WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's basketball team brings a four-game winning streak into an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) contest with the University of Mount Union on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.
The Teams: Wilmington and Mount Union. The Fightin' Quakers are 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the OAC after a 93-84 triumph over Ohio Northern University on Wednesday. The Purple Raiders are 7-1 on the season and also unbeaten in conference play after a 95-74 win over John Carroll University on Wednesday.
The Coaches: K.C. Hunt is in his 12th season as head coach of Wilmington's men's basketball program. Hunt, who has coached two All-Americans and seven of the school's 1,000-point scorers, led the Quakers to OAC Tournament titles in 2010 and 2014. He garnered Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors for guiding Wilmington to OAC Tournament title and a win in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2010. Mike Fuline is in his eighth season as Mount Union's head men's basketball coach. The Purple Raiders won OAC championships in 2013-14 (regular season) and 2014-15 (tournament) under his tutelage.
The Players: Three Wilmington individuals - Kevin Lewis, DaeShawn Jackson and Will Patrick - all score in double figures with Lewis leading the team at 18.0 points per game. Lewis also leads the squad in rebounding at 6.7 boards per contest while Abdul Kanu and Jeffery Mansfield all grab over four rebounds per game. Payton Smith dishes out a team high 3.5 assists per contest. The Purple Raiders also have a trio of individuals – Tommy Stenger, Diallo Niamke and Nathan Bower-Malone – who scored in double figures. Stenger, who leads Mount Union in scoring at 15.9 points per game, also averages a team-high 5.8 rebounds per contest.
Tale of the Tape: Points per game - Wilmington 81.0, Mount Union 78.9; opponents points per game - Wilmington 72.3, Mount Union 65.0; field goal percentage - Wilmington 42.8, Mount Union 47.1; three point percentage - Wilmington 38.1, Mount Union 33.3; free throw percentage - Wilmington 66.4, Mount Union 72.3; rebounds per game - Wilmington 38.7, Mount Union 36.9; assist-to-turnover ratio - Wilmington 0.96, Mount Union 1.00.
Recent History: Wilmington is 16-21 against Mount Union since joining the OAC prior to the 2000-01 season. The Purple Raiders won both meetings by a combined eight points last season. More information on the series history can be viewed at the link above.
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Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the game will be available - visit the links above.
Up Next: Wilmington has a week off before traveling to defending OAC champion Marietta College next weekend.