BEREA, Ohio — Baldwin Wallace University finished the game on an 18-8 run to claim an 83-82 victory over the Wilmington College men’s basketball team in Ohio Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon.
Both teams shot the same from the field and three-pointers as the Quakers scored another field goal (32-31) while the Yellow Jackets had an 8-7 three-point advantage. Wilmington won the rebound battle 47-30 and held a 24-2 advantage in second-chance points.
BW relied heavily on their starters as Jake Snyder and Ashton Price each had 21 points.
Obed Acirem had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Wilmington while Lucas Doty added 12 points in 15 minutes off the bench. Noah Dado had eight points and nine rebounds.
Wilmington (3-3, 0-1 OAC) hosts Ohio Northern University Wednesday night at Fred Raizk Arena.
The Yellow Jackets opened up an 11-point advantage midway through the first half as OAC leading scorer Anthony Mazzeo buried a three-pointer at 10:46, 26-15. The Quakers pared the remainder of the half. WC, who trailed by nine with just over five minutes left in the half trailed by one at the break as a lay-up from Abdul Kanu beat the buzzer.
Baldwin Wallace scored the first basket of the second half to move up 45-42, but neither team broke away from the other for the first six minutes of the half. A triple from Jake Snyder tied the game 57-57 with 13:16 to go, but Doty answered with a jumper on the next possession. Wilmington then put down defensively, allowing just one field goal over the next four minutes. Dado’s basket at 9:27 gave the visitors a 67-59 lead. Four minutes later, another field goal from Doty gave the Quakers a 74-65 advantage with less than six to play.
Then came the aforementioned race of hosts. After WC lost the lead at 79-78, Doty made two free throws to make it 80-80-79. Wilmington missed a layup and a late three-pointer as the Yellow Jackets held on for the win.