Local college roundup: Wolverine men defeat AEC first-place Marywood 69-63

Wesley’s Derick Charles drives in for a layup with Jeremy Ringland of Marywood trying to block during Saturday’s 69-63 Wolverines AEC victory at Wentworth Gymnasium. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

The Wesley College men’s basketball team knocked off the first-place team in the Atlantic East Conference, prevailing 69-63 over Marywood on Saturday.

Junior guard Brian Cameron netted a career-high 39 points, 22 of which came in the first half, in the win to pace the Wesley offense. Cameron went 13-of-22 from the field, including knocking down a pair of threes and hit 11-of-13 from the free-throw line. He also pulled down six rebounds, stole the ball three times and handed out two assists.

Brian Cameron of Wesley goes up for a layup but was called for a charge against Marywood defender Zach Tinkham.

Senior guards Evan Anderson and Tyrone Craven joined Cameron in scoring double figures. Anderson notched 12 points and four rebounds while Craven scored 10 points with five rebounds, three steals, and two assists.

Junior forwards Derick Charles and Terrence Braxton commanded the boards for the Wolverines. Charles pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and added four points. Braxton tallied nine rebounds and seven assists.

Off the bench, sophomore guard Brandon Lewis recorded six rebounds and four points. Junior forward Tolu Babalola reeled in three rebounds.

Wesley’s Evan Anderson brings the ball upcourt with Marywood’s Zach Tinkham trying to catch up.

A Lewis layup with 3:01 left in regulation gave Wesley a 60-59 lead. Wesley would end the game on an 11-4 run to seal the victory.

The lead change hands 11 times and the scored tied five times. Although Marywood held the narrow edge in shooting, 40.3 percent to Wesley’s 35.9 percent from the field, Wesley won the rebounding battle 48-36. Wesley outrebounded Marywood 17-9 offensively.

Wesley also was able to consistently get to the free-throw line and hit its free throws. Wesley went 17-for-23 (73.9 percent) from the line while Marywood was 7-of-12.

William & Mary 84, Delaware 63: William & Mary scored 16 of the first 19 points of the second half to pull away in the CAA contest.

Freshman guard Ithiel Horton paced the Blue Hens (14-10, 6-5 CAA) with 14 points, while Ryan Johnson chipped in a season-high 12 and Matt Veretto added 10 off the bench. Delaware shot just 33.9 percent from the field including 4 of 25 from three-point range, but did convert 21 of 24 free throw attempts. The Blue Hens played without senior forward Eric Carter, who missed the game with lower back soreness.

Nathan Knight and Chase Audige led William & Mary (9-14, 5-6 CAA) with 17 points apiece, while Justin Pierce and Matt Milon each added 13 of their own. The Tribe shot 50.9 percent for the game, including 10 of 20 from behind the arc, and held a 47-25 rebounding advantage.

Delaware got off to a solid start, as a three-pointer by Veretto give the Blue Hens a 17-9 edge six minutes into the contest. However the Tribe quickly answered with a 10-2 spurt to pull even three minutes later, and led by as many as eight in the first half before settling for a 37-32 margin at the break.

Kevin Anderson scored early in the second half to bring the Blue Hens within 40-34, but the Tribe countered with a 10-point run to go up 50-34 at the 14:34 mark. William & Mary led by as many as 28 in the second half, while the Blue Hens did not get closer than 19 during the final 10 minutes.

Women’s basketball

Delaware State 66, Savannah 58: NaJai Pollard recorded a double-double as the Hornets captured a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory.

Pollard paced the Hornets with 16 points. She also added a game-high 15 rebounds.

Lanayjha Ashe followed with 15 points for Delaware State.

The Hornets built their lead behind an 18-4 run in the second quarter. They held Savannah State to just a 29 percent shooting mark from the floor.

Marywood 65, Wesley 54: The Wolverines suffered a home loss Saturday.

Monshe Newsome-Murray led Wesley with a team-high 18 points. She shot 8-of-20 from the field. Along with a game-high seven assists, Newsome-Murray added five rebounds and two steals.

Angelique Gathers ended the game with 17 points, six boards, a game-high two blocks in the loss. Shelby Johnson tallied 12 points with a team-high nine rebounds. Syndney Pedersen chipped in with five points of her own.

Delaware 70, William & Mary 59: The Blue Hens won the game played on Friday night and also celebrated head coach Natasha Adair’s 100th career victory.

Delaware (9-11, 4-4 CAA) led wire-to-wire, but didn’t fully pull away from the Tribe until the final minutes of action.

Junior Abby Gonzales guided the Hens with 16 points while sophomore Lizzie Oleary notched a season-best with 10 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds.

Freshman Jasmine Dickey added nine points and 10 rebounds while classmate Paris McBride and junior Samone DeFreese each dished out five assists.

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