Mansfield’s 35 not enough as WC falls to BW

BEREA — Jeffery Mansfield scored a career-high 35 points, but it was Baldwin Wallace University that came out on top of the Wilmington College men’s basketball 87-84 Saturday in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest.

The game marks the fourth straight time the final margin was single digits for the Quakers.

BW scored seven of the game’s first nine points and held that lead the entire first half. Wilmington closed within a basket on several occasions, but only got the ball back once with a chance to score or take the lead. That moment came at the 9:31 mark of the first half when a B.J. Hamilton triple was off target with the score 27-25. From that point, the Yellow Jackets stretched their advantage to as high as nine points (39-30) and led 49-42 at the halftime.

In the second half, it was Wilmington that opened the period strong as the Quakers scored 19 points and held the Yellow Jackets to just six in the first seven minutes. The last 11 points were scored by Mansfield and his two free throws put the Quakers up 61-55. Four minutes later, a DaeShawn Jackson layup gave Wilmington its biggest lead of the game, 72-63 with 9:31 to play.

Unfortunately for the Quakers, the Yellow Jackets battled all the way back to tie it 80-80 with three minutes to play. Mansfield was fouled on the next possession and made both free throws, but two of BW’s next three offensive trips scored the hosts three points as Michael Quiring hit a triple and Alex Nahra converted the hoop and the harm.

Trailing 86-82 with 13 seconds left, Mansfield made two more free throws. Wilmington then fouled, and the Yellow Jackets made 1-of-2 free throws, but Jackson’s potential game-tying three-pointer was off the mark.

Mansfield hit on 10-of-12 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free throw line in just 24 minutes. Jackson scored 21 points while Payton Smith missed a double-double by one assist, tallying 10 points, nine assists and five steals.

Wilmington (5-10, 3-5 OAC) closes out the first half of conference play at Muskingum University Wednesday evening.