Cold finish spells doom for WC men in 84-74 loss


ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Wilmington College men’s basketball team led 66-62 with eight minutes to play, but the University of Mount Union went on a 13-2 run over five minutes to earn an 84-74 Ohio Athletic Conference win on Saturday.

Mount Union hit the game’s first field goal, a three-pointer from Nathan Bower-Malone, but Wilmington answered with a 10-0 run that featured four different Quakers — Colin Myers, Abdul Kanu, Jeffery Mansfield and Matt Smith — scoring a basket. The visitors held that lead for nearly eight minutes until a pair of Purple Raider free throws tied the game 24-24 with 7:16 remaining in the first half.

A Mansfield jumped put Wilmington on top and the Quakers led 37-35 at halftime.

The first 12 minutes of the second half were played within a six-point window with the Quakers leading by as many as five, on multiple occasions, and the Purple Raiders by just a single point. Unfortunately for Wilmington, it went cold offensively over the final eight minutes that led to a Mount Union win.

The Quakers finished 28-of-64 (43.8 percent) from the field and made nine three-pointers on 26 shots, and nine free throws on 17 attempts. The Purple Raiders, who came into the game as the OAC’s top shooting team both from the field and beyond the arc, didn’t disappoint in either department. Mount Union made half (26-of-52) of its field goal attempts and 44.0 percent (11-of-25) of its three-point attempts.

Wilmington tied its season high with 14 steals and forcing 23 turnovers. The Quakers couldn’t overcome a 43-23 rebounding deficit, however.

Individually, Mansfield led all scorers, pouring in a career-high 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. DaeShawn Jackson and Colin Myers also scored in double figures with 16 and 10 points respectively.

Collen Gurley led Mount Union with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Bower-Malone also scored 18 points despite committing nine turnovers.

Wilmington (3-6, 2-1 OAC) closes out the 2019 calendar year at Olivet College (Mich.) Wednesday.

SUMMARY

Dec 14, 2019

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Mt Union 84 Wilmington 74

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(74) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Kanu 2-0-2-6 Myers 4-2-0-10 Mansfield 11-5-2-29 P. Smith 3-0-0-6 Jackson 5-1-5-16 Mullins 0-0-0-0 Horton 0-0-0-0 Todd 0-0-0-0 Dado 0-0-0-0 M. Smith 3-1-0-7. TOTALS 28-9-9-74

(84) MOUNT UNION (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Poole 1-0-0-2 Carroll 0-0-0-0 Gurley 9-3-5-26 Bower-Malone 6-5-1-18 Slack 1-1-0-3 Painter 3-2-4-12 Friga 1-0-6-8 Caywood 2-0-0-4 Hill 3-0-5-11. TOTALS 26-11-21-84

FIELD GOALS: W (28-64) Mansfield 11-17 Myers 4-7 M. Smith 3-5; M (26-52) Gurley 9-16

3 PT FIELD GOALS: W (9-26) Mansfield 5-8); M (11-25)

FREE THROWS: W (9-17) Jackson 5-10); M (21-24) Friga 6-7

REBOUNDS: W-23 (Myers 5, P Smith 5, Jackson 5, Mansfield 4, M. Smith 2) M-43 (Friga 8, Hill 7, Gurley 7)

ASSISTS: W-11 (Kanu 5 Mansfield 2 P. Smith 2); M-13 (Friga 4)

STEALS: W-14 (Jackson 3 Myers 3 Mansfield 2 Kanu 2 P. Smith 2); M-5

BLOCKED SHOTS: W-2 (Kanu 2); M-3 (Friga 2)

TURNOVERS: W-9; M-23

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