The Wildcats of Wilmington University held off the visiting Pioneers of Glenville State College, 79-75 in non-conference men’s basketball action on Monday evening on the campus of Delaware Technical Community College.
Wilmington held a lead for much of the first half, going up by as much as nine midway through the period. A late run by the Pioneers tied the game at 33 with 4:25 remaining and the two teams traded baskets for the rest of the half. Glenville State entered the break holding a slim 40-38 advantage.
The second half saw much of the same see-saw action, with neither team going ahead by more than seven points. With the game tied at 72, Antonio Sherrod hit a jumper to put the ‘Cats ahead. Senior Taurean Temple nailed a big turnaround jumper with just 49 seconds left that gave Wilmington a three-point lead (76-73). The Wildcats secured the game by making a few key free throws down the stretch, and held off the Pioneers for the four-point victory.
Wilmington was led by junior forward Antonio Sherrod, who netted a game-high 25 points (on 10-of-15 shooting) and pulled down 11 rebounds. Senior forward Taurean Temple added 16 points and 7 rebounds, while classmate Maurice Furrowh notched 13 points. Junior guard Mike Shipman chipped in with 12 points, six assists, and four steals, while sophomore center Allen Hairston notched 10 rebounds, five points, five assists, and three blocks for the Wildcats.
Glenville State was paced by Mykail Vibbert’s 14 points and six rebounds. Tryvan Leech added 12 points, while Anthony Kimble chipped with 13 points and seven boards. Chase Groves rounded out the Pioneers in double figures with 11 points.
The Wildcats held the edge on the glass, out-rebounding the Pioneers by a 46-35 margin. Both teams shot well from the floor, with Wilmington shooting at a 44.4 percent clip, and Glenville connecting on 43.8 percent of their shots. Neither team shot well from the free throw line, as the ‘Cats went just 20-of-32 and the Pioneers converted only 11-of-18 opportunities.
The Pioneers will be off for the next three weeks, and returning to action at home January 10th, against Alderson-Broaddus. Tip Off is 7:30 p.m.