WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's basketball team travels to the Kiwanis/Wittenberg Holiday Classic for the final two games of the 2018 calendar year this weekend.
The Classic: Wilmington will face Wabash College at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 followed by host Wittenberg University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29.
The Teams: Wilmington, Wabash and Wittenberg. The Fightin' Quakers come into the weekend with a 5-4 record and trying to snap a two-game slump after falling at Capital University 75-62 on Dec. 19. The Little Giants are a perfect 10-0 this season after dispatching two North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) foes by over 40 points each last week. The Tigers are 8-1 with the lone blemish being an 84-74 loss at Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) member Marietta College on Nov. 28.
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. Kyle Brummett, who most recently won his 200th career game, is in his fifth season as Wabash's head coach. Matt Croci, a 1994 Wittenberg alumnus, is in his third season leading the Tigers.
The Players: Three Wilmington individuals - Kevin Lewis, DaeShawn Jackson and Will Patrick - all score in double figures with Jackson leading the team at 17.0 points per game. Lewis leads the squad in rebounding at 6.2 boards per contest while Abdul Kanu, Jeffery Mansfield, Andrew Russell and Colin Myers all grab over three rebounds per game. Payton Smith dishes out a team high 2.8 assists per contest. Jack Davison averages 22.8 points per game to lead the Little Giants while Harrison Hallstrom scores 10.4 points and grabs a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game. A trio of Tigers - Connor Seipel, Mitchell Balser and Jordan Pumroy - all score in double figures with Seipel averaging a double-double.
Tale of the Tape: Points per game - Wilmington 76.8, Wabash 89.9, Wittenberg 80.7; opponents points per game - Wilmington 76.3, Wabash 62.1, Wittenberg 82.5; field goal percentage - Wilmington 40.9, Wabash 48.3, Wittenberg 48.4; three point percentage - Wilmington 36.4, Wabash 38.6, Wittenberg 36.7; free throw percentage - Wilmington 68.4, Wabash 78.3, Wittenberg 72.9; rebounds per game - Wilmington 35.1, Wabash 44.8, Wittenberg 37.3; assist-to-turnover ratio - Wilmington 0.89, Wabash 1.40, Wittenberg 1.21.
Top 25: Both Wabash (No. 21) and Wittenberg (No. 11) are ranked in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.
Recent History: Wilmington is undefeated (1-0) against Wabash and winless (0-4) against Wittenberg since becoming an NCAA Division III member prior to the 1991-92 season. More information on the series history 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 of both games as well as live audio of the Wittenberg game will be available - visit the links above.
Up Next: Wilmington will open the New Year at home vs. John Carroll University on Jan. 5.