FREDERICK, Md. – The Wilmington College men’s basketball team was defeated by preseason No. 14 Christopher Newport 82-64 Sunday in the championship game of the Rotary of Frederick (Md.) Holiday Classic.
A NCAA Div. III tournament Sweet 16 team a year ago at 27-3, the Captains solved the Quakers defensive strategy by shooting 54.5 percent from the floor (30 of 55). Christopher Newport also held a 51-30 advantage in rebounds.
“We played a great opponent,” WC head coach KC Hunt said. “It was a great learning experience for us as a group. We need to keep getting better in all phases of the game and keep moving forward.”
The Quakers will play at Mount St. Joseph 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Wilmington took care of the basketball (10 turnovers) but didn’t shoot very well (22 for 66).
Nathan Scott and Will Patrick had 12 points each for the Quakers. DJ Iles had 11 points.
Scott and Patrick were named to the all-tournament team.
Colin Myers came off the WC bench to grab a team-high seven rebounds while Jordan Jones had a WC-best three assists and three steals.
Spencer Marin led five CNU players in double figures with 18 points.
On Saturday, Wilmington defeated Hood 89-77 in the first round of the tournament.
The Quakers were 31 for 60 from the floor, including 8 for 17 beyond the arc.
Christian Jones had a game-high 24 points to go along with three rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot. He was 9 for 10 at the free throw line.
Myers had 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He grabbed five rebounds and blocked a pair of Blazers shots. Scott had 12 points, three assists and two blocked shots.
Patrick led with four assists. Jordan Jones had six rebounds while Christian Jones and Andrew Russell had three steals each.
WC was again outrebounded, 41-34, and committed 28 turnovers. The Quakers forced Hood into 34 miscues.
“Winning on the road, let alone beating the host team, is always a tough thing to do in any tournament,” Hunt said. “Our toughness and willingness to play the right way in the second half was definitely the difference.