(2/27) Freedom Semi-Final
DeSales 69 Wilkes 53
Ed Lapinski scored 23 points, including a critical three-point field goal with just over 5:35 remaining that seemed to turn the momentum and help DeSales University post a 69-53 win over visiting Wilkes University in a Freedom Conference men’s basketball semi-final game on Wednesday night at Billera Hall.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 21-5 overall, advanced to the conference championship tilt where they will host second-seeded King’s College, a 77-74 winner in overtime over Manhattanville College in the other semi-final, on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Wilkes sees their season come to a close with a 13-12 record.
Wilkes got on the board first on a jumper by Chris DeRojas at 18:21. However, DeSales would respond with a 12-1 run to take a nine-point lead. Matt Zwetolitz began the run with a three-pointer and Steve Stricker added a bucket inside to make it 5-2. Ed Lapinski would contribute a three-point play down low to extend the lead to 8-2.
Steve Kline hit the first of two free throws for the Colonels to cut the lead to 8-3. But, Eddie Ohlson scored on a drive and Darnell Braswell knocked down a 15-foot jumper to quickly up the lead to 12-3 with 13:55 to play in the half.
Wilkes still trailed by nine, 16-7, later in the half before going on a spurt of their own. DeRojas hit Kresge inside for a basket and Kline followed with an offensive rebound and field goal to cut the deficit to 16-11. Kresge would connect on a 10-foot jumper to make it 16-13, before DeRojas hit a long three-pointer with 8:25 to go in the half that tied the game at 16-16.
After a basket inside by the Bulldogs’ Zwetolitz put them back on top, 18-16, DeRojas canned another shot and Kline scored inside to provide Wilkes with a 20-18 lead.
DeSales answered right back with nine straight tallies of their own to regain the edge. Ed Lapinski hit a three-pointer, Braswell scored on a drive, and Lapinski cashed in a lay-up that gave the Bulldogs a 25-20 lead. A steal and basket by Charles Princiotto pushed the lead to 27-20 at the 2:59 mark.
Kyle Ruby came off the bench for Wilkes to hit a three-pointer to make it 27-23. But, Lapinski knocked down another trifecta to give his team the 30-23 edge. A rebound and basket inside by Kline with 49 seconds showing on the clock closed out the first half scoring and DeSales held a 30-25 lead at the break.
The two teams would battle on virtually even terms throughout the first 10 minutes of the second half. DeSales then went on a 6-0 run, keyed by a pair of Lapinski field goals, to take a 50-38 lead with 8:50 to go.
Wilkes would not go away quietly and used a 6-0 spurt of their own to cut the lead in half. Matt Gould hit two free throws to start the rally. A field goal inside by Kresge and a driving lay-up by Chris Gulla made it 50-44 with 7:15 still to play.
Lapinski, who was a thorn in the Colonels side all night long, would hit the biggest shot of the night at the 5:35 mark when he cashed in another three-pointer, this time from the corner, that gave his squad a 53-44 lead. On the Bulldogs next possession he corralled an offensive rebound and scored to extend the gap to 55-44. He would follow that up by canning one-of-two free throws at the 4:33 mark as the lead grew to 56-44 with 4:33 left and Wilkes was never able to recover.
(2/23) Wilkes 77 FDU-Florham 64
The Wilkes University men’s basketball team scored a 77-64 Freedom Conference win over FDU-Florham on Saturday afternoon and in the process clinched a berth in the conference playoffs that will begin on Wednesday night.
The Colonels, who improved to 13-11 overall and 7-5 in conference play, needed a win and a loss by Arcadia to earn a playoff spot. After taking care of their business against the Devils (3-22/2-10), Wilkes watched as Manhattanville rallied for a 67-59 win over Arcadia to hand the Colonels the playoff berth.
Wilkes will enter as the number-four seed and will travel to top-seeded DeSales University on Wednesday at a time to be determined. King’s copped the number-two seed and will host third-seeded Manhattanville on Wednesday night in the other semi-final. The two winners will meet on Saturday at the site of the top remaining seed for the conference crown and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Wilkes had a 10-9 lead in the early going following a three-pointer by Tom Kresge. However, Ryan McPherson and Matt Kittner converted field goals for FDU-Florham to give the Devils a 13-10 lead with 9:49 left in the stanza.
Chris DeRojas scored the next seven points for Wilkes, while FDU-Florham got field goals from McPherson and Ricky Fetske to make it a 17-17 game with 7:52 left before intermission.
Kresge, Steve Kline and DeRojas scored two points apiece during a 6-0 Colonels run that gave them a 23-17 lead at the 5:12 mark. The Devils then answered with a brief 6-2 run that trimmed the lead to 25-23 with 3:22 showing on the clock.
Wilkes would gain some breathing room by rattling off 12 straight points late in the half. Kresge scored inside and Anthony Gabriel and DeRojas knocked down three-pointers to give the Colonels a 33-23 edge. John DeFeo added a bucket inside and DeRojas hit a 15-foot jumper to extend the lead to 37-23. Andrew Biancosino would cash in a shot with just one second left in the half to pull the Devils within 37-25 at the break.
FDU-Florham closed to within 10 points, 37-27, on a Festke basket to begin the second half. However, that is as close as the Devils would get following an 11-2 Wilkes run that extended the lead to 48-29 with 16:37 left. Matt Gould keyed the run for the Colonels with a pair of three-pointers and FDU-Florham was never able to get any closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Kresge finished with a career-high 28 points and also grabbed game-high honors with 12 rebounds to lead Wilkes. DeRojas contributed 23 tallies, including five three-pointers. Fetske was the top gun for FDU-Florham with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
(2/19) King's 71 Wilkes 58
Senior center John Soboleski scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds to lead King’s College to a 71-58 win over Wilkes University in a Freedom Conference men’s basketball game on Tuesday night in the Marts Center.
The victory improved the Monarchs to 16-8 overall and 8-3 in conference play. King’s clinched a berth in the post-season with the win and moved within a half-game of DeSales for the top spot in the conference standings. The Bulldogs were beaten by Arcadia on Tuesday night to fall to 9-3 in the conference. Manhattanville, who visits Arcadia on Saturday, is also 8-3, while Arcadia and Wilkes share the fourth spot at 6-5.
The Colonels, who are 12-11 overall, travel to FDU-Florham on Saturday for their regular season finale. Wilkes needs a win against the Devils and an Arcadia loss to secure the final playoff berth. If Arcadia and Wilkes are both victorious the playoff berth will be determined by a set of tie-breaking criteria.
Soboleski scored seven points during a game-opening 11-4 King’s run in the opening 5:15. However, Wilkes would rally with a 9-2 spurt to knot the game at 13-13. Chris DeRojas hit a three-pointer and Tom Kresge scored inside to trim the lead to 11-9. After a Soboleski basket made it 13-9, Steve Kline canned a jumper and Kresge hit two free throws to tie the game with 11:26 left before halftime.
Kofi Dwebeng made one-of-two free throws to make it 14-13. Wilkes then took their only lead of the game on a Chris Gulla drive that put them on top 15-14 with 10:23 showing on the clock.
King’s would answer with field goals by Jim Schule, Dwebeng and Jamie Cousart to take the lead for good, 20-15, with 6:29 left. The Colonels would hang around and trailed by only two, 25-23, with 4:12 left in the half following a Kline basket. But, King’s scored the next five points, including two Cousart charity tosses, to take a 30-23 lead. They would maintain that edge and held a 35-28 lead at the break.
