The Wilmington University men’s basketball team defeated the Georgian Court University Lions 76-66 on Wednesday at the WU Athletics Complex.
The leading scorer for the Wildcats in the game was redshirt senior guard Jermaine Head who scored 32 points. This is the second time this season Head has scored 30-plus points.
Sophomore forward Jordan Harding also scored in double-digits in the game as he had 11 points.
WilmU had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included fast-break points (6-2), bench points (19-10), turnovers (14-16), assists (15-7), steals (9-7) and blocks (8-0).
Wildcats also had the advantage of shooting as well, as the team shot 39.7% (25-63) and the Lions shot 33.3%(22-66). WilmU also had the advantage from downtown as well as they shot 40.0% (12-30) and Georgian Court shot 5.6% (1-18).
Wilmington Trails By Six At Halftime
The leading scorers for the Wildcats in the first half were Jordan Harding and Jermaine Head who each scored 10 points. As a team, Wilmington had a woeful shooting half in the first as they shot 35.7% (10-28). The Wildcats also shot 50.0% (3-6) from the foul line in the first half.
Just like Wilmington, Georgian Court did not fare any better in the shooting department as the team shot 35.3% (12-35). The Lions also shot 83.3% (10-12) at the free-throw line in the first half.
The Wildcats were outrebounded 22-16 in the first half and lost the turnover battle 9-3.
The first half started with Wilmington jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead which was thanks to back to back three-pointers from Jermaine Head. At the 16:11 minute mark, Wildcats lead would grow to a 10-1 advantage.
The Lions would trail for most of the first half but the team roared back in the game with a 17-3 run which gave them a 29-18 lead with 5:05 left in the half.
The Wildcats would answer back by outscoring Georgian Court 11-6 for the rest of half to decrease the Lions lead to 35-29.
First Half Stats
Wilmington shot 35.7% (10-28)in the first half and the Lions shot 35.3% (12-35).
WilmU shot 50.0% (3-6) at the foul line in the first half and Georgian Court shot 83.3% (10-12).
The leading scorers for the Wildcats in the first half were Jordan Harding and Jermaine Head who each scored 10 points.
Lions leading scorer in the first half was Caleb Bowser with 13 points.
Wilmington Stages A Second Half Comeback To Take Win
The leading scorer in the second half for the Wildcats was Jermaine Head with 22 points. As a team, Wilmington found the hoop on a more consistent basis in the second half as the team shot 42.9% (15-35). The Wildcats also took advantage of their time at the free-throw line as they shot 78.6% (11-14).
The Wildcats made the necessary adjustments in the second half to have the Lions throwing bricks at the basket as they shot 31.3% (10-32). Georgian Court also shot 68.8% (11-16) at the free-throw line in the second half.
Wilmington won the turnover battle in the second half by 5-12.
At the 13:12 minute mark in the game, the Wildcats would score five unanswered points which would tie the game up at 41 with 11:12 left in half.
Starting at the 9:56 minute mark, the Wildcats would take over this game as the team went on a 24-6 run which gave them a 65-48 lead with 5:42 left in the second half. Head was the leading man on the run with scoring 14 of the 24 points.
At 2:23 minute mark, Wilmington would hit 11 consecutive free throws to seal their 76-66 win.
The Wildcats head to New York to take on Dominican (N.Y.) on January 11th at 3 PM ET.
FG%: WU 39.7% & GC 33.3%
FT%: WU70.0% & GC 75.0%
Rebs:WU 39&GC 50
Ast: WU 15&GC 7
Stl: WU9&GC 7
TO: WU14 &GC 16
Blks:WU 8&GC 0