DEFIANCE — With an overpowering inside game, Wilmington College defeated Defiance 81-72 Saturday afternoon to win the Purple & Gold Invitational.
Obed Achirem had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Wilmington offense. Abdul Kanu added 19 and Bryce Bird scored.
Wilmington (2-0) hit on 52.5 percent of its field goal attempts but just 11 of 21 at the free throw line.
The Quakers hoisted just 13 three-point attempts, knocking down an effective 46 percent, but hammered the Yellow Jackets in the paint with 52 points.
The game was tied twice but WC led the rest of the way, with a 22-point margin being the biggest of the night.
“Today was our first true road game of the season and it had everything a road game normal does – adversity, runs and crowd chatter,” WC head coach Micah Mills said. “This team rallied together to stay connected, focused and passionate to pull out our first road win of the season. It was awesome to see every player impact the game with both on-court production and energy supporting the team mission. We are excited about this weekend, but we know we have a lot more work to do.”
Marell Jordan led all scorers with 30 points for Defiance in defeat, but he was the lone Yellow Jacket to score in double figures.
Wilmington (2-0) heads to Franklin College Tuesday before hosting Kenyon College in the home opener.