On Tuesday night, it was expected to be a shootout to the end with the top five CACC scorers playing in this match-up between Wilmington University and Holy Family Tigers. It certainly was that in the late 2nd half where Holy Family made a late push for the lead but Wilmington hung on for the 92-90 win at the WU Athletics Complex.
With this win, the Wildcats clinched a spot in the South Division for the CACC Tournament. This is a pretty big deal for this program which has a history of losing.
It all started in the first half, where Wilmington went on a quick 8-0 run on Holy Family with 15:56 left in the first half. The run was started by a Masner Beauplan free throw and it ended with a Tajee Almon jump shot. Beauplan led the Wildcats with 4 points in the run.
Then about the 6:11 mark in the first, Wilmington’s Brian Adkins made a layup to give the Wildcats a commanding 31-19 lead.
Holy Family was not going to just lay down and give the Wildcats this game, instead, they went on a 12-2 run to bring them within six points of the lead with a minute remaining in the first half.
The Tigers could not hold on to that momentum and the Wildcats clawed back with a 10-3 run to close the half with a 46-34 lead.
Wilmington shot 46.2% from the field in the first half, while Holy Family shot 36.7 %.
The Tigers had 11 turnovers in the first half, while Wilmington had 5.
Omari Dill-Pettiford led the Wildcats with 13 points in the first half.
Randy Bell led Holy Family with 19 points in the first half.
Then the second half started and Holy Family’s Maliq Sanders was feeling it because he made three straight layups in a row to bring the Tigers within six points of the Wildcats’ lead.
Until about the 6:51 mark in the second half where the score was 79-70, Wilmington’s lead was no more than four points.
Wilmington went on a 10-2 run with 5:59 remaining in the game, which gave the Wildcats some breathing room with the score being 89-74. Miles Gillette started the run with a made free throw and Tyaire Ponzo-Meek ended with a made free throw.
Well, then the Tigers came roaring back with a 16-2 run to trim the lead to 91-90 with about a minute left. The run started with a Sean Griffin layup and ended with a Manny Casie made free throw.
Then with 13 seconds left in the game, Masner Beauplan got fouled and hit one of his free throws to put the score 92-90.
Holy Family’s Randy Bell went for a three with three seconds left in the game and it missed it.
Tyaire Ponzo-Meek led the Wildcats with 23 points in the game.
Nick Richards had a double-double on the night with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Along with Ponzo-Meek and Richards, two other Wildcats had double-digits in points and they were Omari Dill-Pettiford (15) and Masner Beauplan (14).
Wilmington ( 17-7, 12-3 CACC) heads to Post on Saturday. The tip is off at 3:00pm.
DE SPORTS BLITZ PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Wildcats: Nick Richards who had 20 points, 14 rebounds ( 8 defensive, 6 offensive), 5 assists, 3 steals and went 6 for 7 at the free throw line.
Tigers: Randy Bell who had 36 points, 2 rebounds ( 2 defensive) and 5 assists.
Tigers: 47 %
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