Cincinnati, OH - Wilmington continued its non-conference schedule by traveling to Mount St. Joseph University Tuesday night. The team was upended in the second half following what was a very successful first half by a score of 75-72. Wilmington was led by five players that were able to score in double figures.
Junior Will Patrick (Chester, PA/ Pickerington Central,) led the Quakers in scoring with 13 points on 6-8 shooting.
Junior Kevin Lewis (Cincinnati, OH/ Clark Montessori) chipped in with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.
Wilmington was in the lead 65-64 with 1:26 left in the second half when Mount St. Joseph guard Jordan Henry got fouled after completing a layup. Henry finished the three-point play by making his free throw resulting in Mount St. Joseph taking the lead 67-65.
The first half Quakers shot an outstanding 50.0% from the field outscoring the Lions 37-29. The Quakers had a balanced scoring attack and were successful moving the ball around resulting in high percentage shots for the offense. Defensively Wilmington held Mount St. Joseph to shooting 43.5% from the field and 18.2% from the three-point line.
The Lions got off to a very quick start in the second half scoring eight straight points bringing the game to a tie at the 18:28 mark left in the second. The Quakers fought back going on a 7-2 run of its own reclaiming the lead by a score of 46-39. Senior Jordan Jones (Dayton, OH/ Thurgood Marshall) scored five of his 10 points during that run that lasted almost two and a half minutes. The game continued to stay close throughout the rest of the second half, but with about 1:30 left in the game the Lions completed a layup while getting fouled to put them up by two points. From then on the Lions never gave up the lead and finished with the win 75-72.
Wilmington had nine different players score in the contest, with five players scoring in double figures.
Wilmington had a 47.1% to 52.3% disadvantage in overall field goal percentage.
Wilmington was able to force 20 turnovers from the Lions while compiling 14 team assists.
Wilmington will open it's first game at home this season against Defiance College on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. ET.