(2/17) Wilkes 62 Drew 50
The Wilkes University men’s basketball team ended their season on Saturday afternoon by disposing of Freedom Conference foe Drew University, 62-50, in the Marts Center.
The Colonels conclude their campaign with a 12-11 record overall and a 4-10 mark in conference play. It also marks the 15th consecutive season under head coach Jerry Rickrode that Wilkes has finished above the .500 mark. Drew saw their season come to a close with an overall record of 9-15 and a conference log of 4-10.
Wilkes led throughout most of the first half, although Drew did take a 17-16 lead on a three-pointer by Bill Marano with 5:10 left before halftime. The Colonels responded with a 13-3 spurt to end the half and head into the locker room with the advantage.
John DeFeo knocked down a 16-foot jumper to start the run and give Wilkes an 18-17 edge. Tom Kresge followed with a three-pointer that extended the lead to 21-17. After a three-point play by Nelson Albino pulled Drew within 21-20 with 3:05 on the clock, Kresge hit another long-range shot and Chris Gulla canned two free throws to up the lead to 26-20. Matt Gould would cap the first half scoring with a three-pointer with 32 ticks left that gave Wilkes a 29-20 lead at the half.
Wilkes would maintain the lead throughout the final 20 minutes, although the Rangers did not go away quietly and pulled to within 30-28 on a three-pointer by Chris Lopez with 17:01 left.
The Colonels would eventually stretch the lead back to nine points, 39-30, on a Gould three-pointer with 11:53 left. But, Drew continued to battle and scored six consecutive points later in the half to get within a point.
Trailing 49-42 with 6:30 left Ryan Eisner hit a three-pointer and Bob Carella converted a traditional three-play to get the Rangers to within 49-48 with 4:46 left. But, that is as close as they would get thanks to some nifty play inside by Steve Kline. Kline cashed in a three-point play of his own to give Wilkes a 52-48 lead. He followed that with another field goal following an offensive rebound to make it 54-48. Kline then hit one-of-two charity tosses with 3:22 left to extend the lead to 55-48.
After Gould hit one-of-two free throws with 3:07 left to make it 56-48, Dave Pepperman scored inside for Drew to cut the lead to six, 56-50, at the 2:22 mark. However, Wilkes scored the final six points of the game to pull away for the victory.
Gould led the Wilkes attack with 16 points and three assists. Kresge added 15 tallies, while Kline finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Dan Adams had eight rebounds for the Colonels, who held a 33-28 advantage on the glass over the Rangers.
Eisner and David Cramer popped in 10 points each for Drew. Lopez chipped in with seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
(2/13) Wilkes 66 King's 58
King’s College had an opportunity to clinch the number-one seed for the upcoming Freedom Conference playoffs with a win over rival Wilkes University on Tuesday night.
However, Wilkes freshman Tom Kresge and the rest of his teammates had a different idea. Kresge scored a career-high 26 points and the Colonels rallied from a nine-point deficit in the first half to stun the Monarchs, 66-58, in the Marts Center.
The victory improved Wilkes to 11-11 overall and 3-10 in the conference. It also kept the teams hopes alive for posting the squad’s 15th consecutive winning season under head coach Jerry Rickrode. Wilkes will try and accomplish that fete when they host Drew University in their season finale on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
King’s, meanwhile, slipped to 16-8 overall and 10-3 in the conference after suffering just their second loss in their last 12 games. The Monarchs hold a half-game lead over Scranton (9-3 in conference play) and can still clinch the number-one seed with a win at home over FDU-Florham on Saturday afternoon.
The Monarchs never trailed in the opening half, although Wilkes would not allow their visitors to gain any substantial breathing room. King’s, which went 7-of-13 from three-point land in the opening 20 minutes, built their biggest lead of the half, 25-16, on a three-pointer by Vince Sobocinski with 5:20 left before intermission.
Wilkes would not let the Monarchs run away and hide as Kresge and Dan Adams both converted field goal attempts to cut the deficit to 25-20 with 4:11 showing on the clock. King’s would extend the lead to eight on a Ryan Nenstiel three-pointer, but the Colonels made it 28-22 on a Matt Gould drive with 1:33 left.
John Soboleski followed for the Monarchs with a basket inside just 31 ticks before intermission to put King’s ahead 30-22. But, Jeremy Kable gave the Colonels some momentum when he sank a three-pointer with two seconds left in the period to pull Wilkes within 30-25 at halftime.
Sobocinski scored the opening field goal of the second stanza to give King’s a 32-25 lead. Once again, Wilkes would answer when Gould canned a jumper and Kresge scored on consecutive possessions to get their team within 32-31 with 17:37 left.
Wilkes would take their first lead of the game, 35-34, on a Kresge jumper at the 13:56 mark. Neither team was able to gain any separation as the two rivals traded the lead nine times and forged eight ties in the second half.
Vince Scalzo would sink one of two free throws with 3:48 remaining to put King’s on top for the final time, 53-52. Kresge followed for Wilkes by knocking down a three-pointer to give his team a 55-53 edge with 3:25 left. The Monarchs tied the game again on a Jamie Cousart field goal with 2:43 remaining that made it 55-55.
On the next Wilkes possession Steve Kline was able to put back his own miss to give the Colonels a 57-55 lead with 2:14 left. King’s would once again respond with a pair of Cousart free throws that knotted the count at 57-57 with 1:56 to play.
After a turnover on the Monarchs gave Wilkes the ball back with 1:24 to play, Kable put the Colonels ahead for good with a three-pointer from the right wing at the 1:07 mark that made it 60-57.
Soboleski was fouled on the next trip down the floor for King’s, but was able to hit just the second of his two free throws to make it 60-58 with 53 ticks left. Wilkes worked the ball patiently on their next possession and Kline was able to wiggle free for a lay-up with 28 seconds left to give his tam a 62-58 edge.
Kofi Dwebeng was unable to hit his jumper for King’s and Kresge was fouled after snagging the rebound with 20 seconds left. He would step to the line and hit both charity tosses to push the lead to 64-58. After another Monarch miss with just 12 seconds remaining, Anthony Gabriel was fouled and also converted both free throws to close out the scoring and give Wilkes the 66-58 victory.
Kresge hit 9-of-12 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and all five of his free throws on his way to his 26-point effort. Adams contributed nine points and nine rebounds for the Colonels, who avenged a 76-55 loss to King’s on January 10.
Ryan Nenstiel was the top gun for King’s with 11 points, eight of which came in the first half. The Monarchs got eight points apiece from Sobocinski, Cousart, Scalzo and Soboleski.
(2/10) FDU-Florham 89 Wilkes 78
FDU-Florham shot an impressive 61.5 percent from the field in the first half to open up a 22-point lead on their way to an 89-78 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over visiting Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Devils to 16-7 overall and 8-4 in the conference. The Colonels see their records fall to 10-11 overall and 2-10 in conference play.
FDU-Florham converted 16-of-26 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 5-of-8 attempts from three-point range. Defensively, the Devils limited Wilkes to just 29.2 percent shooting (7-of-24) in the first half.
The Devils held an 8-7 lead in the opening five minutes of the half before embarking on a 14-2 run that opened up a double-figure lead they would never relinquish. Pierre Schmitt scored the first seven points of the run, hitting three field goals and a free throw to extend the FDU-Florham lead to 15-7.
Anthony Gabriel put a temporary halt to the spurt with a pair of charity tosses at the 11:33 mark that cut the deficit to 15-9. But, Ryan McPherson sandwiched a jumper and three-pointer around a field goal by Brian Rimol to help the Devils up their advantage to 22-9 with 8:23 remaining in the stanza.