Wilkes still trailed by eight, 42-34, five minutes into the second half before a 6-0 run cut the lead to two. Kline canned a shot from the corner, Kresge scored down low and DeRojas converted a drive to make it 42-40 with 13:39 remaining.
King’s would stretch the lead back to seven on a Dwebeng three-pointer at the 12:25 mark that made it 47-40, but Wilkes again rallied and trailed by two, 48-46, following a Kline field goal with 10:44 left.
The Monarchs then took control with a 15-3 run that sealed the Colonels fate. Jim Welsh nailed a three-pointer and Cousart scored on consecutive possessions to give King’s a 55-46 lead with 9:05 left. After a jumper by Gulla and a free throw by Kresge made it 55-49 with 6:02 showing on the clock, Welsh hit another three-pointer to ignite a string of eight straight points. Cousart made two free throws and Soboleski added a free throw and a field goal as King’s opened up a 63-49 lead with 4:01 left.
Soboleski, who also had four assists and four blocked shots, was 10-of-15 from the field and hit 7-of-10 free throw attempts. Cousart added 12 points and five rebounds, while Welsh contributed 11 points.
Kresge had 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace Wilkes. Kline finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
(2/16) Arcadia 66 Wilkes 55
Arcadia University rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to stun host Wilkes University and notch a 66-55 Freedom Conference win on Saturday afternoon at the Marts Center.
The Knights ran their overall record to 11-12 and kept their playoff hopes alive by improving to 5-5 in conference play. Wilkes dropped their second straight conference game to fall to 12-10 overall and 6-4 in the conference with two games remaining.
Wilkes built a 25-21 lead at halftime, but Eric Elliot’s jumper with 17:24 to go pulled Arcadia within 27-26. The Colonels would respond with eight straight points to go up by nine. Steve Kline hit two free throws and Chris DeRojas converted a three-point play to extend the lead to 32-26. DeRojas would follow with a long three-pointer that gave Wilkes a 35-26 edge with 15:15 to play.
The Colonels would continue to hold the lead and took a 46-40 edge on a basket by Chris Gulla with 8:02 to go. But, Arcadia used a 12-2 spurt to take the lead for good. Bobby Mulholland hit two charity tosses and Durell Mills scored inside to trim the lead to 46-44.
DeRojas would hit one free throw for Wilkes to make it a 47-44 game with 7:10 left. Mulholland then stepped to the line for the Knights and hit two free throws to push the score to 47-46. Kline was fouled on the next Colonels possession and was able to hit one free throw for a 48-46 Wilkes lead at the 6:21 mark.
Elliot tied the game at 48-48 with 6:00 to play with a jumper and gave Arcadia the lead for good with two free throws at the 5:34 mark that made it 50-48. Mills would contribute another basket inside to up the lead to 52-48 with 5:02 left.
Wilkes got within two, 54-52, on a Gulla lay-up with 4:13 left. The Knights then embarked on an 8-0 run that put the game away. Mills started the spree with a lay-up and Elliot followed with a three-pointer that gave Arcadia a 59-52 lead with 2:43 showing on the clock. After a turnover by the Colonels, Mulholland drilled a three-pointer from the corner that upped the lead to 62-52 with 2:13 left.
Elliot finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead Arcadia in all three categories. Mulholland chipped in with 14 points and three steals. Kevin Brown contributed 13 points and six rebounds.
Kline had 15 points and six rebounds for the Colonels, who shot only 36.4 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from three-point range. Gulla added 11 points, while Gould, who had four assists, and DeRojas finished with nine points apiece.
(2/14) Manhattanville 92 Wilkes 81
Cody Moffett scored 29 points to help Manhattanville College post a 92-81 win over Wilkes University in a Freedom Conference men’s basketball game on Thursday night. The victory upped the Valiants to 16-6 overall and 8-2 in the conference, while the Colonels fell to 12-9 overall and 6-3 in conference action.
Manhattanville would get out to an 8-2 lead in the opening 3:13 of the first half thanks to four points by Moffett. But, the Colonels would fight their way back, closing to within 12-11 on a three-pointer by Matt Gould with 14:47 left in the period.
Wilkes would tie the game at 13-13 on a Chris Gulla jumper at the 12:51 mark, but Wesly Wicks hit a jumper and Devon Barnett canned a three-pointer to put the Valiants back in front, 18-13 midway through the half.
A 7-2 spurt by the Colonels tied the game at 20-20 with 8:15 showing on the clock. Gould started the out-burst with a three-pointer. After Wicks hit a jumper for Manhattanville to make it 20-16, Gulla converted a steal into a basket and Steve Kline scored inside to even the count.
Moffett would give the Valiants the lead once again, 23-20, with a three-pointer. However, Gulla dropped in a long-range shot and Anthony Gabriel scored on an offensive rebound to put Wilkes ahead for the first time, 25-23, at the 5:34 mark.
Wilkes led 28-27 before Moffett scored six straight points to make it 33-28 in favor of Manhattanville with 2:53 left before intermission. Wilkes would rally once again and tied the score at 36-36 on a Tom Kresge three-pointer with 1:10 left. A field goal by Wicks placed the Valiants on top, 38-36. Gabriel would convert one of two free throws to send the game to halftime with Wilkes trailing 38-37.
The game was tied at 50-50 before a 6-0 run by the Valiants gave them the lead for good. Wicks hit a jumper to put his team ahead 52-50. Jason Walsh would follow with a field goal, before a Wicks drive provided Manhattanville with a 56-50 lead with 13:29 to go.
The Colonels cut the lead to two, 56-54, on a Chris DeRojas jumper and two free throws by Gulla with 12:27 to play, but that was as close as they would get.
With Manhattanville holding a 64-61 advantage, a string of seven straight points would open up a 10-point lead for the home team. Moffett hit two charity tosses and Donte Chisolm connected on a three-pointer to extend the lead to 69-61. Brendan Flynn would then hit a jumper to push the lead to 71-61 with 7:06 remaining.
Wilkes responded with an 8-2 lead to cut the deficit to four, 73-69, with 4:37 to go on a basket inside by Gabriel. After a Chisolm basket and two Gulla free throws made it 75-71, Angelo Laroche and Chisolm hit consecutive three-pointers to once again extend the lead to double figures, 81-71, with 2:17 to play. The Colonels would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Moffett added six rebounds to his 29-point effort to lead four Manhattanville players in twin digits. Wicks finished with 17 points. Chisolm had 15 points and five assists, while Brian Fink added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Gould had 21 points and six assists for Wilkes, who also placed four players in double figures. Kresge connected for 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, while both DeRojas and Gulla contributed 13 tallies.
(2/9) Wilkes 100 Delaware Valley 67
Wilkes University shot a sizzling 60.7 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range in scoring a 100-67 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over visiting Delaware Valley College on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center.
The Colonels won for the sixth time in their last seven games to improve to 12-8 overall and 6-2 in the conference. The Aggies saw their records fall to 2-19 overall and 0-9 in conference action.
The game was decided in the opening 20 minutes when Wilkes connected on 64.3 percent (18-of-28) of their field goal attempts, including 57.1 percent (8-14) from behind the three-point arc, to take a commanding 53-26 lead at the break.
Delaware Valley never led in the tilt, but did have the Wilkes advantage down to three points, 14-11, following a three-pointer by Jason Seipt with 14:15 to play in the opening stanza.
