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Rally Falls Short As Wilmington Men’s Basketball Can’t Overcome Second Half Deficit, 73-64, at Goldey-Beacom

MBB: Wilmington 64 - Goldey-Beacom 73

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - Wilmington, DE

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Senior guard Corye Payton

This time the hole was too big to climb out of.

In what has become almost an every game occurrence, the Wilmington University men’s basketball team fell behind early but couldn’t manage to climb all the way back, dropping a 73-64 decision at Goldey-Beacom on Tuesday night in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference matchup.

The Wildcats (7-10, 3-5 CACC) found themselves down 15-2 before they clawed their back into the contest by halftime. But another double-digit second half surge by Goldey-Beacom (11-6, 6-2 CACC) was too much for the visitors.

A three-pointer by AJ Picard put GBC up 16 with 14:09 to play, giving the Lightning their largest lead of the game, and proving to be just large enough to pick up the win.

The Wildcats cut the deficit to nine with a pair of free-throws from Matt King, trailing 49-38 with 10:19 showing on the clock in the second half. King and Beacom’s Tariq Uqdah then went after a loose ball, forcing King to run over Uqdah. After the foul on King was called, Uqdah had displayed a tyrant of extra-curricular activity, forcing the refs to putting two technical fouls on him and disqualifying him from the contest. The Wildcats went on to hit 3-of-4 of the foul shots to close the gap to 55-46 with 7:38 to play.

The momentum turned to the Wildcats favor, as they scored back-to-back fast break buckets to make it a three-point game with 6:19 left in regulation. Wilmington cut it to a single point on their next possession, but a timely three by little used Curtis Hopkins gave GBC a four-point lead, and secured the victory.

Corye Payton scored a game-high 23 points and finished with a team high six rebounds, while King finished with 12 points. Payton shot 8-for-15 from the floor, including 4-for-9 from three-point territory. The Wildcats were hurt by their performance at the charity stripe, shooting 15-25 from the line.

The Lightning had four players in double figures, led by Marcus Porter’s 19. Rich Fleming added 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Picard (14) and Jordan Brooks (10) also added double-digits.

Wilmington shot 21-for-54 from the floor, including 7-for-19 from three-point land, but lost the battle on the boards, 38-34. GBC shot 22-for-50 from the floor for the game, including 10-for-18 from beyond the arc.

The Wildcats will look to bounce back in the CACC on Saturday as they remain on the road as they head to Dominican (N.Y.) for a 3 p.m. tip.