'Cats Dealt Sixth Straight Loss, Fall to Washington Adventist 72-70 in Heartbreaking Fashion
Washington Adventist 72, Wilmington 70
Thursday, December 29, 2011 - New Castle, DE
Click Image to Enlarge
The Wildcats of Wilmington University fell 72-70 to the visiting Shock of Washington Adventist University, courtesy of last-second basket from Jamie Newton in non-conference men’s basketball action on Thursday evening.
It was all Washington Adventist (6-7) to start this game, as the Shock opened the game on an 11-4 run over the game’s first five minutes. After the next five, it was 23-12 in favor of the visitors, but Wilmington (4-7) responded with a 17-6 spurt over the next five to tie the game at 29-29. Washington Adventist then pulled away, going ahead by as many as six (36-30) with just under two minutes remaining. The Shock went into the locker room holding a four point lead, 37-33.
With the visitors ahead by a 41-35 score, the Wildcats went on an 8-1 run to take a 43-42 lead just five minutes in the period. The ‘Cats held on to a slim lead over the next few, before the Shock answered with an 8-2 spurt to go back on top, 54-51. In a game of rallies, it was then Wilmington’s turn and the squad responded with a 9-1 run to take a 60-55 lead, their largest of the game, with 9:08 to play. The ‘Cats held on to the advantage for the next three minutes, but the Shock’s Brandon Washington hit a lay-up to net the contest at 62.
Washington Adventist then pulled ahead by as many as four (68-64) with 3:28 left on the clock. Two straight baskets by the ‘Cats tied the game at 68, and the Shock answered with a lay-up from Desmin Wade. Paco Boussougo netted a bucket for the Wildcats to tie the game at 70 with 1:44 remaining, and on the next series the visitors had numerous attempts to go ahead, but missed two shots and turned the ball over with 50 seconds left in the contest. Wilmington ran the clock down to 21 seconds before calling a time out, and on the ensuing play turned the ball over. Jamie Newton dribbled through a trio of Wilmington defenders before unleashing a runner in the lane that proved to be the game winner. The ‘Cats were left with 0.08 seconds on the clock, and could not get a shot off before the buzzer sounded, sending the hosts to their sixth straight defeat.
Wilmington was led by senior Corye Payton, who posted 18 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Brandon Fox added 16 points and eight boards, while Isiah Mason had eight points and five rebounds.
The Shock were paced by Marcus Coleman’s 25 points and four rebounds. Jamie Newton added 13 points and 12 assists, while Anthony Berry netted 17 points and pulled down six boards.
Washington Adventist shot 52.6 percent from the floor for the game, while Wilmington hit at a 47.6 percent clip. Both teams struggled from behind the arc, with the ‘Cats hitting just 2-of-12 and the Shock making 1-of-13. The two squads were ice cold from the foul line, as Wilmington continued their troubles from the charity stripe (8-of-17) and Washington Adventist hit 11-of-21. The ‘Cats held the edge on the glass, out-rebounding the visitors by a 41-32 margin, including 19 offensive rebounds that led to 21 second-chance points.
Wilmington returns to the court on Tuesday evening, when they host the cross-town rival Lightning of Goldey-Beacom College in a CACC contest beginning at 8:00 PM.