Wilkes responded with seven straight tallies to take a 21-11 lead. John Defeo hit one free throw and Tom Kresge and Steve Kline knocked down consecutive three-pointers during the out-burst.
With the lead still at 10 points, 25-15, the Colonels embarked on a 15-4 run that put the game out of reach for good. Kline hit a three-pointer and Anthony Gabriel cashed in a jumper to extend the lead to 30-15. Ryan Thomas would score down low for the Aggies to make it 30-17, but two Chris DeRojas free throws and steal and layup by DeRojas quickly pushed the edge to 34-17.
Delaware Valley Jason Goldheimer scored on a drive to pull the Aggies with 34-19 at the 7:28 mark. Kresge then scored inside for Wilkes to make it 36-19. A jumper by DeRojas and two Kline free throws capped the run and gave the Colonels a 40-19 lead with 5:46 left in the half.
After a basket by the Aggies’ Zack Van Dyke trimmed the lead to 40-21, DeRojas canned a three-pointer to give Wilkes a 43-21 lead. Delaware Valley was never able to get the lead inside of 20 points the rest of the way.
Kline, who was 9-of-11 from the field, had a career-high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists for Wilkes. Kresge shot 8-of-9 from the field and chipped I with 20 points and six rebounds. DeRojas added 17 points and three assists, while Matt Gould contributed 10 tallies.
Seipt and Van Dyke finished with 13 points apiece for Delaware Valley. Goldheimer had 12 tallies, while both Ryan Thomas and Raheem Wiggins ended the day with 10 points.
(2/6) Wilkes 96 Penn College 70
Freshman Chris DeRojas scored a career-high 33 points to lead Wilkes University to a 96-70 non-conference men’s basketball win at Penn College on Wednesday night.
With the victory the Colonels improved to 11-8 overall heading into Saturday afternoon’s Freedom Conference game at home against Delaware Valley College at 3 p.m. Penn College saw their overall record fall to 7-12.
DeRojas drilled seven three-pointers to account for 21 of his points as Wilkes jumped out to a 50-32 lead at halftime and never looked back. Steve Kline finished the night with 17 points for the Colonels, who shot 51.5 percent from the field for the game. Wilkes also received 14 points and eight rebounds from Tom Kresge and five assists from Matt Gould.
Joe Simon was the top gun for Penn College with 23 points.
(2/2) DeSales 71 Wilkes 61
DeSales University used an 8-2 run late in the game to pull away and post a 71-61 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over visiting Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Bulldogs to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in conference action. Wilkes fell to 10-8 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
Behind five points from Darnell Braswell DeSales was able to turn a 2-2 tie into an 11-4 lead just 4:43 into the first half. The Bulldogs would extend that lead to 18-9 on a basket inside by Ed Lapinski with 9:51 left in the half.
Wilkes responded by going on a 14-2 run that gave them the lead. Anthony Gabriel started the spurt with a three-pointer and Matt Gould scored on a drive to cut the Bulldogs lead to 18-14. After Eddie Ohlson converted a field goal for DeSales, Gould hit a three-pointer, Steve Kline scored from in close and Chris DeRojas canned consecutive jumpers to give the Colonels a 23-20 lead with 5:51 remaining in the period.
DeSales would re-take the lead by scoring six unanswered tallies. Ohlson hit a jumper and Eric Salem cashed in a drive to put the Bulldogs ahead, 24-23. Phil Stricker capped the run with two charity tosses at the 4:51 mark that made it 26-23.
Jumpers by Kline and Gabriel put Wilkes ahead once again, 27-26, just 1:52 before halftime. But, Charles Princiotto hit one free throw and Jamie McCloskey knocked down a three-pointer in the final minute to send the game to intermission with DeSales leading 30-27.
Matt Zwetolitz hit two three-pointers in the opening 2:52 of the second half to help the Bulldogs build a 38-29 lead. However, Wilkes would get a three-pointer from DeRojas and field goals from Gabriel and Tom Kresge during a 7-0 run that cut the gap to 38-36 with 14:55 to play.
Later in the stanza DeSales rattled off a 10-1 spurt and went ahead 51-41 on a drive by Ohlson with 8:45 showing on the clock. With the lead still at ten points, 55-45, the Colonels ran off a string of six straight tallies, including four by Kresge, to trim the gap to 55-51 with 4:33 left.
DeSales would then embark on their decisive run, out-scoring the Colonels 8-2 over the next 2:36 to ice the game. Lapinski scored inside and Braswell drilled a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 60-51 advantage. After a jumper by DeRojas pulled Wilkes within 60-53, Lapinski hit one free throw and Brasswell hit a pair of charity tosses to push the edge to 63-53 with 1:57 to play. The Colonels were unable to get any closer than eight points during the remainder of the game.
DeSales ended the game shooting 61 percent from the field after connecting on 25-of-41 field goal attempts. The Bulldogs were also successful on 6-of-10 shots from three-point range. Wilkes shot 46 percent from the field after canning 22-of-48 tries. The Colonels were only 3-of-10 from behind the three-point arc.
Braswell had a game-high 20 points to lead three DeSales players in twin digits. Zwetolitz added 11 points and five rebounds, while Ohlson had 10 points and 10 assists.
Kline cashed in 14 tallies to pace Wilkes offensively. Gould was credited with 12 points and three steals. Both DeRojas and Gabriel chipped in with nine tallies.
(1/30) Wilkes 79 FDU-Florham 54
Wilkes University got a career-high 25-point effort from junior forward Steve Kline on their way to a relatively easy 79-54 Freedom Conference win over FDU-Florham on Wednesday night in the Marts Center.
The win not only improved the Colonels to 10-7 overall and 5-1 in the conference, but also served as the 300th victory for 16-year head coach Jerry Rickrode. Rickrode has now amassed an astounding record of 300 wins and only 114 losses during his illustrious tenure at Wilkes.
The Colonels started the game with a 7-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. John Defeo and Tom Kresge both scored inside before a traditional three-point play by Kline capped the run.
The Devils would trim the lead to three, 7-4, on a three-pointer by Ryan McPherson, but that is as close as they would get thanks to a string of ten consecutive tallies that improved the Wilkes lead to 17-4 with 14:11 left in the half.
Kline and Kresge both scored from in close to make it 11-4. Kline then stepped outside to nail a three-pointer that pushed the edge to 14-4. A three-pointer by Chris DeRojas would increase the advantage to 17-4.
The Devils would climb back to within seven, 23-16, on a field goal by Danny Ciprut at the 10:07 mark. However, the Colonels strung together eight straight points to stretch the lead to double figures for good. Chris Gulla scored the first four points of the out-burst with a pair of field goals before Matt Gould and Kline cashed in shots to give Wilkes a 31-16 lead with 6:51 remaining in the stanza.
The Colonels held a 39-25 lead at halftime and erased any doubts about an FDU-Florham comeback by rattling off the first eight points of the second period. DeRojas canned a three-pointer just 13 ticks into the half to make it 42-25. After Kresge converted inside, Gould hit two free throws and Andrew Durako hit the second of two charity tosses to provide Wilkes with a 47-25 lead with 16:10 to play. The Devils never got the lead below 19 points again.
Kline finished 10-of-18 from the floor and also handed out five assists for Wilkes. Kresge contributed 15 tallies and three assists, while Anthony Gabriel had nine points and six rebounds.
Ricky Fetske earned a double-double for FDU-Florham with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Wilkes defense held the Devils to just 35.7 percent shooting for the game and kept McPherson, the leading scorer in the Freedom Conference heading into the night, in check. McPherson, who was averaging 20.3 points per game, was limited to just eight tallies.
(1/26) Wilkes 71 Delaware Valley 67
Wilkes University withstood a furious rally in the final three minutes by Delaware Valley College to escape Doylestown with a 71-67 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win on Saturday.
The victory improved the Colonels to 9-7 overall and 4-1 in the conference. It also marked the 299th win for Wilkes head coach Jerry Rickrode, who will attempt to get win number 300 at home on Wednesday night against FDU-Florham. Delaware Valley is now 1-16 overall and winless in six conference starts.
The Colonels built a 59-43 lead on a pair of Chris Gulla free throws with 5:04 left. They would match that margin when Matt Gould cashed in a charity toss with 4:28 left that gave Wilkes a 60-44 advantage.
Delaware Valley still trailed by 15 tallies, 63-48, with just over three minutes left before running off 13 straight points to cut the lead to 63-61 with 1:09 left. Brian Hilinski hit four straight free throws and Matt Beichey scored inside to pull the Aggies within 63-54. Raheem Wiggins then scored seven consecutive points, including a layup that made it a two-point game.
Gould would make one-of-two free throws with 1:03 left to make it 64-61, but Wiggins converted two charity tosses only 12 seconds later to get the Aggies within 64-63. The next Wilkes possession resulted in a Tom Kresge field goal that gave the Colonels a 66-63 edge with 35 seconds showing on the clock. Beichey then scored inside for Delaware Valley to close the gap to 66-65.
After Gould once again made one of his two free throw attempts with 19 ticks left to up the lead to 67-65, Delaware Valley turned the ball over and the Aggies were forced to foul Chris DeRojas with 14 seconds remaining. DeRojas made both free throws to make it a two possession game, 69-65. Wiggins would score with seven seconds left, but DeRojas was fouled with six seconds to go and once again sank both shots to provide the Colonels with the victory.
Wilkes jumped out to an early 11-2 lead behind four points each from Gould and Steve Kline, and a three-pointer by DeRojas. But, Delaware Valley fought back to cut the lead to 15-13 on a Wiggins basket inside with 9:27 left in the half.
The Colonels answered right back by going on a 17-6 spurt to push the lead back to double figures. DeRojas hit two three-pointers during the run, while Anthony Gabriel contributed four free throws as Wilkes pushed their lead to 32-19 with 4:14 left in the half. They would eventually settle for a 38-27 lead at halftime.
The Aggies had the lead down to seven, 47-40, following two Beichey free throws with 8:46 to go. But, Wilkes scored eight points in a row, seven of those coming from DeRojas, to stretch the lead to 55-40 with 6:43 left. The lead would stay in double figures until the late Delaware Valley run.
DeRojas finished with 26 points for the third straight game to pace Wilkes offensively. Gabriel had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Gould, who had seven assists and seven steals, and Steve Kline finished with 10 points each as well.
Wiggins poured in a game-high 27 points and had 11 rebounds for Delaware Valley. Beichey contributed 11 points, while Jason Seipt contributed 10 points and five assists.
(1/22) Wilkes 99 Manhattanville 72
The Wilkes University men’s basketball team put together arguably their best 40 minutes of the season en route to a decisive 99-72 Freedom Conference win over Manhattanville College on Tuesday night in the Marts Center.
The Colonels improved their overall record to 8-7 and their conference mark to 3-1, while the Valiants, who are competing in the conference for the first time this season, fell to 11-5 overall and suffered their first conference loss to drop to 3-1.
Wilkes scorched the nets all night long and finished the game shooting 65.4 percent from the field after hitting 34-of-52 shot attempts. In the first half alone, when Wilkes built a 52-27 lead, the Colonels shot 67.7 percent (21-of-31) and had 18 assists and a mere two turnovers.
The Colonels put the game away early by rattling off 14 straight points to turn a 6-4 lead into a 20-4 advantage with 13:52 left in the first stanza. A three-pointer by Chris DeRojas and a basket inside by Steve Kline started the spurt and gave Wilkes an 11-4 edge. Tom Kresge followed with a jumper and Matt Gould knocked down a three-pointer to extend the gap to 16-4. Field goals by Kresge and Gould capped the run and gave Wilkes the 16-point lead.
Manhattanville never really recovered from the run. The Valiants were able to trim the lead to 22-8 on a Lamar Glass field goal at the 12:26 mark, but a three-pointer by Chris Gulla and field goals by Anthony Gabriel and DeRojas quickly pushed the lead to 29-10 with 11:03 left in the half.
The lead was still 19, 46-27 before Wilkes scored the final six points of the half to take a 52-27 lead into the locker room. The six points came courtesy of a pair of long-range bombs by DeRojas, who cashed in 16 points in the first 20 minutes of action.
The Colonels edge never dwindled to less than 20 points in the second half as they continued their hot shooting. The squad drilled 13-of-21 shots in the second half (61.9 percent) to keep the Valiants at a distance.
The biggest lead for Wilkes cam at the 4:04 mark when Chris Hopkins cashed in a lay-up to make it 95-62. The Colonels would match that lead just 1:33 later when Kyle Ruby connected on a three-pointer that pushed the lead to 98-65.
DeRojas matched his career-high that he set in Saturday’s win at Arcadia by dumping in 26 points, including six three-pointers. Gould chipped in with 15 points and a career-high 10 assists. Kline contributed 14 points and four helpers, while Kresge had 13 points and four assists.
Glass led four Manhattanville players in twin digits with 14 points. Wesly Wicks added 11 points, while both Angelo Laroche and Peter Mehmel ended the night with 10 points.
(1/19) Wilkes 62 Arcadia 57
Freshman Chris DeRojas scored 20 of his career-high 26 points in the second half to help Wilkes University rally for a 62-47 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win at Arcadia University on Saturday afternoon. The win upped the Colonels overall record to 7-7 and moved their conference mark to 2-1. Arcadia slipped to 6-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
DeRojas was brilliant in the final 20 minutes, hitting 5-of-8 field goal attempts and cashing in 4-of-5 attempts from three-point range. The Bishop O’Reilly product also converted 6-of-7 free throws in the second half.
Arcadia, which held a 30-24 lead at halftime, maintained an advantage earlier in the second stanza and still led 38-34 before DeRojas scored eight straight points to give Wilkes the lead. The rookie sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around two free throws to provide the Colonels with a 42-38 lead with 12:51 left.
The Knights would answer back thanks to a jumper and three-pointer by Bobby Mulholland to forge back in front, 43-42, with 10:43 left.
Wilkes would then embark on an 8-1 spurt that gave them a 50-44 advantage with 8:20 to play. Tom Kresge scored on a three-point play to give the Colonels a 45-43 lead. After Mulholland hit one-of-two from the charity stripe to cut the deficit to 45-44, Steve Kline scored inside and DeRojas drained a long-range shot to up the lead to 50-44.
Arcadia would score six straight points later in the half to tie the game for the final time at 52-52. Glen Gagnon scored inside and Mulholland hit two free throws to pull the Knights within 52-50. Eric Elliot was then fouled and hit both of his charity attempts to even the count with 3:12 to go.
DeRojas began a string of eight straight Wilkes points that put the game away. His jumper with 2:10 remaining gave the Colonels the lead for good, 54-52. Kresge added a jumper at the 1:25 mark to make it 56-52, and then scored inside to extend the lead to 58-52 with 1:01 left. DeRojas capped the spurt with two free throws that made it 60-52 with 44 seconds remaining.
DeRojas finished the game 7-of-14 from the field and 6-of-10 from three-point land. The guard also handed out four assists and came up with five rebounds. Kresge contributed 15 points and five rebounds, while Kline had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Kevin Brown had 16 points and six points for Arcadia. Elliot contributed 14 points and six caroms, while Mulholland added 10 points and four assists.
(1/16) DeSales 68 Wilkes 58
DeSales University overcame a five-point halftime deficit to notch a 68-58 Freedom Conference men’s basketball victory over Wilkes University on Wednesday night in the Marts Center. The win improved the Bulldogs to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while Wilkes fell to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
The Colonels trailed only once in the first half and enjoyed their biggest advantage of the contest, 11-1, on a basket inside by John Defeo with 16:16 left in the first half.
DeSales would fight back and used an eight-point run to overcome a 17-10 deficit to take an 18-17 edge on a Phil Stricker field goal with 6:27 to play in the stanza. However, the lead was short lived when Wilkes’ Chris Gulla converted a traditional three-point on the Colonels next trip down the floor to give his squad a 20-18 edge at the 6:04 mark.
The Colonels would stretch their lead to nine, 29-20, on a basket down low from Steve Kline just 2:18 before intermission. DeSales would score the final four points of the period, two each by Darnell Braswell and Eric Salem, to close to within 29-24 at the break.
Tom Kresge scored on the first Wilkes possession of the second half to give the Colonels a 31-24 lead before DeSales would mount a rally. Four points apiece from Bradshaw and Stricker helped the Bulldogs out-score Wilkes 10-2 over the next 3:23 and put DeSales back on top 34-33.
A driving basket by the Colonels Chris DeRojas restored the lead to Wilkes, 35-34. But, a Stricker lay-up and two free throws by Ed Lapinski provided DeSales with the lead, 38-35.
The Bulldogs pushed their lead to six, 48-42, on a bucket by Jim Malatesta with 9:45 to go. Wilkes would then rattle off eight of the next ten points, including five by DeRojas and three by Kresge, to even the count at 50-50 with 8:06 remaining.
DeSales would put together a decisive 10-0 spurt forge in front to stay. Malatesta scored on a drive and Bradshaw cashed in a lay-up to give the Bulldogs a 54-50 lead. Eddie Ohlson followed with a driving field goal and a three-pointer to extend the margin to 59-50. A free throw by Jamie McCloskey with 4:10 showing on the clock put DeSales ahead 60-50. The Colonels would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Stricker had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead four DeSales players in double figures. Braswell finished with 12 points. Ohlson popped in 11 points and dished out six assists, while Lapinski added 10 points and seven boards.
Kresge had a game-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists for the Colonels. Kline contributed 12 points and six assists.
(1/12) Lebanon Valley 59 Wilkes 47
Lebanon Valley College erased a two-point Wilkes University lead with a 13-point run in the second half on their way to a 59-47 non-conference victory over the Colonels in the Marts Center. The win improved the Flying Dutchmen to 6-8 overall, while Wilkes saw their record even at 6-6.
Wilkes trailed 28-21 at halftime, but opened the second stanza by out-scoring Lebanon Valley 12-3 to take the lead. A free throw by Tom Kresge and a three-pointer by Matt Gould trimmed the lead to 28-25 just 1:58 into the stanza. After a basket inside by the Flying Dutchmen’s Jamie Shinn made it 30-25, Steve Kline hit one charity toss for Wilkes and then converted a shot from in close to pull the Colonels within 30-28.
Chris DeRojas would cash in a Kresge steal with a lay-up to knot the game at 30-30. Shinn would then step to the line for Lebanon Valley and hit one-of-two free throws to give his team a 31-30 lead. However, DeRojas drilled a long-range three-pointer at the 12:59 mark to provide Wilkes with a 33-31 advantage.
Lebanon Valley would begin their decisive spurt with a bang when Shinn took a feed from Matt Staub and scored on a dunk to tie the game once again at 33-33. A three-point play by Eric Humphrey and a basket inside by Peter Ruth gave the Flying Dutchmen a 38-33 edge with 11:30 to play. Ruth would score three more times, all from in close, to up the Lebanon Valley lead to 44-33 with 8:59 left.
Wilkes would make one final run by out-scoring their opponent 13-6 over the next 4:09 to trim the lead to 50-46 with 4:17 left. DeRojas scored eight points during the run, while Kresge contributed four tallies.
Lebanon Valley put the game away by ending the game with a 9-1 spurt. Ruth hit two free throws and a field goal to make it a 54-46 game with 2:24 remaining. After a free throw by Gould cut the lead to 54-47, Kyle Enoch hit a free throw and a lay-up to extend the lead to double figures, 57-47, with 1:40 left and end any hopes of a Wilkes rally.
Humphrey, who had seven rebounds, and Ruth both finished with 16 points to lead Lebanon Valley. Enoch contributed 15 points, six boards and five assists.
DeRojas fired in 22 points and was the only Wilkes player to reach twin digits. Kresge chipped in with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Gould had eight points, three assists and three steals.
(1/10) Wilkes 49 Baptist Bible 42
Tom Kresge scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to lead Wilkes University to a 49-42 non-conference men’s basketball win over Baptist Bible College on Thursday night. The win improved the Colonels to 6-5 overall, while the Defenders saw their record slip to 5-7.
Neither team was able to gain much of an edge in the opening 20 minutes of action. The biggest lead of the stanza came at the 3:57 mark when Nathan Greve knocked down a three-pointer to give Baptist Bible an 18-13 advantage.
Wilkes would respond with a 6-0 spurt to forge back in front. Chris DeRojas started the run with a 15-foot jumper. Anthony Gabriel would follow with a rebound and basket to pull the Colonels within 18-17. A pair of free throws by Steve Kline with 2:32 left before intermission gave Wilkes a 19-18 edge.
Tim O’Keefe, who led all scorers in the opening half with eight points, scored inside for the Defenders and DeRojas tallied two points on a drive to push the score to 21-20. A lay-up by Josh Workman with 55 ticks left in the half provided Baptist Bible with a 22-21 heading into the locker room.
The Defenders would score the initial four points of the second half on field goals by Workman and O’Keefe to mimic their biggest lead of the game, five points, 26-21. However, Wilkes scored seven unanswered tallies to move back in front. Chris Gulla hit a free throw and Tom Kresge added two charity tosses and a rebound and basket to tie the game at 26-26. John Defeo then scored inside off a Kresge assist to give the Colonels a 28-26 lead.
The game would stay tight and when Travis Wash hit two free throws for Baptist Bible with 7:52 left the two teams were even again at 35-35.
Chris DeRojas would give Wilkes the lead for good with a three-pointer with 7:35 to play that made it 38-35. After a Workman field goal inside for the Defenders trimmed the deficit to 38-37, the Colonels rattled off nine straight points to put the game out of reach.
Kresge began the spurt when he scored inside off an assist from DeRojas. Kline would connect from in close at the 5:29 mark to up the Wilkes lead to 42-37. With 2:54 remaining Kresge nailed a three-pointer that pushed the edge to 45-37. The Colonels would gain a double digit lead on a Matt Gould 15-foot jumper with 1:52 left that made it 47-37.
Baptist Bible would close to within 47-41 with 0:55 left on field goals by Khristian Collins and Justin Cook. But, two free throws by DeRojas with 43 seconds showing on the clock upped the lead to 49-41 and sealed the win.
(1/8) Wilkes 80 King's 70
Wilkes University put together a 9-0 run late in the game to post an 80-70 win over rival and defending Freedom Conference men’s basketball champion King’s College in the conference opener for both teams on Tuesday night.
The win improved the Colonels to 5-5 overall as they end a stretch of three straight games at King’s Scandlon Gymnasium. Wilkes also played in the Wilkes-Barre Challenge at the Monarchs home court over the weekend. King’s saw their overall record slip to 7-6.
The two teams would trade baskets throughout the first 12 minutes of the second half and Wilkes still maintained their three-point lead, 55-52, with 7:47 to play. King’s would then nab the lead for the first time in the contest when Cousart scored on a drive and Vince Scalzo dropped a three-pointer to provide the Monarchs with a 57-55 lead with 7:11 left.
The lead would bounce back and forth several times before King’s took their final lead of the night, 64-63, on a 17-foot jumper by Kevin Conroy with exactly four minutes showing on the clock.
Matt Gould answered for Wilkes only 14 seconds later with a driving field goal that lifted the Colonels to a 65-64 advantage. On the next Wilkes possession Chris Gulla hit a clutch three-pointer from the corner with the shot clock winding down to give the Colonels a 68-64 lead with only 2:47 remaining.
Cousart hit two free throws at the 2:34 mark to pull King’s within 68-66, but that is as close as they would get thanks to a decisive 9-0 Wilkes run.
Gould started the spree with two free throws at 2:26 to make it 70-66. After Soboleski was unable to hit either of his two free throws for King’s on their next trip down the floor, DeRojas cashed in a jumper that extended the Wilkes lead to 72-66 with 1:33 to play. Gould would hit three-of-four free throws and DeRojas hit both of his charity toss attempts to help Wilkes match their biggest lead of the game, 77-66, with 45 seconds left.
With the game tied at 4-4 Wilkes scored five straight points, three on a long-range field goal by Steve Kline and two on a John Defeo jumper, to take a 9-4 lead. After Ryan Nenstiel answered with a three-pointer for King’s to make it 9-7, the Colonels went on an 11-2 run to take their biggest lead of the stanza.
Tom Kresge cashed in a traditional three-point play at the 14:42 mark to up the Wilkes lead to 12-7. Kline followed with a jumper in the corner to make it 14-7. Anthony Gabriel would then knock down a trifecta that gave Wilkes a 17-7 advantage. Vince Scalzo scored inside for the Monarchs to trim the gap to 17-9. But, Kresge would nail a three-pointer to make it a 20-9 game with 13:02 remaining in the half.
King’s would mount a charge before intermission to cut the lead to only three at the break. The Monarchs put together a 12-3 run to turn what was a 23-13 Wilkes lead into a 26-25 Colonels advantage with 4:50 showing on the clock. Jamie Cousart scored six points during the spurt, including the final four points, all from the charity stripe.
The Wilkes lead would hover between five and three points throughout the remainder of the half. The Colonels would eventually settle for a 35-32 lead at halftime.
Wilkes shot a blistering 56.5 percent from the field in the contest, including an outstanding 61.9 shooting percentage in the second half. King’s was impressive in their own right, finishing the game with a 48.9 field goal percentage.
Kresge led four Wilkes players in double figures with 21 points. DeRojas was next on the scoring list with 16 tallies. Gulla was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line on his way to a 12-point night, while Kline popped in 10 points and had four assists.
Cousart had 24 points, including a 12-for-12 shooting night from the charity stripe, to pace King’s. Conroy and Scalzo both added 11 points for the Monarchs.
(1/6) Misericordia 51 Wilkes 50
Dom Del Prete hit a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to propel Misericordia University to a 51-50 win over Wilkes University in day two action at the Wilkes-Barre Challenge hosted by King’s College on Sunday. The loss drops the Colonels to 4-5 overall, while the Cougars improved to 8-3.
Misericordia had the ball with the game tied at 48-48 with less than a minute to play. However, Wilkes’ Anthony Gabriel stepped in front of a Del Prete pass and raced the length of the floor for a score that made it 50-48 with 11 ticks left.
The Cougars inbounded the ball immediately to Marcus Little, who took the ball the length of the floor. He then made a pass back to Del Prete who hit the three-pointer from the right wing to give his team the 51-50 win.
Misericordia jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening three minutes thanks to field goals by Vinny Baumunk and Matt Hornak, and a three-pointer by Ryan Roa.
Wilkes would cut the lead to 9-7 on a Matt Gould three-pointer with 13:59 left in the stanza. But, the Cougars would respond and upped their lead back to seven on a drive by Little that made it 18-11 with 7:07 left in the half.
The Colonels followed with a 9-0 spurt to take their first lead of the afternoon. Matt Gould knocked down a three-pointer and Steve Kline scored inside to trim the gap to 18-16. Tom Kresge would then tie the game at 18-18 with two free throws, and then gave Wilkes the lead with two more charity tosses at the 2:17 mark that made it 20-18. Hornak cashed in a three-pointer with 48 seconds remaining in the stanza to send Misericordia to the locker room with a 21-20 lead.
Wilkes held the lead, albeit a slim one, throughout most of the second half. The Colonels matched their biggest lead of the game when they took a four-point advantage, 44-40, on a steal and lay-up by Gould with 3:06 left.
Baumunk would pull Misericordia to within 44-43 with a three-pointer with 2:59 left. But, Wilkes’ Chris DeRojas answered with a baseline jumper that improved his teams lead to 46-43 at the 2:53 mark. Baumunk would follow with another trifecta that tied the contest at 46-46.
Hornak provided the Cougars with a 48-46 lead when he rebounded a missed shot by Little and scored on the put-back with 1:19 to go. Kresge was then fouled with 0:50 to play and cashed in both charity tosses to set the stage for the final sequence.
Del Prete had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Misericordia. Baumunk chipped in with 10 points.
Kresge, who earned All-Tournament Team honors, paced the Wilkes attack with 13 points and five caroms. Gould, who was also selected to the All-Tournament Team, finished with 12 points, four assists and four steals.
(1/5) Wilkes 84 Tufts 73
Senior guard Matt Gould poured in a career-high 29 points to lead Wilkes University to an 84-73 win over Tufts University in an opening round game at the Wilkes-Barre Challenge hosted by King’s College.
Tufts held a 24-20 lead in the opening half and stretched the advantage to 30-20 on a basket inside by Jake Weitzen with 3:51 left in the stanza.
The Colonels would follow with a 15-0 spurt to end the half to take a 35-30 lead into intermission. Three-pointers by Chris Gulla and Gould cut the Jumbos lead to 30-26 with 2:27 showing on the clock. Gould would follow with two free throws to make it 30-28, before scoring on a drive with 1:48 left to knot the game at 30-30. Gulla put Wilkes ahead for the first time with a field goal at the 1:04 mark and Chris DeRojas nailed a three-pointer with just six ticks left to send the Colonels into halftime with the five-point lead.
Wilkes would never trail in the second half, although Tufts did pull even at 44-44 on a Jeremy Black three-pointer with 15:44 left. The game would stay close and the two teams were still tied at 59-59 with 8:48 remaining.