A 10-0 run later in the half provided FDU-Florham with additional breathing room. Holding a 32-19 lead with four minutes to go in the half, McPherson cashed in a pair of free throws and Rimol hit one-of-two from the stripe to make it a 35-19 game. After Schmitt scored on a lay-up, Frank Emslie knocked down a three-pointer to give the Devils a 40-19 lead. A pair of Schmitt free throws with 2:23 left before intermission upped the lead to 42-19. FDU-Florham would eventually settle for a 46-24 lead at halftime.
The Devils would open the second half with a 10-5 spurt to take their biggest lead of the game, 56-29, on a Rimol basket inside with 16:02 left. The Colonels responded by out-scoring FDU-Florham 23-9 over the next 7:15 to cut the lead to 65-52 with 8:47 left. Kline keyed the run by scoring 13 points during the stretch. Gabriel chipped in with six points for Wilkes, while Tom Kresge added four tallies.
A modest 8-2 run by the Devils would quell any hopes of a Wilkes comeback. Emslie hit one free throw and both McPherson and Milton LaCroix converted field goal attempts to extend the lead to 70-52. John DeFeo pulled Wilkes with 70-54 with a basket inside, but LaCroix hit three-of-four from the charity stripe on the Devils next two possessions to make it a 73-54 game with 6:17 left. The Colonels would not seriously threaten again.
FDU-Florham ended the afternoon shooting 53.7 percent from the field after converting 29-of-54 field goal attempts. Wilkes shot an impressive 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from the field in the second half, to improve their field goal percentage for the game to 46.6 percent.
Schmitt led four FDU-Florham players in double-figures with 26 tallies. Emslie, who handed out nine assists, and Rimol finished with 17 points apiece. McPherson also reached twin digits with 14 tallies.
Kline cashed in a career-high 24 points, and also chipped in with eight rebounds and four assists, to lead Wilkes. Gabriel added 16 points and five rebounds. Jeremy Kable knocked down 5-of-11 from three-point land to end the day with 15 points. Dan Adams contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.
(2/7) Scranton 81 Wilkes 65
The University of Scranton used some outstanding shooting to notch an 81-65 Freedom Conference men’s basketball victory over Wilkes University on Wednesday night in the Marts Center. With the win the Royals improved to 17-5 overall and 8-3 in the conference, while Wilkes sees their records slide to 10-10 overall and 2-9 in conference play.
Scranton converted 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the field in the game, while also cashing in 20-of-21 free throw attempts. Wilkes managed to hit 38.8 percent (19-of-49) from the field, while connecting on 21-of-33 charity tosses.
The Colonels and Royals would play on fairly even terms throughout the opening 12 minutes of the first half. The lead exchanged hands five times during that span with neither team able to gain a decided advantage.
With Wilkes holding a 19-18 lead following a pair of free throws by Jeremy Kable with 8:31 left in the stanza, Scranton embarked on a 17-2 spurt to take their biggest lead of the half. Ryan FitzPatrick would provide the Royals with the spark they needed by hitting three straight three-pointers to give his team a 27-19 lead at the 5:53 mark.
Wilkes got a pair of free throws from Steve Kline, and the Royals got two charity tosses apiece from Randy Arnold and Tom Bicknell as the lead moved to 31-21 with 4:10 left. Paul Hawk would scored off an assist from Dan O’Connell, and O’Connell would hit two free throws to end the Scranton run and make it a 35-21 game with 3:39 left before intermission. The Royals would eventually head into halftime with a 40-29 lead.
The Colonels would cut the Scranton lead to just seven, 45-38, on a three-pointer by Matt Gould with 17 minutes to play in the game. But, Scranton responded with a 7-0 run to take a double-figure lead they would not relinquish.
Paul Biagioli’s jumper in the lane began the run for the Royals. Biagioli would follow with a lay-up to give Scranton a 49-38 advantage before O’Connell drilled a three-pointer to put the Royals on top, 52-38, with 15:08 left in the game.
After Scranton stretched the lead to a game-high 16 points, 59-43, on a FitzPatrick field goal with 9:35 left, Guy Fasciana hit a three-pointer to pull the Colonels with 59-46. Bicknell would answer for Scranton with a bucket inside that made it 61-46, but a traditional three-point play by Tom Kresge and a pair of free throws by Chris Gulla cut the Royals lead to 61-51 with 6:54 remaining. But, Wilkes was unable to get over the hump and move any closer.
FitzPatrick hit 6-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, and also knocked down all six of his free throws in scoring a game-high 22 points for Scranton. Bicknell added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Royals, while Biagioli also chipped in with 14 points. Arnold was also in double-figures with 12 points and four assists.
Kresge and Kline were the top point producers for Wilkes with 17 tallies apiece. Both players were instrumental in helping the Colonels out-rebound Scranton by a 33-25 margin. Kresge had nine rebounds to his credit, while Kline finished with eight boards.
(2/3) Wilkes 62 Delaware Valley 53
Junior Jeremy Kable scored a career-high 24 points and freshman Tom Kresge added 17 counters to lead Wilkes University to a 62-53 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over Delaware Valley College on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center.
The victory not only improved the Colonels to 10-9 overall and 2-8 in the conference, it also snapped the team’s seven-game losing skid. Delaware Valley saw their records fall to 4-17 overall and 2-8 in conference play.
The opening eight minutes of the first half were played on virtually even terms. The teams would trade the lead back and forth three times before the Aggies assumed a 12-11 lead on an Isaiah Pinckney basket with 11:24 left in the stanza. However, that would be the last time the Colonels trailed the rest of the way as Kable hit consecutive three-pointers to lift his team to a 17-12 lead with 10:48 showing on the clock.
Delaware Valley would fight back to tie the game at 20-20 on a jumper by Zack Van Dyke with 3:03 left in the stanza. After Kable and Van Dyke traded three-pointers to make it 23-23, Kable scored off a Chris Gulla assist to give Wilkes a 25-23 lead at intermission.
The Colonels would continue to hold a slim lead throughout the first seven minutes of the second period before embarking on a 10-1 spurt. Clinging to a 31-30 lead Kresge would begin the charge with a three-pointer that made it 34-30. Ryan Thomas would answer for Delaware Valley by hitting one-of-two free throws to cut the gap to 34-31. After Steve Kline hit two free throws for Wilkes to make it a 36-31 game, Kable knocked down a three-pointer and Kresge canned a 15-foot jumper to provide the Colonels with a 41-31 lead with 10:25 left.
Bill Gelsomini hit a trifecta for Delaware Valley to pull his team within 41-34. After Wilkes’ John DeFeo scored inside, Pinckney converted a drive to make it 43-36 with 7:42 showing on the clock.
Kable would connect for his fifth three-pointer of the game with 6:39 left to push the lead back to double-figures 46-36. Thanks to some solid free throw shooting by Wilkes, the Aggies were unable to get any closer than seven points the rest of the way, and that did not come until the final minute of play.
The Colonels cashed in on 16-of-22 charity tosses in the final 5:47 with Matt Gould leading the way. Gould scored all eight of his points during the stretch by connecting on 8-of-10 charity tosses.
Kable, who hit 5-of-12 from three-point land, scored is 24 points in 23 minutes of action. Kresge hit 6-of-10 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Gulla dished out a team-leading five assists, while Kline snagged a team-best nine rebounds.
