No. 6 Marietta stays unbeaten in OAC with win over WC


By Bill Liermann - WNJ Sports Writer



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WILMINGTON — For the upset-minded Wilmington College men’s basketball team, it was a big challenge entering Saturday’s Ohio Athletic Conference battle with No. 6 Marietta.

During the first 10 minutes of the opening half, the Quakers rose to the challenge and built a 12-8 lead. Unfortunately, Marietta caught fire and went to post a 75-64 victory at Fred Raizk Arena.

The loss drops the Quakers to 4-7 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Marietta is now 10-1, 4-0 in the OAC.

Marietta, which came into the contest averaging 92 points per game, outscored WC 26-15 the remainder of the first half, taking a 34-27 halftime lead.

The Pioneers then stretched their lead to 19 points (48-29) with a 13-2 run when play resumed in the second half.

Wilmington chipped away at the deficit, cutting the margin to single digits with just under 3:00 to play in regulation, but got no closer than 66-58.

Leading the Pioneer scoring attack, Jason Ellis and Tim Kreeger combined for 45 points.

In a losing cause for Wilmington, Colin Myers scored 18 points, including four three-pointers. DaeShawn Jackson followed with 12, and Wilmington High School grad Jeffery Mansfield added 10 points.

The Quakers also struggled at the free throw line, converting just 18 of 31 free throws attempted. In the second half, they were 11 of 20 from the charity stripe.

Other than Mansfield (8-9) and Ellis (11-12) the remaining players from both teams were a combined 19 for 44 from the free throw line.

WC turned the ball over 16 times, while Marietta committed 11 turnovers. The Pioneers outscored Wilmington by a 20-9 advantage in points made off turnovers.

Wilmington returns to OAC action Wednesday night, hosting the Capital Crusaders, tip-off at 7 p.m.

SUMMARY

Jan 4, 2020

@Fred Raizk Arena

No. 6 Marietta 75 Wilmington 64

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W^26^37^^64

(75) MARIETTA (fg-3fg-ft-tp) James 0-0-3-3 Ellis 7-1-11-26 Kreeger 8-0-3-19 Hall 4-1-1-10 Hoyng 3-1-0-7 Lydic 0-0-2-2 Snyder 0-0-0-0 Reidy 0-0-0-0 Greiser 0-0-0-0 Matoszkia 2-0-0-4 Montgomery 2-0-0-4 TOTALS 26-3-20-75

(64) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Mansfield 1-0-8-10 Kanu 2-0-0-4 P. Smith 1-1-2-5 Jackson 5-0-2-12 Myers 6-4-2-18 Mullins 2-1-1-6 Mihalick 0-0-0-0 Hamilton 1-0-2-4 Todd 1-0-0-2 Dado 0-0-1-1 M. Smith 1-0-0-2 Elder 0-0-0-0 TOTALS 20-6-18-64

FIELD GOALS: M (26-63) Kreeger 8-12 Hall 4-5; W (20-58) Myers 6-14 Jackson 5-13

3 PT FIELD GOALS: M (3-17); W (6-26) Myers 4-11

FREE THROWS: M (20-34) Ellis 11-12; W (18-31) Mansfield 8-9

REBOUNDS: M-45 (Kreeger 13); W-42 (Myers 9 Jackson 7 Hamilton 7 Mansfield 6 Dado 3 M. Smith 2 P. Smith 2)

ASSISTS: M-13 (Ellis 5); W-9 (Jackson 3 Mansfield 2 Kanu 2)

STEALS: M-6 (Hall 2); W-7 (Jackson 2 Myers 2)

BLOCKED SHOTS: M-3; W-5 (Todd 2)

TURNOVERS: M-11, W-16

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By Bill Liermann

WNJ Sports Writer