WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's basketball team begins its 2019-20 season with a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opponents this weekend. The Fightin' Quakers will face Transylvania University on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by host Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Teams: Wilmington, Transylvania and MSJ. The Fightin' Quakers finished the 2018-19 season with a 17-8 overall record and came one game away from clinching a share of their first Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) regular season championship. The Pioneers, who were picked to win the HCAC in the preseason poll, finished 17-10 last year while the Lions were 8-17.
The Coaches: K.C. Hunt is in his 13th 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. Brian Lane is in his 19ths season as the head coach of his alma mater while Toby Carrigan, a former Lane assistant, has been MSJ's head man for seven seasons.
The Players: DaeShawn Jackson returns for his senior season for Wilmington having averaged 14.7 points to lead Wilmington offensively last season. Abdul Kanu and Jeffery Mansfield both scored over seven points per contest while Mansfield is the top returning rebounder with 3.8 per contest. Transylvania returns its top two scorers in Michael Jefferson and Gabe Schmidt. The two combined for nearly 25 points in 2018-19. Two MSJ sophomores – Devin Young and Brady Thomas – scored in double figures as freshman.
Tale of the Tape (2018-19): Points per game - Wilmington 79.4, Transylvania 76.0, MSJ 62.7; opponents points per game - Wilmington 75.6, Transylvania 73.0, MSJ 70.6;; field goal percentage - Wilmington 43.2, Transylvania 47.0, MSJ 44.9; three point percentage - Wilmington 35.9, Transylvania 34.8, MSJ 32.7; free throw percentage - Wilmington 70.7, Transylvania 67.5, MSJ 74.0; rebounds per game - Wilmington 36.5, Transylvania 34.3, MSJ 26.8; assist-to-turnover ratio - Wilmington 1.00, Transylvania 1.23, MSJ 0.89.
Recent History: Wilmington is 1-2 against Transylvania since 2009 and 4-6 against MSJ since 2009. More information on the series histories can be viewed at the link above.
Social Media: Wilmington athletics is represented on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics), Twitter (@DubCQuakers) and Instagram (@DubCQuakers). Follow all the happenings of Wilmington College on social media by using the hashtag "#WeAreDubC".
Coverage: Live statistics and live video for both games will be available - visit the links above.
Up Next: Wilmington heads to the College of Wooster for a non-conference contest on Nov. 23.