Pinckney and Van Dyke tied for team-high honors in scoring for Delaware Valley with 14 tallies apiece. Pinckney also handed out four assists, while Van Dyke had six rebounds and three steals.
(1/31) Lycoming 78 Wilkes 52
Lycoming College opened the game with an 11-0 run and never trailed on their way to a 78-52 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Wednesday night. The win lifts the Warriors to 11-9 overall and 4-5 in the conference, while the Colonels see their records fall to 9-9 overall and 1-8 in conference play.
Kevin Morris drilled a three-pointer only 13 seconds into the game to give Lycoming a 3-0 lead. Matt McGair, Greg Sye and Anthony Watson would add a field goal apiece to stake the Warriors to a 9-0 lead. David Wilson followed with a jumper at the 17:08 mark that gave Lycoming an 11-0 lead with 17:08 left in the opening half.
Led by six points from Anthony Gabriel, the Colonels, who were playing without the services of leading scorer Tom Kresge, were able to get the lead back to single digits, 15-8, with 13:39 showing on the clock.
Lycoming would push the lead back to double-figures and held a 26-15 lead with under five minutes remaining in the half. The Warriors then closed the half on a 14-3 spurt to assume command. Sye cashed in five points during the run, while both Wilson and Jemayne Nowlin had four tallies, to help Lycoming head into the halftime locker room with a 40-18 lead.
Wilkes was not able to make a serious dent in the Lycoming lead during the final 20 minutes. The closest they would get was 17 points when Dan Adams converted a lay-up to make it 43-26 with 16:59 remaining in the game.
Lycoming shot an impressive 48.3 percent from the field, while Wilkes was limited to 40.4 percent shooting for the game. The Warriors also gained a 44-28 rebounding edge.
Sye had 17 points and six rebounds to lead four Lycoming players in double digits. Rickey Varnell contributed 12 points and seven caroms. Morris chipped in with 11 points and three assists, while Wilson finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Gabriel tossed in 17 points and had a team-high six rebounds to pace Wilkes. Steve Kline added 12 points.
(1/27) DeSales 75 Wilkes 51
DeSales University used a big second half effort to post a 75-51 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon at Billera Hall. The Bulldogs improve to 14-4 overall and up their conference mark to 6-2, while the Colonels fall to 9-8 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
DeSales got out of the gate quickly by using a 15-2 run to assume a 20-6 lead with 11:28 to go in the opening half on a basket by Matt Zwetolitz.
Wilkes would fight back, out-scoring the Bulldogs 20-6 over the next six minutes. Two free throws by Matt Gould and a three-pointer by Anthony Gabriel cut the lead to 20-11. The lead was still nine, 24-15, when Dan Adams cashed in a field goal inside and Jeremy Kable connected on a three-pointer to pull the Colonels within 24-20. Gabriel would then hit one free throw with 6:47 left in the half to make it a 24-21 game.
Jamie McCloskey scored on a drive to extend the DeSales lead to 26-21. But, Steve Kline knocked down a three-pointer and Gabriel converted a turnover into a lay-up to tie the game at 26-26 with 5:10 left in the half.
DeSales would score the final six points of the first half to assume a 33-27 lead at intermission. Sedale Walton hit the second of two free throws to give the Bulldogs a 28-27 advantage. Phil Stricker followed with a field goal inside to up the lead to 30-27. Steve Kriczky capped the run with a three-pointer just five seconds before intermission that made it 33-27.
With momentum on their side, DeSales came out of the halftime locker room and put together a 13-2 spurt to open up a double-figure lead they would never relinquish. Eddie Ohlsen scored on a drive for the Bulldogs and Kriczky added a lay-up to extend the gap to 37-27. A lay-up by Gould temporarily halted the spurt and cut the lead to 37-29. Kriczky would follow with a three-pointer and Stricker knocked down two free throws and a pair of charity tosses to push the lead to 44-29. Ohlsen capped the decisive run with jumper that gave DeSales a 46-29 lead with 14:43 left in the game.
Gabriel popped in a three-pointer for Wilkes to make it 46-32 with 13:10 to play before the Bulldogs rattled off 16 of the next 18 points to widen the lead. Zwetolitz hit two three-pointers during the out-burst, while both Ohlsen and Darnell Braswell connected for one long-range bomb each. Sedale Walton’s two free throws with 9:56 left capped the run and gave DeSales a 62-34 lead.
DeSales shot an impressive 50.9 percent from the field, hitting 28-of-55 field goal attempts. The Bulldogs were also successful on 10-of-23 shots from behind the three-point line. Wilkes shot just 32.7 percent from the field after cashing in 16-of-49 field goal tries, including just 7-of-25 from three-point land.
Ohlsen tossed in 16 points and handed out nine assists to take game-high honors in both statistical categories. Stricker chipped in with 13 points, while Zwetolitz added 10 tallies.
Gabriel was the lone Wilkes player to reach double-figures, finishing the afternoon with 11 points and three assists. Kable added nine points and three assists, while Gould had eight points.
(1/24) FDU-Florham 70 Wilkes 63
FDU-Florham used an 11-2 run to break open a tie game and posted a 70-63 win over Wilkes University in a Freedom Conference men’s basketball game on Wednesday night in the Marts Center. The Devils upped their overall record to 13-5 and improved to 5-2 in conference play. The Colonels dropped to 9-7 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
Wilkes, who trailed 39-30 with 14:02 left, put together a 12-3 spurt to knot the game. Steve Kline hit a free throw and Anthony Gabriel converted a three-point play to cut the lead to 39-34 at the 13:15 mark. A three-pointer by the Devil’s Brian Dillon quickly pushed the lead back to 42-34. But, the Colonels would score the next eight points.
Tom Kresge cashed in back-to-back field goal attempts to pull Wilkes within 42-38. Gabriel then scored off an assist from Kresge with 9:00 left to make it a 42-40 game. With 8:03 left, Matt Gould was fouled going to the basket and hit both charity tosses to even the count at 42-42.
FDU-Florham jumped back on top 45-42 on a three-pointer by Dillon with 7:47 showing on the clock that started their decisive 11-2 spurt. A field goal by Gould at the 6:34 mark made it a one-point game, 45-44.
Pierre Schmitt scored on a fast break lay-up and Dillon came up with a steal and basket to extend the FDU-Florham lead to 49-44 with 5:50 left. On the Devils next possession Frank Emslie dropped in a three-pointer that pushed the lead to 52-44. A free throw by Schmitt with 4:26 remaining made it 53-44.
Kresge would knock down a trifecta on the Colonels next trip down the floor to pull his team within 53-47 with 4:07 remaining. But, Emslie scored on a drive and Dillon hit two free throws to give FDU-Florham a 57-47 advantage with 2:53 left and seal the win.
FDU-Florham used a 9-1 first half run to move out to a 10-point advantage. Holding a 10-8 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the stanza, Emslie began the run with a three-pointer. Brian Rimol would follow with consecutive field goals that gave the visitors a 17-8 lead. Gabriel would hit one-of-two free throws to pull Wilkes within 17-9, but Brandon Matano converted a Colonels turnover into a basket to make it 19-9 with 7:48 left before halftime.
Wilkes would not get any closer than eight points during the remainder of the first half, with that coming on a pair of Gould free throws with 1:01 left in the period that made it 29-21. The Devils would eventually head into the halftime locker room with a 32-23 lead.
Emslie had five three-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points to lead four FDU-Florham players in double-figures. Schmitt contributed 13 points. Dillon chipped in with 12 points and five assists, while Ryan McPherson added 10 points and four helpers.
