Wilmington Men Fall to Central Oklahomaa, 72-63 in Final Day of Action at the Division II Holiday Hoops Classic
Central Oklahoma 72, Wilmington 63
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - New Castle, DE
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The Wildcats of Wilmington University dropped their second game at the Division II Holiday Hoops Classic, as they fell to the Bronchos of Central Oklahoma by a score of 72-63.
UCO (8-6) never trailed in the contest, as the Bronchos opened the game on a 14-0 run. Seven minutes into the game, the lead grew to 20-15, as UCO hit eight of its first 11 shots. The advantage grew to as many as 16 (22-6) midway through the first half, but the ‘Cats rallied to pull within two (26-24) after an 18-4 run. The Bronchos held on and were up 32-29 at the break.
Wilmington (4-6) tied the game at 32 in the opening minute of the second half, but UCO responded with a 9-0 run to regain control, and extended that lead to 14 (51-37) midway through the period. The lead would grow to as many as 15 (56-41) with 7:31 remaining, but the ‘Cats still had some fight left in them. Wilmington pulled within seven at 63-56 with just over three minutes left on the clock, but could not get any closer. The Bronchos held on for a nine-point win, and the Wildcats left Las Vegas with a 0-2 record at the Holiday Classic.
The ‘Cats were led by senior Corye Payton, who posted 20 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Brandon Fox added five points and 11 rebounds, while classmate Isiah Mason had 15 points.
Central Oklahoma was paced by Shane Carroll’s 22 points, while Spencer Smith added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Brent Friday notched 14 points, while Tyler Phillips chipped in with 10.
The Bronchos out-shot the Wildcats, hitting 49 percent of their shots, compared to 41.2 percent for the ‘Cats. Central Oklahoma held the edge on the glass too, 39-29, while both teams struggled from the foul line, with each shooting under 50 percent.
The Wildcats have some time off to enjoy the holidays, before returning to the court. Wilmington’s next game is a home contest against Washington Adventist University on Thursday, December 29th
. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM.