Photo: Wilmington University
The Wilmington University men’s basketball team has now won two straight games, as the team defeated the Caldwell University Cougars 75-69 on Saturday at Corino Court.
The leading scorer for the Wildcats in the game was redshirt senior guard Jermaine Head who scored 17 points. Head also recorded a double-double in the win as he had 14 assists with his 17 points. This is Head’s third double-double of the season.
Three other Wilmington players scored in double digits in the win which they were redshirt junior guard Kameron Cooper (15), redshirt junior guard Danny Walsh (12) and freshman guard Isaiah Daniels-Porter (10).
WilmU had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included points off turnovers (22-9), fast-break points (16-9), assists (19-10) and steals (11-6).
Wildcats also had the advantage of shooting as well, as the team shot 47.3% (26-55) and Caldwell shot 39.0% (23-59). WilmU also had the advantage from downtown as well as they shot 48.5% (16-33) and Cougars shot 28.6% (6-21).
Wilmington took advantage of their time at the free-throw line as the team shot 87.5% (7-8). Caldwell shot 65.4% (17-26) at the free-throw line in the game.
Wildcats Three-Point Shooting Gives Them The Lead After One Half
The leading scorer for the Wildcats in the first half was Jermaine Head who scored 10 points. As a team, Wilmington shot 44.4% (12-27) in the first half and they also shot 47.4% (9-19) at the three-point line.
Caldwell shot 33.3% (10-30) in the first half and they also shot 83.3% (10-12) at the free-throw line.
Wilmington was outrebounded 21-12 by Caldwell in the first half.
The game started with the Wildcats running out to a quick 11-4 lead which had the team hitting three shots from the perimeter during that time.
At the 15:30 minute mark, WilmU would go on a 10-5 run which would push their lead to 21-9 with 12:25 left in the half.
Starting at the 8:20 minute mark, Caldwell would outscore Wilmington 15-11 to decrease Wildcats lead to 37-32 going into the half. The Wildcats would drain four shots from the perimeter during that time. Kameron Cooper and Isaiah Daniels-Porter were responsible for the four perimeter shots as each player hit two each.
Wildcats Shooting Improves In Second To Seal Win
The leading scorers for the Wildcats in the second half were Jermaine Head and Danny Walsh. Wilmington had their best shooting percentage of the game in the second half as the team shot 50.0% (14-28). The Wildcats also shot 75.0% (3-4) at the free-throw line in the second half.
Caldwell shot 44.8% (13-29) in the second half and they also shot 50.0% (7-14) at the free-throw line.
The Cougars would not back down as the team narrowed down Wilmington’s lead to single digits multiple times in the second half.
At the 6:18 minute mark, Wilmington was leading 59-54 which the team needed to put some extra cushion into the lead as Caldwell had a knack of hanging in there.
About a minute later, the Wildcats would go on an 8-3 run which would give the team a double-digit lead (67-57) with 3:58 left in the game. Wilmington hit two shots from the perimeter which came from Kameron Cooper and Isaiah Daniels-Porter.
Caldwell would outscore Wilmington 12-8 for the rest of the game but Wilmington would hang on to win 75-69.
The Wildcats travel back to Delaware to take on Jefferson at 8 PM ET on February 12th.
FG%: WU47.3% & CU 39.0%
FT%: WU87.5% &CU65.4%
Rebs: WU27& CU43
Ast: WU 19& CU 10
TO: WU19 &CU19
Blks: WU 2 6&CU2