Kresge, who had six rebounds, and Gould, who handed out five assists, had 18 points apiece to lead the Wilkes attack. Gabriel enjoyed a solid performance with 14 points and nine rebounds.
(1/20) Drew 58 Wilkes 49
Drew University raced out to a nine-point halftime lead and made it hold up as they notched a 58-49 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Rangers to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the conference, while the Colonels see their records fall to 9-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
The two teams would battle on virtually even terms throughout much of the first half. The game was tied at 16-16 following a pair of free throws by the Colonels Anthony Gabriel with 7:15 remaining in the stanza. But, Bob Carella converted a lay-up and a three-pointer to stake Drew to a 21-16 lead with 5:52 showing on the clock.
Wilkes would close to within 22-20 on a pair of charity tosses by Tom Kresge just 2:06 before intermission. However, Drew scored the final seven points of the half to take a 29-20 lead at the break. Chris Lopez hit a free throw and both Damon DiLoren and Scott Miller cashed in field goals to give the Rangers a 27-20 lead. Scott Miller would add two free throws to provide the final points of the stanza.
The Colonels would get the first point of the second half on a free throw by Matt Gould to make it 29-21. The Rangers then rattled off six consecutive tallies, capped by a DiLoren field goal, to extend their lead to 35-21 with 16:19 left.
Drew still held a double-figure lead, 44-32, with 8:28 remaining before Wilkes mounted a charge. Jeremy Kable hit a three-pointer and Gould canned a jumper to close the deficit to 44-37. Kable would once again hit from long-range at the 6:48 mark to get the Colonels within 44-40.
The Rangers would take a timeout following the Kable three-pointer and Lopez responded with a three-pointer of his own to up the lead to 47-40. David Cramer would follow with two free throws that gave Drew a 49-40 edge with 5:41 left. Wilkes would claw back to within five, 51-46, on a Kresge field goal with 1:49 left, but could get no closer.
Lopez took game-high scoring honors with 14 tallies to lead Drew. Cramer finished with 13 tallies for the Rangers, who out-scored Wilkes 20-7 from the free throw line to overcome a deficit from the field.
Kresge had 10 points and nine rebounds for Wilkes, which held a 35-29 edge on the boards. Gabriel came off the bench to add 10 points and four rebounds, while Gould finished with seven points and six assists.
(1/17) Scranton 70 Wilkes 47
The University of Scranton raced out to a 17-point halftime lead and never looked back on their way to a 70-47 Freedom Conference men’s basketball victory over Wilkes University on Wednesday night in the John Long Center.
The win was the 12th in the last 13 games for the Royals who improved to 13-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Wilkes dropped their third straight game to slip to 9-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Scranton scored the first seven points of the game to take a lead they would never relinquish. Randy Arnold canned a jumper, Paul Biagioli scored on a drive and Ryan FitzPatrick connected on a three-pointer to give the Royals a 7-0 advantage just 1:48 into the game.
Wilkes would chip away at the lead and pulled to within 16-15 on a three-pointer by Matt Gould with 11:39 left before intermission. However, Scranton would counter with a 21-2 lead to extend the lead to double-figures.
Arnold started the run with a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to give his team a 21-15 lead. James Powell scored on a lay-up and Arnold knocked down another trifecta to push the lead to 26-15. A 12-foot jumper by Arnold made it 28-15 before Gould got Wilkes back on the board with a driving basket to cut the deficit to 28-17 with 7:36 remaining in the period.
The Royals then scored nine straight points to cap the run and give them their biggest lead of the half, 37-17. Dan O’Connell hit a three-pointer and Paul Biagioli converted an offensive rebound into a field goal to extend the Scranton lead to 33-17. Biagioli would add two free throws and Arnold knocked down a 15-footer to give the Royals the 20-point edge with 3:09 left in the half. Scranton would eventually hold a 41-24 lead at intermission.
Scranton used some hot shooting to take their first half lead. The Royals were successful on 13-of-23 (56.5%) field goal tries in the period, while also hitting 4-of-8 (50%) from three-point range. They were equally impressive at the charity stripe, connecting on 11-of-13 (84.6%) of their attempts.
Meanwhile, Wilkes was able to cash in only 10-of-29 (34.5%) shots from the field, and hit just 1-of-7 (14.3) three-point tries. The Colonels shot 42.9 percent from the free throw line, hitting only 3-of-7 attempts.
The Royals would dash any hopes for a Wilkes comeback by opening the second half with a modest 14-5 run. Tom Bicknell did the majority of the damage for Scranton by scoring 10 points during the out-burst, including a field goal inside that gave his team a 55-29 lead with 14:35 remaining. The Colonels would never seriously threaten the remainder of the game.
Bicknell and Arnold scored 20 points apiece to pace the Scranton attack. Bicknell also pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds to help the Royals gain a 41-22 edge on the glass for the game. FitzPatrick was also in twin digits for Scranton with 12 tallies.
Matt Gould was the lone Wilkes player to connect for double-figures, cashing in 10 points and handing out four assists. Adams finished with nine points, while Anthony Gabriel came off the bench to contribute eight tallies.
(1/13) DeSales 68 Wilkes 58
DeSales University closed the game with a 23-9 run in the final 8:22 to pull away for a 68-58 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center.
The win improves DeSales to 11-3 overall and 3-1 in Freedom Conference action. The Colonels dropped their second straight conference game to fall to 9-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Wilkes led the entire second half before the Bulldogs put together their late run. The Colonels held a 49-45 lead pm a basket by Tom Kresge with 8:45 left in the game. But, that is when DeSales began their comeback.
Sedale Walton scored on a drive and Steve Kriczky hit one-of-two from the charity stripe to cut the Wilkes lead to 49-48. Kriczky then tallied a basket inside to give the Bulldogs a 50-49 lead with 6:40 remaining.
Four consecutive free throws by Phil Stricker pushed the lead to 54-49 at the 4:59 mark. Kriczky would converted a lay-up, and then came up with a steal and field goal to extend the lead to 58-49 with 3:18 left.
After Matt Gould hit a free throw for Wilkes at the 2:54 mark to make it a 58-50 game, Ed Lapinski knocked down one charity toss for the Bulldogs and Eddie Ohlson cashed in a field goal to make it 61-50 with 1:04 left and end any hopes for a Colonels comeback.
The first half featured nine lead changes and four ties before Wilkes settled for a three-point lead at intermission. The Colonels held their biggest lead of the stanza, 24-18, following a rebound and basket by Dan Adams with 7:41 left before halftime.
DeSales would answer with a 12-0 run to take their biggest lead of the half, 30-24. Kriczky started the spurt with consecutive three-pointers that tied the game at 24-24. Field goals by Stricker, Ohlson and Lapinski gave the Bulldogs a 30-24 edge with 4:01 remaining in the period.
Wilkes answered right back by scoring the final nine points of the half to head into the locker room with a 33-30 lead. After Steve Kline and Adams knocked down field goals from in close, Jeremy Kable connected on a three-pointer to put the Colonels on top, 31-30. A field goal by Adams with 30 seconds left in the period gave Wilkes their three-point halftime advantage.
Kriczky was 8-for-10 from the field, including a 5-of-7 shooting performance from three-point range, to finish with a game-high 23 points. Stricker contributed 17 tallies, while Ohlsen chipped in with 10 points and four assists.
Adams had 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals to lead three Wilkes players in twin digits. Kable contributed 11 points and Kline finished the day with 10 points and three assists.
(1/10) King's 76 Wilkes 55
The Wilkes University men’s basketball team saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt with a 76-55 loss at King’s College in a Freedom Conference game on Wednesday night at the Scandlon Gymnasium. The loss drops the Colonels to 9-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while King’s improves to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Wilkes struggled through a cold shooting night. The Colonels converted only 29 percent (18-of-62) of their field goal attempts in the game. Wilkes also shot just 54.5 percent from the free throw, hitting 12-of-22 charity tosses. King’s shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the field and cashed in on 18-of-21 free throw attempts.
Neither team was able to generate much offensively in the opening five minutes and the two teams were tied at 2-2. However, King’s would embark on an 11-1 run that gave them the lead for good. Bob Nenstiel and Vince Sobocinski both connected for field goals to start the spurt and give King’s a 6-2 lead with 13:51 left in the half.
Wilkes cut the lead to 6-3 on a free throw by Tom Kresge, but Sobocinski hit a charity toss and Jim Welsh knocked down a three-pointer to up the Monarchs lead to 10-3. Ryan Nenstiel then drilled a three-pointer to push the advantage to 13-3 with 10:31 left in the first half.
King’s would build the lead to 21-7 on a Welsh rebound and basket at the 6:55 mark. Wilkes would then answer with a 10-0 run of their own to pull within four points. John Kelly hit a jumper and Matt Gould converted two free throws to make it a 21-11 game with 6:08 remaining. Gould and Jeremy Kable followed with a three-pointer each to pull the Colonels within 21-17 with exactly five minutes left in the stanza.
The Monarchs would out-score Wilkes 18-12 in the final five minutes to take a 39-29 lead into intermission. The final two points for King’s came on a rebound and bucket by Kofi Dwebeng as time expired in the period.
King’s would again stretch the lead to 14 points, 45-31, on a field goal by Jamie Cousart with 15:10 left to play. Once again, Wilkes would fight back and closed to within 49-41 on a three-pointer by Anthony Gabriel with 12:25 remaining in the game.
The Monarchs would follow with a modest 8-2 spurt to take a double digit lead they would not give up. Bob Nenstiel converted a traditional three-point play to make it 52-41. After two free throws by Gabriel made it 52-43, Vince Scalzo scored five straight points for King’s to give his team a 57-43 lead with 10:05 left. Wilkes would get no closer than 11 points the remainder of the way.
Welsh hit all four of his three-point field goal attempts and led King’s with 16 points. Scalzo contributed 15 points and three assists. John Soboleski had 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Cousart chipped in with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
Gould was the top scorer for Wilkes, finishing the night with a game-high 17 points. He also dished out four assists. Gabriel added 15 tallies, while Kresge had seven points and nine rebounds.
(1/8) Wilkes 83 Baptist Bible 67
Freshman Tom Kresge notched career highs with 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead Wilkes University to an 83-67 victory over Baptist Bible College on Monday night in the Marts Center.
The win was the sixth straight for the Colonels, who improve to 9-2 overall heading into Wednesday night’s Freedom Conference game at King’s College at 8 p.m. Baptist Bible sees their record slip to 4-5 overall.
The Defenders took their biggest lead of the game, 24-21, on a three-pointer by Justin Cook with 8:49 left in the first half. But, Wilkes would respond with a 15-1 run to take the lead for good.
Steve Kline hit two free throws and Kresge scored inside to give the Colonels a 25-24 advantage. Matt Gould and Chris Gulla would follow with consecutive three-pointers to extend the Wilkes lead to 31-24 with 6:11 showing on the clock. After Baptist Bible’s Drew Kidd hit a free throw to cut the lead to 31-25, John DeFeo converted a pair of field goal attempts and Gulla hit one charity toss to push the lead to 36-25 with 2:48 left in the stanza.
The Colonels led 47-33 at intermission and scored six of the first eight points in the second half to extend the gap to 18 points. Kresge scored four points during the spurt, which ended with a pair of Kline free throws at the 17:56 mark that made it 53-35.
Baptist Bible would trim the lead to eight points on two occasions during the second half, including 63-55 on a pair of Ken Clarke free throws with 8:31 left.
Once again Wilkes responded by out-scoring the Defenders 11-2 over the next 3:44 to take command for good. A three-pointer by Gould and a basket inside by Dan Adams upped the Colonels lead to 68-55. Khristian Collins countered for Baptist Bible with a steal and basket that made it 68-57 with 6:03 left. Kresge knocked down a jumper, Gould connected on a pair of free throws, and Jeremy Kable scored off a fast break to give Wilkes a 74-57 lead with 4:47 left and put the game out of reach.
Kresge hit on 10-of-17 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from long-range, on his way to his career-high 24 points. His 11 boards also helped Wilkes claim a 48-33 rebounding advantage.
Gould chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Kable had 10 points, five boards and four assists. Kline was also in double-figures for Wilkes with 10 points and six rebounds.
Josh Workman led four Baptist Bible players in twin digits with15 tallies. Tim O’Keefe finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Nathan Penley had 11 points and seven boards, and Clarke contributed 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
(1/4) Wilkes 100 Marywood 63
The Wilkes University men’s basketball team showed no signs of rust following their holiday lay-off on Thursday night, routing local foe Marywood University, 100-63, in the Marts Center.
The win was the fifth straight for Wilkes and improved their overall record to 8-2 heading into Monday night’s home game against Baptist Bible College at 7 p.m. Marywood saw their overall mark move to 4-4.
After the Colonels’ Steve Kline and Marywood’s Prince Blacknall traded baskets to open the game, Wilkes took the lead for good at 4-2 on another Kline field goal. Holding a slim 8-7 lead with 13:50 remaining in the game, the Colonels would rattle off 17-2 run to take a double-digit lead they would never relinquish.
A three-pointer by Kline and consecutive trifectas by Tom Kresge in a span of just 51 seconds started the run and gave Wilkes a 17-7 lead with 12:59 showing on the clock. Adam Wildasin put a temporary halt to the Colonels outburst with a basket that cut the lead to 17-9. But, Dan Adams and John Kelly each canned a free throw to push the lead back to double-figures for good, 19-9. Chris Gulla and Kline would add field goals before Kresge capped the run with a pair of charity tosses that pushed the Wilkes advantage to 25-9 with 10:39 remaining in the stanza.
Marywood closed to within 12 points on a pair of occasions, including 33-21 on a Blacknall jumper 3:53 before intermission. However, the Colonels would continue to stretch the lead and took a 46-27 advantage into the locker room at halftime following a Kresge offensive rebound and put-back with seven seconds left in the half.
Wilkes would continue their impressive play in the second half, not allowing Marywood to climb any closer than 18 points during the final 20 minutes. The Colonels biggest lead came with 4:06 remaining when Tyler Jenkins knocked down two free throws to give his team a 94-52 lead.
Wilkes shot 46 percent from the field in the game, hitting 29-of-63 field goal attempts. The Colonels were also successful on 35-of-48 free throw tries and held a sizeable 57-33 edge on the boards. They also limited Marywood to just 35.4 percent shooting from the field after the Pacers were able to convert 23-of-65 field goal attempts.
Kresge led five Wilkes players in double-figures with 20 points and nine rebounds. Kline contributed 18 points, five boards and six blocked shots. Jeremy Kable chipped in with 12 tallies, Kelly had 11 points and five rebounds, and Adams cashed in 10 points and nine rebounds.
Blacknall finished with 13 points to lead the Marywood attack. Wildasin was also in twin digits with 10 tallies.
