Fox's Double-Double Not Enough as 'Cats Fall to Indianapolis, 74-71
Indianpolis 74, Wilmington 71
Saturday, December 17, 2011 - New Castle, DE
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Junior forward Brandon Fox notched 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Wildcats of Wilmington University fell to the University of Indianapolis, 74-71 in the first game of the D2 Hoops Classic.
The Greyhounds (6-2) scored on their first possession and eventually built an 11-point lead, 19-8 with 12:23 to go in the first half. UIndy stretched the lead to 14, 33-19, after a three-pointer, but the Wildcats (4-5) came back to close within six, 33-27, with 5:26 to go in the half.
UIndy responded to go back up by 13, 44-31, on another three-pointer with 44 seconds left in the half and retained a 10-point lead at the break, 44-34. The Greyhounds shot 52 percent in the first half (13-25) with five three-pointers and made 13-of-16 free throws. They limited Wilmington to only two three-pointers and 4-of-6 at the line.
The Wildcats scored the first four points of the second half, but Cody Vest hit his first three-pointer to put UIndy back up 12, 51-39, just over four minutes into the half. Four minutes later, the Greyhounds still led by 12, 60-48, when Wilmington started to climb back into the game. The Wildcats were within one possession, 65-62, with 5:22 to play, but Adrian Moss came back with a three-pointer and Jarrett Hamilton converted a three-point play to put UIndy back up nine, 71-62.
The Greyhounds would only score three more points in the final 4:41, but were able to hold off Wilmington as Herb Dennis missed a three-pointer from just past half court at the buzzer.
The ‘Cats were paced by Fox’s 29 point, 11 rebound performance, as the junior shot 13-of-17 from the floor. Senior Corye Payton added 15 points and five boards, while classmate Matt King chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Herb Dennis added eight points and five assists.
Greyhound had four players in double-digits, led by Adrian Moss’ 19 points and five rebounds. Jarrett Hamilton added 13 points and nine boards, while Cody Vest had 12 and Wilbur O’Neil chipped in 11.
Wilmington had the edge shooting, as they connected at 46.7 percent, while UIndy hit at 42.3 percent. Rebounding was just about even, with the Wildcats pulling down 36, compared to the Greyhounds 38. The difference at the game came at the free throw line, where Wilmington hit just 9-of-18 and Indianapolis made 22-of-30 opportunities.
The Wildcats return to the court on Sunday evening in the final game of the Classic, as they take on Central Oklahoma University at 5:00 PM.