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The Wilmington University men’s basketball team stormed their way back in the second half to take a 75-66 win over the Chestnut Hill College Griffins on Wednesday at the Sorgenti Arena.
The leading scorer for the Wildcats in the game was redshirt senior guard Jermaine Head who scored 33 points. This is the third time this season Head has scored 30-plus points.
Two other Wilmington players scored in double digits in the win which they were sophomore forward Jordan Harding (13) and redshirt junior guard Kameron Cooper (14).
WilmU had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included points off of turnovers (23-9), fast-break points (2-0), bench points (14-12), turnovers (10-15), steals (8-5) and blocks (2-1).
Wildcats also had the advantage from downtown as well as they shot 33.3% (11-33) and Chestnut Hill shot 14.3% (3-21).
Wilmington took advantage of their time at the foul line in the game as the team shot 88.9% (16-18). The Griffins shot 56.7% (17-30) at the foul line in the game.
Wildcats Trail By 10 At The Half
The leading scorer for Wilmington in the first half was Kameron Cooper who had nine points. As a team, the Wildcats struggle to find a bucket in the first half as they shot 23.3% (7-23). Wilmington also shot 83.3% (5-6) from the free-throw line in the first half.
Chestnut Hill shot 42.9% (12-28) in the first half and they also shot 50.0% (6-12) at the free-throw line.
The Griffins outrebounded the Wildcats 28-14 in the first half.
The game started with Chestnut Hill coming out strong early with a 7-1 run which showed what kind of half this would be for Wilmington.
At the 12:33 minute mark, the Griffins outscored WilmU 17-9 which would push their lead to 25-17 with 2:33 remaining in the first half.
Chestnut Hill would outscore Wilmington 6-4 for the rest of the half to take a 31-21 lead into halftime.
First Half Stats
Wilmington shot 23.3% (7-23) in the first half and the Griffins shot 42.9% (12-28).
WilmU shot 83.3% (5-6) at the foul line in the first half and Chestnut Hill shot 50.0% (6-12).
The leading scorer for the Wildcats in the first half was Kameron Cooper who scored 10 points.
Griffins leading scorer in the first half was Trevonn Pitts with seven points.
Jermaine Head Takes Over The Game In Second Half
The leading scorer for Wilmington in the second half was Jermaine Head who scored 27 points. As a team, the Wildcats saw the basket much better in the second half as they shot 53.1% (17-32). Wilmington also shot 91.7% (11-12) at the free-throw line in the second half.
Wilmington made some adjustments which changed the way Chestnut Hill shot the ball in the second half, as the team shot 37.9% (11-29). The Griffins also shot 61.1% (11-18) at the free-throw line in the second half.
In the first six minutes of the second half, Chestnut Hill would still have a double-digit lead over the Wildcats, as of the 14:20 minute mark Griffins led 45-35.
At the 13:57 minute mark, Wilmington started to fight back as the team went on a 15-2 run which gave the team a 50-47 lead with 9:26 left in the game. Head was the leader of the run which he scored 10 of the 15 points.
A couple minutes later, Chestnut Hill would tie the game up and then take a six-point lead with 6:44 left in the game.
Wilmington’s Jordan Harding would tie the game up at 64 with a layup with 2:44 left in the second half. The very next bucket was Wildcats redshirt junior guard Danny Walsh hitting a three-pointer to give his team a 67-64 lead with 1:42 left in the game.
Jermaine Head would finish off the scoring for the Wildcats as he scored the next nine points to help give his team a 75-66 comeback win.
Wilmington heads back home to take on Felician on January 18th at 3 PM ET.
FG%: WU 38.7% & CH 40.4%
FT%: WU88.9% & CH 56.7%
Rebs: WU 29&CH 46
Ast: WU 10&CH15
Stl: WU8&CH 5
TO: WU10 &CH15