(12/23) Wilkes 75 Misericordia 73
Tom Kresge scored inside with 25 seconds remaining to help Wilkes University hold off local rival College Misericordia, 75-73, at the Ramada Inn/Monarch Classic on Saturday afternoon in the Scandlan Gymnasium.
With the victory Wilkes heads into the Holiday break with an overall record of 7-2, while also finishing 2-0 in the two-day Classic. Misericordia sees their overall record slide to 3-7.
Wilkes, which led 38-36 at halftime, extended their lead to eight points on a basket by Steve Kline with 15:04 left that made it 51-43. However, the Cougars would rattle off eight consecutive tallies and tied the game at 51-51 on a free throw by Marcus Little with 11:19 left.
Matt Gould converted back-to-back jumpers for Wilkes to put his team back on top 55-51 at the 10:43 mark. The Colonels would maintain the lead throughout much of the remainder of the half before Misericordia went back on top 69-67 on a three-pointer by Tony Rezykowski with 2:50 showing on the clock.
Wilkes' Jeremy Kable hit two charity tosses with 2:26 left, and then drilled a three-pointer with 1:42 remaining to hand Wilkes the lead, 72-69. Vinny Baumunk brought Misericordia within a point at 72-71 with two free throws with just 59 seconds remaining.
On the next Wilkes possession Rezykowski stepped in front of a Chris Gulla pass and went in for a lay-up to put the Cougars on top, 73-72, with 46 seconds left. However, that lead was short-lived when Kresge, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, took a feed inside from Kline and converted with 25 ticks left to put the Colonels ahead for good, 74-73.
The Cougars had a chance to tie with eight seconds left, but Little's attempt was off the mark and Gulla, who was also selected to the All-Tournament Team, rebounded and was fouled. Gulla missed the one-and-one free throw, but grabbed his own miss and was fouled once again with two seconds left. This time the freshman hit one-of-two from the stripe to make it 75-73. The Cougars desperation shot as time expired was off the mark.
Misericordia opened the game by out-scoring Wilkes 10-2 to match their biggest lead of the contest. After the Colonels clawed back to take a 13-12 edge on an Anthony Gabriel basket, the Cougars went on a 10-2 spurt to jump back on top 22-15.
Wilkes would continue to try and chip away at the lead until they final regained the advantage on a Kresge basket that made it 29-28 with 4:23 left in the opening period. The lead would bounce back and forth several times during the rest of the first half before Wilkes assumed a 38-36 halftime lead on a Gabriel field goal as time expired in the period.
Kresge had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead five Wilkes players in double-figures. The Colonels also got 14 points from Kable, 11 points apiece from Kline and Gulla, and 10 tallies from Matt Gould.
Baumunk had 19 tallies and eight boards to pace the MIsericordia attack. Matt Hornak finished with 18 points and six boards. Rezykowski added 14 points and five assists for the Cougars, while Ryan Roa cashed in 10 points.
(12/22) Wilkes 72 Ursinus 52
Wilkes University held Ursinus College to 21 points in the second half on their way to a 72-52 win over the Bears in the opening game of the Ramada Inn/Monarch Classic at King’s College on Friday night.
The Colonels, who will play College Misericordia on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., upped their record to 6-2 overall by winning their third straight game. Ursinus saw their record slip to 5-2 overall. The Bears will meet King’s in Saturday’s final game of the Classic at 3:00 p.m.
The two teams would battle on virtually even terms throughout a first half that featured five ties and six lead changes. Wilkes shot 45.5 percent from the field in the opening half, while Ursinus connected on 54.2 percent of their field goal tries, including four-of-six from behind the three-point line. The Colonels biggest advantage came on the boards, where they out-rebounded the Bears by a 21-10 count in the first 20 minutes.
Ursinus, whose biggest lead of the initial stanza was just two points, took their final lead of the half on a lay-up by Nick Shattuck at the 2:49 mark that made it 31-30. Wilkes would respond by scoring the final five points of the period to head into halftime with the lead. Jeremy Kable’s three-pointer with 2:21 remaining provided the Colonels with a 33-31 lead. Steve Kline would add a pair of charity tosses with 56 ticks showing on the clock to end the scoring and give Wilkes a 35-31 lead.
Wilkes would slowly begin to pull away in the final period. Two free throws by Chris Gulla and a Kable three-pointer would give the Colonels a 46-37 lead. After Remy Cousart cut the lead to 46-39 with a driving basket, Gulla connected on a long-range shot to provide Wilkes with their first double-figure lead, 49-39.
Ursinus pulled to within 49-41 at the 12:51 mark on a Matt Fabian basket inside, but that is as close as the Bears would get thanks to a string of eight unanswered points by the Colonels. Kable cashed in another three, Kline knocked down a jumper and Anthony Gabriel hit two charity tosses to extend the lead to 56-41 with 10:07 left.
After a jumper by the Bears’ John Noonan made it 56-43, Wilkes put together a 10-0 spurt to put the game away for good. Gabriel scored inside and Kline hit a three-pointer to provide Wilkes with a 61-43 advantage. Tom Kresge converted a traditional three-point play and Gulla scored on a drive to push the lead to 66-43 with 5:27 left.
Wilkes, which shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the field and 75 percent (6-of-8) from three-point range in the second half, placed five players in double-figures. Kline had 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Kresge also had 13 points. Kable and Gulla chipped in with 12 tallies each, while Gabriel finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Ursinus received a game-high 17 points from Noonan, 13 of which came in the first half. Eric Burnett chipped in with 10 points for the Bears.
(12/19) Wilkes 83 Kean 73
Wilkes University used a balanced attack that featured five players in double-figures on their way to an impressive 83-73 non-conference win over Kean University on Tuesday night in the Marts Center.
The Colonels, who will play in the Ramada Inn/Monarch Classic at King’s College on Friday and Saturday to end their first semester of action, improved to 5-2 overall. Kean suffered just their second loss of the season in falling to 8-2.
Jeremy Kable would knock down three straight three-pointers in the opening 2:14 of the game to give Wilkes a 9-6 lead. However, Bryan Keller answered for the Cougars with his second three-pointer that tied the game at 9-9 just 3:55 into the contest.
Wilkes would never trail in the game and took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Tom Kresge with 15:50 left in the opening stanza that made it 11-9. After Kean pulled to within 13-12, Kresge hit two more free throws, Steve Kline scored inside, Chris Gulla canned two charity tosses and Dan Adams scored off a Gulla assist during an 8-0 run that gave the Colonels a 21-12 lead with 11:15 showing on the clock.
The Cougars would cut the deficit to three points, 30-27, on a basket by Levan Tilly just 4:17 before intermission. But, Kable and Matt Gould connected on three-pointers and Gulla hit two from the charity stripe to extend the lead to 38-27 with 1:52 left. Wilkes would eventually head into the halftime locker room with a 40-33 lead.
A pair of three-pointers by Keller early in the second half helped Kean pull to within 44-39 with 18:44 left. Wilkes responded with a 15-4 run to open up a 16-point advantage. Kline had five points and both Kresge and Dan Adams had four points apiece during the run that upped the Colonels lead to 59-43 with 12:56 left.
The lead was still 13 points, 67-54, with less than eight minutes remaining when Kean began to chip away. A steal and basket by Lamar Wright capped a string of six straight points by the Cougars that made it 67-60 with 6:51 left.