The Colonels would take the lead for good with an 11-2 run that culminated in a 70-61 advantage with 6:11 to go. DeRojas began the decisive streak with consecutive three-pointers that made it 65-59. After a basket by Tufts’ Tom Selby cut the lead to 65-51, Tom Kresge hit a three-pointer and Gould knocked down a jumper to extend the Wilkes lead to nine points.
The Jumbos clawed back to within four, 74-70, on a pair of Weitzen free throws with 2:25 to play. Gould would cash in two free throws and a drive to make it 78-70 with 1:03 left. A layup by Kresge, a free throw by DeRojas and a pair of charity tosses by Tom Wychock put the game out of reach and made it 83-70 with only 18 seconds to go.
Gould, who went 7-for-11 from the field and converted 13-of-13 free throw attempts, also handed out four assists. Kresge had 17 points and nine rebounds. Steve Kline, who had five caroms, and DeRojas chipped in 12 points apiece, while Gulla popped in 10 tallies.
Tufts was led by Weitzen’s 18 points and six rebounds. Jon Pierce finished with 15 tallies and Black had 11 points and eight assists.
(12/19) Kean 67 Wilkes 52
Kean University jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead and held off a second half Wilkes University rally to earn a 67-52 win in a non-conference men’s basketball game on Wednesday night. The win improved the Cougars to 3-5 overall, while the Colonels saw their record slip to 3-4.
Kean used a 10-1 run early in the contest to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 14-6 lead with 10:57 showing on the clock. Akinwande Oshodi started the spurt with a three-pointer to put the Cougars ahead 7-5. Jonathan Jones would follow with consecutive field goals to extend the lead to 11-5. After a free throws by Wilkes’ Chris Gulla trimmed the lead to 11-6, Oshodi knocked down a jumper and Jones hit a charity toss to give the Cougars an eight-point lead.
After a basket by Tom Kresge pulled Wilkes within 14-8, Kean went on a 13-3 spurt to push their lead into double figures. Oshodi and Keith Williams had five points apiece during the run that resulted in a 27-11 Cougars advantage with 3:11 left before intermission.
Kean would continue to hold their lead and built their biggest advantage of the game, 33-15, on a three-point play by Oshodi just 25 seconds before halftime. Matt Gould would hit two free throws for Wilkes and the Colonels headed into the locker room trailing 33-17 at intermission.
Wilkes trailed by 14 tallies, 41-27, with 13:52 left in the game before embarking on an 11-0 run to close to within three. John Defeo scored down low and Kresge converted a drive to make it 41-31. Steve Kline then scored five straight points to cut the lead to 41-36. A pair of charity tosses by Chris DeRojas made it a 41-38 game with 10:04 left.
The Colonels were unable to regain the lead, but did manage to stay within striking distance. Kean’s lead was still four points, 47-43, after a Defeo field goal with 5:03 remaining. However, that is as close as Wilkes would get thanks to a 13-2 Cougars run that iced the decision.
A field goal by Oshodi and a three-pointer by Levar Tilley extended the lead to 52-43 with 3:54 left. Tilley would then drill another trifecta to up the lead to 55-43 at the 3:08 mark. Two free throws by Kresge put a temporary end to the spurt and made it 55-45 with 2:46 left, but Jonathan Jones answered with a field goal and Oshodi hit a free throw and lay-up to raise the lead to 60-45. Williams then converted down low to make it 62-45.
Oshodi led four Kean players in twin digits with 19 points and six rebounds. Jones popped in 15 points, Williams had 14 tallies, and Tilley contributed 12 points and six assists for the Cougars.
Kline finished the night with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists for Wilkes. The Colonels also received 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds from Kresge, and seven points and seven rebounds from Defeo.
(12/17) Keystone 67 Wilkes 60
Keystone College rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to score a 67-60 non-conference men’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Monday night in the Marts Center.
The Giants improved to 5-3 overall with the victory, while the Colonels suffered their third straight loss after beginning the campaign with three consecutive wins.
Wilkes held a 30-28 lead at intermission and used a 9-0 run to assume a 41-30 advantage with 15:01 left to play. Two field goals by Tom Kresge and one by Matt Gould helped the Colonels stretch their lead to 38-30. Chris DeRojas would follow with a three-pointer that gave Wilkes an 11-point lead.
Wilkes led 46-35 before a three-pointer by Keystone’s Spencer Lunger cut the gap to 46-38. Anthony Gabriel would follow by hitting one-of-two free throws for the Colonels to extend the edge to 47-38 with 11:54 remaining.
The Giants would seize the momentum when Gould was whistled for his fourth foul with 11:19 left to play. Gould then fouled out at the same point when he was assessed a technical foul for disagreeing with the call.
Keystone responded by going on a 14-4 spurt to take a 52-51 lead with 6:03 remaining. Arthur Miller hit one of the two technical fouls and Lunger canned a pair of charity tosses to pull the Giants within 47-41. After Chris Gulla connected on two charity tosses for Wilkes, Charles Edwards scored on a drive and Sherrick Belt converted a traditional three-point play to trim the Colonels lead to 49-46.
Belt would knot the game at 49-49 with a three-pointer at the 6:54 mark. A driving basket by Gulla put Wilkes back on top 51-49 just 22 seconds later. Lunger then knocked down a three-pointer to give the Giants a 52-51 lead.
DeRojas would provide Wilkes with their final lead, 54-52, when he drilled a three-pointer with 5:01 left. However, Keystone scored the next six points to take the lead for good. Gavin Barker and Belt both scored on lay-ups prior to a pair of Lunger free throws that put the Giants ahead, 58-54, with 3:54 showing on the clock.
Gulla pulled the Colonels within 58-56 with a field goal at the 1:40 mark. But, Lunger nailed a three-pointer and Belt hit two free throws with 52 ticks left to up the Keystone lead to 63-56 and put the game out of reach.
Edwards finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead Keystone. Lunger added 19 points, while Belt had 16 tallies and four steals.
DeRojas popped in 14 points and handed out six assists for Wilkes. The Colonels also received 13 points, five rebounds and three assists from Kresge, and 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds from Gulla.
(12/14) Widener 75 Wilkes 55
Widener University bolted out to a 35-16 halftime lead and never looked back on their way to a 75-55 non-conference men’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Friday night in the Marts Center. The Pride improved to 10-1 overall, while the Colonels dropped their second straight game to fall to 3-2 overall.
Wilkes, playing for the first time in nine days, showed signs of rust offensively in the opening five minutes as Widener raced to an 8-0 lead on a three-point field goal by Nyere Miller with 15:30 to play in the stanza.
The Colonels would get a rebound and basket by John Defeo at the 15:00 mark and a field goal inside from Tom Kresge fifty-four seconds later to cut the Pride lead to 8-4. However, Widener rattled off six consecutive points, including four by Clinton Cole, to forge in front 14-4 with 11:26 showing on the clock.
The Pride had a 16-8 lead before they exploded on a 13-2 run to take command for good. Lay-ups by Tracy Jones and Charles Jones extended the lead to 20-8 with 7:47 left in the half. Bobby Edmunds would follow with a three-pointer as Widener built a 23-8 advantage.
Anthony Gabriel scored from in close for Wilkes to put a temporary halt to the spurt and cut the deficit to 23-10 with 7:08 left. Field goals by Cole, Tracy Jones and Matt Sosna gave Widener a 29-10 advantage with 4:18 showing on the clock. The Pride would carry that 19-point lead into halftime.
Wilkes, who shot only 20 percent (5-for-25) from the field in the first half, would never get closer than 14 points in the final half despite shooting 44.8 percent (13-for-29) in the period.
