at Fred Raizk Arena in Hermann Court.
“It came down to not being able to guard the basketball well and not rebounding at all in the second half,” said Wilmington head coach K.C. Hunt. “When you don’t do that, it will be a long night. Especially in the second half, they outplayed us in every phase, and this team needs to learn how to string halves together, string possessions together, to be successful.”
Heidelberg took control of the game with a late 10-1 run to push its four-point advantage to 14 points, and eventually the lead grew to as much as 17. The second half was littered with multiple-shot possessions and fast break points.
“Their intensity level and aggressiveness punched us in the mouth and we didn’t come out with the same fight we had in the first half,” said Hunt. “They have good young players that are big, strong, and athletic, and we got overwhelmed.”
The Student Princes had 11 second-chance points in the second half and scored 12 points off Wilmington miscues. For the game, HU recorded 20 second-chance points and 20 points off turnovers.
The turnovers and second-chance opportunities overshadowed a good shooting day for the Fightin’ Quakers. Wilmington hit 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the field in the second half, and converted 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field for the game.
Sophomore Christian Jones finished with 14 points, a team-high tying four rebounds and a team-high tying four assists. Senior Zach McCorkle also tallied 14 points. Freshman Andrew Russell had 12 points and pulled down a team-high tying four rebounds.
Sophomore Nathan Scott also pulled down four boards in the loss, while sophomore D.J. Iles also dished out four assists.
Wilmington (3-14 overall, 2-10 OAC) travels to Ohio Northern 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.