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Men's Basketball Defeated at Marietta

Photo by Marietta's Rebecca Wheeler
Photo by Marietta's Rebecca Wheeler

MARIETTA, Ohio – Marietta College held the Wilmington College men's basketball team to 29.0 shooting and 23 first-half points in a 91-69 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) victory at Ban Johnson Arena on Saturday evening.

The first 10 minutes of the first half saw the Pioneers take a 18-12 lead with 11:08 to play. The Fightin' Quakers pulled back within a possession (23-20) thanks to two triples from Matt Smith with the second one coming at the 9:02 mark. A Bilal Sow layup two minutes later would prove to be the last field goal of the half for Wilmington. The Pioneers took advantage with a 13-1 run to end the half with a 40-23 lead.

Wilmington scored baskets on its first two possessions of the second half, thanks to baskets from Andrew Clark and Jackson Todd, but consecutive triples from the Pioneers' Brett Martin and Jason Ellis stretched the advantage to 50-30 and effectively gave Marietta the win.

Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field and over 35 percent from three-point range, but Marietta made 10 more field goals, two more triples and held a 50-35 rebounding advantage.

Smith led Wilmington in scoring with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from distance while Jeffery Mansfield and Bilal Sow also scored in double figures.

Four Pioneers – Ellis, Martin, Mason Lydic and Sahmi Willoughby – scored in double figures with Willoughby turning in a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds).

Wilmington (2-6) faces Otterbein University for a pair of games next weekend.