WC men drop pair at Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Wilmington College men’s basketball team dropped a pair of games this weekend at the Hampton Marina Christopher Newport Invitational.

Wilmington lost to the University of Texas-Dallas 83-55 on Sunday, a day after falling to Wisconsin-Stevens Point 70-68 on Saturday.

Wilmington (1-5) opens Ohio Athletic Conference play at home against Heidelberg University Saturday. Tip-off from Hermann Court is scheduled for 3 p.m.

UTD scored the first seven points of the game before Colin Myers hit a three-pointer to make it 7-3. Wilmington’s deficit grew to double digits before Matt Smith, WHS grad, and DaeShawn Jackson made three pointers to make it a 20-15 game. Jackson later scored back to back baskets as the Quakers closed within 20-19.

But Texas-Dallas closed the first half by scoring 16 of 21 points for a 44-33 lead at the break. The Comets put the game away with a 13-0 run in the second half.

Wilmington was outrebounded 53-20. Texas-Dallas was 30 for 56 from the field.

Individually, three Quakers – Jackson, Jeffery Mansfield and Myers – scored in double figures with Jackson leading the way with 16 points. Smith dished out five assists while Mansfield had two steals.

The Texas-Dallas duo of Jalen Weber and Kelden Pruitt combined for 55 points on 17-of-26 shooting.

On Saturday, Wisconsin-Stevens Point won the game on preseason All-America selection Ethan Bublitz three-point play with three seconds remaining. Wilmington led by as many as 19 points.

Jackson capped a 17-0 WC run in the first half that gave the hometown team a 30-16 lead late in the first half. Stevens-Point closed within three at the break, 30-27.

Mansfield had a layup at 8:21 of the second half to put the Quakers in front by a seemingly comfortable margin of 58-39.

Wilmington still led 68-62 with just under a minute to play.

The Quakers hit just 1 of 4 free throws in the waning seconds to allow WSP to come from behind.

Bublitz led all scorers with 28 points including a perfect 18-of-18 at the free throw line. UWSP, as a team, made 26-of-28 (92.9 percent) from the charity stripe compared to 16-of-23 (69.6 percent) for Wilmington.

Mansfield led Wilmington in scoring with 22 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jackson added 16 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.