Gould would make it 69-60 with a pair of free throws on the Colonels next possession. Tilly then hit two charity tosses for Kean and William Floyd scored on a fast break to cut the deficit to 69-64 with 5:48 remaining.
Clinging to a 71-66 lead, Gould hit one-of-two from the line and Kresge scored off an assist from Adams to push the Wilkes lead to 74-66 with 2:18 left. After a pair of free throws by Kean’s Bryan Miller at the 1:42 mark made it 74-68, the Colonels’ John Kelly put a dagger in the Cougars when he hit a three-pointer from the corner with the shot clock winding down to make it 77-68 with just 1:05 left. Wilkes would convert six-of-eight free throws down the stretch to seal the deal.
Gould finished with 21 points, including a 14-of-17 performance from the free throw line, to lead Wilkes. Kresge added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kable had 13 tallies, Kline had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Gulla finished with 10 points, three assists and five steals.
Keller went 5-for-9 from behind the three-point line to pace the Kean attack with 19 points. Wright and Steve Koenigstein chipped in with nine points each for the Cougars.
(12/16) Wilkes 88 PSU Harrisburg 53
Wilkes University used a balanced offensive attack to post an 88-53 win over Penn State Harrisburg in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon. The Colonels improved to 4-2 overall with the victory, while the Lions saw their overall mark fall to 1-12.
Jeremy Kable hit four three-pointers in the first half to help Wilkes jump out to a 43-30 lead at intermission. Steve Kline added nine points in the opening period, while Anthony Gabriel had nine tallies.
The Colonels would continue to dominate in the second half, out-scoring Penn State Harrisburg 45-23 over the course of the final 20 minutes. Tom Kresge keyed the Wilkes attack with 13 points in the second stanza.
Kable and Kresge tied for top honors for the Colonels with 19 points apiece. Gabriel cashed in a career-high 17 points. Kline finished with 16 tallies, while Dan Adams contributed 10 points.
Abe Hitz was the game’s top scorer with 21 points for Penn State Harrisburg. The Lions also received 17 points from Nealy Rawlings.
(12/8) Clarkson 75 Wilkes 65
Clarkson University went on a 13-0 run with less than two minutes remaining to pull away for a 75-65 non-conference men’s basketball victory over Wilkes University on Friday night in the Marts Center. The Golden Knights improved to 6-2 with the win, while the Colonels saw their record fall to 3-2.
Wilkes held a 61-58 lead following a basket inside by Tom Kresge with 2:13 left. Clarkson then began their game-changing run when Ryan Smith scored inside to cut the deficit to 61-60. On the Golden Knights next possession Elson Pickering was fouled and hit two free throws to give his team a 62-61 lead with 1:21 remaining.
After the Colonels missed a chance to regain the lead on their ensuing possession, Brandon Linton scored on a drive to up the Clarkson lead to 64-61. The Colonels would turn the ball over on their next trip down the court and Clarkson’s EJ Harrison was intentionally fouled. Harrison hit one of two charity tosses and the Golden Knights maintained possession. Pickering was fouled on the inbounds pass and sank both free throws to extend the gap to 67-61 with 49 seconds remaining.
Wilkes turned the ball over the next time they had the ball and Pickering was intentionally fouled with 41 seconds left. He hit one free throw and then converted a traditional three-point play for the Golden Knights with 37 ticks left to make it 71-61 with 37 seconds showing on the clock. The Colonels finally broke their drought when Kresge scored down low to pull his team within 71-63 with 28 seconds left, but that is as close as they would get.
The game went back and forth throughout a first half that featured four ties and five lead changes. Clarkson took the biggest lead of the half at 27-19 on a Harrison basket with 4:04 left in the period. Wilkes would battle back to tie the game on a John Kelly three-pointer with 1:22 showing on the clock and the two teams would head to the locker room deadlocked at 31-31.
The second half was equally as close until the final run by the Golden Knights. There were four ties and 13 lead changes in the final 20 minutes and neither team was able to gain separation. Clarkson’s biggest lead in the second period prior to the final minute was six points, while the Colonels largest lead was three points.
(12/5) Wilkes 87 Susquehanna 86
Wilkes University held off a late rally by Susquehanna University to post an 87-86 victory over the Crusaders on Tuesday night. The Colonels upped their overall record to 3-1 with the win, while Susquehanna fell to 4-2 overall.
The two teams would battle on even terms throughout much of the first half. Susquehanna held a 19-17 lead with 6:49 remaining in the period following a Bryan Majors jumper.
Wilkes would put together a 14-2 spurt that gave them a double digit advantage. Tom Kresge hit two free throws and Dan Adams converted an offensive rebound to put the Colonels on top, 21-19. Jeremy Kable canned a three-pointer and Chris Gulla cashed in a three-point play to up the Wilkes lead to 27-19 with 4:36 showing on the clock.
Susquehanna’s Kevin Cuff put a temporary halt to the Wilkes outburst with a drive that cut the lead to 27-21. However, Steve Kline scored inside and Kresge put back an offensive rebound to make it 31-21 with 2:29 to play in the half. A pair of Josh Robinson free throws and a Zac Smith bucket pulled the Crusaders within 31-25. Kline then scored inside to provide the Colonels with a 33-25 lead at intermission.
Wilkes would stretch that halftime margin to a game-high 18 points on a three-pointer by Kable that made it 49-31 with 15:47 left. But, Susquehanna answered with six straight points, including four by Josh Robinson, to cut the gap to 49-37 at the 13:52 mark.
The Colonels maintained their double digit lead until consecutive baskets by Joel Patch made it 62-53 with 8:11 showing on the clock. After John Kelly knocked down a three-pointer to extend the lead to 65-53, Smith hit a three, Cuff scored inside and Smith converted a lay-up to make it 65-60 with 7:01 left.
Wilkes would answer by scoring seven straight points to regain a twin digit lead. Kline cashed in a three-point play, Kresge scored in close and Anthony Gabriel hit two free throws to give the Colonels a 72-60 lead with 5:20 remaining.
The lead was 77-67 following two Kable free throws with 2:35 left before Susquehanna mounted a final charge. Robinson scored five consecutive points for the Crusaders to cut the lead in half, 77-72, at the 2:12 mark.
With 1:51 left Robinson hit two free throws to pull Susquehanna within 80—76. But, Gulla scored on a drive to extend the lead to 82-76 with 1:43 left. Chad Cohle hit a free throw for Susquehanna and John Kelly hit one for the Colonels to make it 83-77. Robinson then hit three-of-four charity tosses in a span of eight seconds to pull his team within 83-80 with 1:02 remaining.
Gulla hit the back end of a two-shot free throw situation with 55 ticks left to give Wilkes an 84-80 lead. But, Robinson, who scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, nailed a three-pointer with 35 seconds left to make it a one-point game, 84-83.
Matt Gould was fouled with 23 seconds remaining and calmly sank both free throws to give Wilkes an 86-83 lead. The Crusaders had an opportunity to tie, but Cuff’s three-pointer with 14 seconds on the clock was off the mark. The Colonels rebounded and Gulla was fouled with five seconds left. He hit the first of two free throws to make it 87-83. Smith would connect on a three-pointer as time expired to cut the final deficit to 87-86.
Kresge had 19 points and nine rebounds for Wilkes, which held a commanding 50-28 rebounding edge. Kline contributed 16 points and nine rebounds. Kable had 13 points, Gulla finished with 11 tallies, and Dan Adams had eight points and nine rebounds.
Joining Robinson in double-figures for Susquehanna were Cuff and Smith, who had 18 and 14 points, respectively.
