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Second Half Scoring Drought Haunts Wilmington Men’s Basketball, 58-51, at Goldey-Beacom

MBB: Goldey-Beacom 58 - Wilmington 51

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Wilmington, DE

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Sophomore Ta'Vaune Griffin finished with a team high 11 points on Saturday at Goldey-Beacom. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.



Sophomore Shai Henry scored 10 points, hitting 2-of-5 from deep on Saturday at Goldey-Beacom. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

An extended scoreless streak midway through the second half harmed the Wilmington University men’s basketball team, as Goldey-Beacom used that time to come back and take the lead for good and go on to a 58-51 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at the Joseph West Jones Center.

Leading 43-38 after a 9-0 run with 11:05 remaining in regulation, the Wildcats (6-10, 2-5 CACC) went the next 6:48 of game time without scoring a point, giving the Lightning (6-8, 4-4 CACC) time to operate.

During that span, the Lightning went on a 12-0 run to take a 50-43 lead with 7:15 showing on the scoreboard. Neither team was able to find the bottom of the next until Wilmington’s Tyrik Gass put home a layup as he was fouled at the 4:17 mark.

Two minutes later, Ta’Vaune Griffin was able to convert a layup as he was fouled, sinking the foul shot for the three-point play to bring the Wildcats to within 52-49 with 2:14 remaining in regulation. But that would be as close as the Wildcats would get the rest of the way, as the Lightning extended the lead back out to seven and held on for the 58-51 win.

The Wildcats held the Lightning to shooting 33.9 percent for the game, but gave up 16 offensive rebounds that allowed Goldey-Beacom to take 21 more shots throughout the contest. Wilmington shot 18-of-41 from the floor (43.9 percent), including 5-of-15 from beyond the three-point arc. Wilmington also committed 19 turnovers on the afternoon, allowing Goldey-Beacom to lead, 19-10, on points off turnovers. The Lightning also led, 18-6, on second chance points.

The foul line proved to be a trouble spot for the Wildcats, as they went 10-of-23 from the line, compared to the Lightning’s 12-of-19.

The Wildcat offense was led by Griffin’s 11 points before he fouled out, shooting 4-of-6 from the floor but only 3-of-9 from the foul line. Shai Henry was the only other Wildcat to reach double digits, hitting 2-of-5 from the three-point arc and finishing with 10 points and six rebounds. Gass finished with a team high seven rebounds off the bench for the Wildcats.

Wilmington has a chance for a quick turnaround this week, as they welcome Georgian Court to the WU Athletics Complex for the first time in program history. It is the first season of Lions’ men’s program at Georgian Court. The Wildcats took a 69-54 victory on the road between the two programs earlier this season. Tuesday’s tip is scheduled for 8 p.m.