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Men's Basketball Travels to Marietta Saturday

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis





WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's basketball team travels to Marietta College for an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) contest on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off from Ban Johnson Arena is slated for 3 p.m.

The Teams: Wilmington and Marietta. The Fightin' Quakers stand at 5-2 overall and 2-1 in OAC play after falling to the University of Mount Union 92-74 on Saturday. The Pioneers are a perfect 8-0 and 3-0 in conference after an 87-68 triumph over Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday.

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. Jon VanderWal is in his 11th season as Marietta's head men's basketball coach. The Pioneers have won over 190 games during his tenure.

The Players: Three Wilmington individuals - Kevin Lewis, DaeShawn Jackson and Will Patrick - all score in double figures with Lewis leading the team at 17.7 points per game. Lewis also leads the squad in rebounding at 6.1 boards per contest while Abdul Kanu, Jeffery Mansfield and Andrew Russell all grab over four rebounds per game. Payton Smith dishes out a team high three assists per contest. Four Pioneers – Kyle Dixon, Anthony Wallace, Tim Kreeger and Jason Ellis – score in double figures. Dixon leads the bunch at 12.3 points per game along with grabbing over five rebounds per contest. Kreeger and Kyle Matoszkia also aid the Pioneers on the boards to the tune of over five rebounds per game.

Tale of the Tape: Points per game - Wilmington 80.0, Marietta 91.8; opponents points per game - Wilmington 75.1, Marietta 70.0; field goal percentage - Wilmington 42.2, Marietta  47.0; three point percentage - Wilmington 38.6, Marietta 34.0; free throw percentage - Wilmington 68.8, Marietta 78.8; rebounds per game - Wilmington 36.97, Marietta 42.2; assist-to-turnover ratio - Wilmington 0.95, Marietta 1.40.

Top 25: Marietta checks in at No. 10 in the most recent Top 25 Poll.

Recent History: Wilmington is 13-28 against Marietta since joining the OAC prior to the 2000-01 season. The Pioneers have won the last 10 meetings. 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 the game will be available - visit the links above.

Up Next: Wilmington travels to Capital University for the final OAC game of the 2018 calendar year at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.