(12/2) Delaware Valley 77 Wilkes 66
Delaware Valley College raced out to a 16-point halftime lead and then held off several surges by Wilkes University in the second half to earn a 77-66 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over the Colonels on Saturday.
The Aggies, who snapped a four-game losing streak, improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Wilkes saw their records fall to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Steve Kline’s fast break dunk with 12:50 left in the first half pulled Wilkes even at 8-8. Ryan Thomas then nailed a three-pointer for Delaware Valley to ignite a 15-0 run that provided the Aggies with the lead for good. Zack Van Dyke scored inside and Isaiah Pinckney canned a 15-footer to make it a 15-8 game. Brian Hilinski would score six straight points for Delaware Valley and Bill Gelsomini hit a jumper to extend the lead to 23-8 with 8:16 left in the half.
The Colonels, who shot only 28 percent from the field in the first half and converted only 5-of-15 free throws in the stanza, did manage to cut the gap to 10 points, 30-20 on a Jeremy Kable three-pointer just 2:31 before halftime. The Aggies would close the half with a 7-1 spurt to take a 37-21 lead into the locker room.
Delaware Valley had a 46-29 lead in the second half before Wilkes rattled off a 14-2 run to get back in the game. Six different Colonels scored during the run that ended with a Matt Gould three-pointer at the 9:43 mark that made it 48-43.
Pinckney would make it an eight point game, 51-43, with a three-pointer. Kable and Kline both scored inside to cut the lead to 51-47 with 7:02 left. However, Jason Seipt hit a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down and Joe Rod converted from in close to lift the Aggies to a 56-47 advantage with 5:50 left.
Wilkes would get to within 56-50 on a John Kelly three-pointer with 5:41 to go, but that is as close as they would get. Pinckney out-scored Wilkes 9-3 over the next 3:08 to up the Delaware Valley lead to 65-53 and put the game out of reach.
Pinckney had a game-high 27 points to go along with six assists to lead the Aggies. Gelsomini added 11 points, while Hilinski chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Kable had 19 points and a pair of assists for Wilkes. Tom Kresge contributed 13 points and seven rebounds. Kline finished the day with a double-double after popping in 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He was also credited with five assists and three blocked shots.
(11/29) Wilkes 65 Lycoming 48
The Wilkes University men’s basketball team opened Freedom Conference play on Wednesday night with a 65-48 thumping of Lycoming College in the Marts Center. The Colonels improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Warriors fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Lycoming led only once in the contest, that coming on a three-pointer by Kevin Morris with 16:51 left in the first half that made it 7-5. Less than a minute later Wilkes point guard Matt Gould knocked down a three of his own to give the Colonels the lead for good, 8-7.
After another Gould three-pointer made it 11-7, Lycoming’s Ricky Varnell scored inside to cut the lead to 11-9 with 11:42 left in the half. That is as close as the Warriors would get the rest of the way.
Tom Kresge began a decisive 17-4 run with five straight points that extended the gap to 16-9. After the Colonels’ Steve Kline traded baskets with Varnell to make it 18-11, John Kelly cashed in a three-pointer to up the lead to 21-11 with 6:43 showing on the clock.
David Wilson countered for the Warriors with a basket to pull his team within 21-13. However, Kelly and Kline hit back-to-back field goals and Kresge converted a traditional three-point play to provide Wilkes with a 28-13 edge at the 4:18 mark. The Colonels, thanks to a Kresge three-pointer as time expired, headed into the locker room with a 36-19 lead.
The Wilkes lead would grow to 44-25 with 14:37 left on a bucket by Anthony Gabriel. Lycoming would then score ten consecutive points to climb to within 44-35 with 10:49 left. Greg Sye hit two free throws and Jemayne Nowlin connected on a long-range attempt to get the Warriors within 44-30. After Sye hit two more free throws, David Wilson cashed in a three-pointer to make it a nine-point game.
The Colonels would end any thoughts of a Lycoming comeback by scoring the next seven points. Kline scored six points during the run, including two free throws at the 6:28 mark that made it 51-35. The Warriors would not get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Kresge had a game-high 20 points to lead three Wilkes players in double-figures. Kline added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Gould had 14 points and four assists. Wilkes out-rebounded Lycoming by a 36-29 margin and held the Warriors to just 18.8 percent shooting (3-of-16) from three-point range.
Wilson was the only Lycoming player to reach twin digits, finishing with 11 tallies. Sye, who came into the game averaging 17.3 points, was limited to only eight points, while Morris, who was popping in 14.3 points per game, was held to only six tallies.
(11/27) Wilkes 78 Immaculata 72
Wilkes University scored the final six points of the game to net a 78-72 non-conference men’s basketball victory over Immaculata College in the Colonels season opener on Monday night in the Marts Center. The Mighty Macs dropped their fourth straight game to open the campaign.
Kyle Finklea drilled a three-pointer for Immaculata to give the visitors a 65-58 lead at the 6:30 mark. However, Wilkes answered with an 11-2 spurt to take the lead. The freshman tandem of Anthony Gabriel and Tom Kresge did all the scoring for the Colonels during the run, with Gabriel canning seven points and Kresge adding four, including a basket off an assist from Matt Gould at the 2:52 mark that gave Wilkes a 69-67 lead.
Immaculata tied the game at 69-69 on a bucket by Jayson Hyman with 2:32 left. After Gould nailed a three-pointer to make it 72-69 Colonels, Hyman converted a traditional three-point play with 1:42 remaining to knot the count at 72-72.
Steve Kline would start the final run for Wilkes with a basket inside that gave his team a 74-72 edge with 1:21 showing on the clock. After an Immaculata turnover Gould hit the first of two free throws to extend the lead to 75-72 with 36 seconds left. Kline grabbed the offensive rebound on the second free throw by Gould and was immediately fouled with 33 seconds remaining. He would also hit one-of-two from the charity stripe to extend the lead to 76-72. Chris Gulla would add two free throws with 17 ticks left to provide the game’s final points.
The Colonels led for much of the first half, including their biggest margin of eight points that came following a Gabriel basket inside that made it 32-24 with 6:50 left in the opening stanza. The Mighty Macs would cut the lead to two points, 40-38, on a layup by Robert Jones with 45 seconds left in the period. But, Jeremy Kable knocked down a three-pointer as time expired in the half to provide Wilkes with a 43-38 lead at intermission.
Immaculata would use consecutive three-pointers by Julius Lopez to break a 47-47 tie and assume a 53-47 lead with 13:07 remaining. Wilkes mounted a charge to take a 57-56 lead on a Gulla field goal with 9:21 left.
The Mighty Macs followed with a 9-1 run of their own to take their largest lead of the game, 65-58. A free throw by Dan Lepone tied the game and Jones converted a three-point play to give Immaculata a 60-57 lead. Lepone would knocked down a jumper in the lane to make it 62-57 before Gabriel hit one free throw to cut the deficit to 62-58. But, Finklea connected on a three-pointer to give the Might Macs the 65-58 lead and set the stage for the Colonels final comeback.
Kresge cashed in a game-high 20 points in his collegiate debut, while also pulling down seven rebounds, handing out three assists and blocking a pair of shots. Kable added 13 points and five boards, while Gabriel had 12 points in his first college game. Gould gave Wilkes four players in double-figures by tossing in 10 points and hading out five assists, while Dan Adams contributed eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Finklea led three Immaculata players in twin digits with 19 points, three assists and five steals. Hyman chipped in with 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Lepone added 10 tallies.