MARIETTA, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's basketball team was held under 70 points for just the fourth time this season in an 80-65 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) loss at Marietta College on Saturday afternoon.
Christian Jones found Andrew Russell for a three-pointer on the game's first possession to jumpstart the Wilmington offense which came into the contest averaging over 80 points per game. Marietta scored the next two baskets, but a Jordan Jones free throw tie the game 4-4 at the 16:39 mark. The Pioneers responded by scoring the next eight points, but consecutive baskets from Colin Meyers kept the Quakers within four points.
Leading 12-8 just over six minutes in, Marietta went on a 14-0 run over a five-minute stretch. The Pioneers would hold an advantage as large as 17 points, but the Quakers got the deficit down to 10 points (44-34) on a Christian Jones basket with 17 seconds left in the half.
Wilmington trailed by a dozen at halftime, but could not get closer in the second half. Marietta would lead by as many as 25 points (80-55) with 3:20 to play just before the Quakers ended the game on a 10-0 run.
"I thought we did a solid job defensively tonight, but we clearly struggled to make shots," Head Men's Basketball Coach K.C. Hunt said. "You have to make play at a high level on both ends of the floor to beat a good team on the road."
Wilmington shot 19-of-57 (33.3 percent) from the floor as well as 6-of-29 (20.7 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. Marietta, conversely made 29-of-65 (44.6 percent) from the field and a lackluster 4-of-21 (21.1 percent) from distance. Both squads shot exactly 75 percent from the free throw line – 21-of-28 for the Quakers and 18-of-24 for the Pioneers.
Five Pioneers notched double figures including Caleb Hoying with 16 points. Avery Williams tallied a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Wilmington (10-12, 6-10 OAC) hosts Capital University for senior day on Wednesday. Tip-off from Hermann Court is slated for 7 p.m.