The Colonels pulled within 41-27 with 14:28 left on a Chris DeRojas jumper. Widener answered with a 7-2 spurt to re-establish a 19-point edge, 48-29, on a Branden Washington bucket with 13:05 left.
The only other time Wilkes closed within 14 points came with 3:54 remaining on a rebound and basket by Kresge. Once again the Pride had an answer, scoring the next four points to put the contest away.
Widener had 11 players reach the scoring column. Charles Jones led the way with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Miller, who had five rebounds, and Cole chipped in with 11 tallies each.
Kresge had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals to pace Wilkes offensively. Steve Kline chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
(12/5) William Paterson 77 Wilkes 47
William Paterson University shot a blistering 60 percent from the field en route to a 77-47 non-conference men’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Wednesday night. The victory improved the Pioneers to 5-1 overall, while the Colonels suffered their first loss in four starts.
William Paterson got out of the gates quickly and took a 12-0 lead on a layup by Bobby Dunn with 16:48 remaining in the first half.
Wilkes would continue to claw their way back in the game and cut the 12-point lead in half when Matt Gould canned a pair of free throws to make it 22-16 with 6:37 showing on the clock in the initial stanza.
The Pioneers would follow Gould’s free throws with an 11-3 run to end the first half. Joey Spiegel keyed the spurt with five points and helped William Paterson head into halftime with a 33-19 edge.
Spiegel and Wilkes’ Chris Gulla would trade three-pointers to begin the second half and set the score at 36-22. But, William Paterson would embark on a decisive 13-2 run that put the game out of reach.
Abdoulaye Ouedraogo started the run with a field goal that made it 38-22. Jason Cameron would knock down a three-pointer and Al-Basser Holloway hit two charity tosses to up the Pioneers lead to 43-22. Ouedraogo scored on consecutive possessions to extend the lead to 47-22. After the Colonels Tom Kresge nailed two free throws to cut the gap to 47-24, Ouedraogo scored inside to make it 49-24 with 14:42 left. Wilkes was unable to get any closer than 23 points the rest of the way.
William Paterson ended the night hitting 30-of-50 shots from the field, including 8-of-15 shots from three-point range. Wilkes was successful on 14-of-42 field goal tries and canned 7-of-20 three-point attempts.
Spiegel finished the night with 19 points and six assists, and Ouedraogo contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace the William Paterson attack.
Chris DeRojas was the lone Wilkes player to reach double-figures, tossing in 19 tallies. Kresge was the next best bet for the Colonels with nine points.
(11/28) Wilkes 74 Susquehanna 72 (ot)
Steve Kline scored inside with 0.2 seconds to play to lead Wilkes University to a thrilling 74-72 overtime win over Susquehanna University in a non-conference men’s basketball game on Wednesday night in the Marts Center.
The win improved the Colonels to 3-0 overall this season. Wilkes will be idle until next Wednesday when they visit William Paterson for an 8:00 p.m. tilt. The Crusaders slipped to 3-2 overall.
Chris Gulla forced the overtime period for the Colonels by scoring on a drive with just one tick left in regulation to knot the game at 65-65.
In the extra session Susquehanna took a 67-65 lead at the 3:31 mark when Joel Patch scored off an assist from Brad Okonak. Wilkes would tie the game when John Defeo grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to make it 67-67. Defeo was fouled on the next possession for the Colonels and hit a pair of free throws to give his team a 69-67 lead with 2:40 left.
Susquehanna wasn’t able to convert on their next possession and Matt Gould was fouled with 2:12 left. He sank both charity tosses to extend the Wilkes lead to 71-67. However, Kevin Cuff drilled a three-pointer with 1:04 left to cut the deficit to 71-70. After Gould hit one-of-two free throws with 35 seconds remaining to make it a 72-70 game, Hunter McKain scored inside with 19 seconds left to tie the game at 72-72.
Wilkes would play for the final shot and got the ball down low to Kline. Kline was able to slide through his defender and lay the ball in to put the Colonels on top 74-72 with less than a second left. Susquehanna was unable to get a shot off and Wilkes was able to keep their unbeaten streak in tact.
Susquehanna, who led 33-29 at intermission, used 10 straight points by Josh Robinson to take a 58-53 lead with 5:19 to play in the second half. The Crusaders still led by five, 63-58 on a three-pointer by Okonak with 2:43 to play. But, Wilkes would respond by out-scoring the Crusaders 7-2 down the stretch to force the additional five minutes.
Gulla hit two free throws to make it 63-60 with 2:10 left. The sophomore was fouled again on the Colonels next trip down the floor and converted one-of-two tries to trim the deficit to 63-61 with 1:24 remaining. After a defensive stop, Tom Kresge was fouled on the rebound and calmly sank both free throws with 55 seconds left to tie the contest at 63-63. Bryan Majors picked up an offensive rebound for Susquehanna and was fouled with 19 seconds to play. He would cash in both free throws to give his team a 65-63 lead and set the stage for Gulla’s heroics that sent the game to overtime.
Wilkes had five players score in double-figures, including Gulla, who had a career-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds. Kresge finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Kline, who had six boards, and Gould had 12 points apiece, while Anthony Gabriel chipped in with 11 tallies.
Robinson popped in a game-high 22 points to lead three Susquehanna players in twin digits. Majors contributed 12 points and Cuff had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Crusaders also received nine points and 11 rebounds from Patch.
(11/24) Wilkes 90 Hunter 72
Wilkes University used a balanced offensive attack to notch a 90-72 non-conference men’s basketball win over Hunter College on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center. The win improved the Colonels to 2-0 overall, while the Hawks saw their overall mark slip to 1-3.
The two teams would battle on even terms throughout the opening 10 minutes of the game and were tied at 18-18. Chris Gulla connected on a three-pointer at the 8:40 mark to put Wilkes on top for good, 21-18. The Colonels would stretch their lead to ten points, 36-26, on a three-point field goal by Chris DeRojas with 2:11 to play in the stanza, before eventually settling for a 37-29 lead at intermission.
Hunter still trailed by ten, 56-46, before going on an 8-2 run to trim the lead to just four. Bobby Kiernan hit a jumper and Malcolm Kelly scored on a fast break to make it 56-50. After a pair of Anthony Gabriel free throws upped the Wilkes lead to 58-50, Kelly knocked down a jumper and scored on a drive to pull the Hawks to within 58-54 with 11:22 to play.
The Wilkes lead was only five points, 64-59, with just under eight minutes to play before a 19-7 spurt put the game away. Tom Kresge and DeRojas both scored from in close to give the Colonels a 68-59 lead. However, Michael Dodd drilled a three-pointer for Hunter to cut the gap to 68-62.
Steve Kline cashed in a traditional three-point play to stake Wilkes to a 71-62 lead. Gabriel followed with a field goal that make it 73-62 at the 6:02 mark. Joseph DeLuca hit a jumper and Kiernan added a pair of charity tossed to help Hunter close to within 73-66 with 4:49 showing on the clock.
The Colonels would ice the decision by rattling off ten straight points to take an 83-66 lead with 1:41 left to play. Kline hit a free throw and a baseline jumper to push the edge to 76-66. A lay-up by Kresge and a three-pointer by Kline gave Wilkes an 81-66 lead. Matt Gould would then hit two free throws with 1:41 remaining to advance the lead to 83-66.
Wilkes shot 50.8 percent from the field in the game after making 32-of-63 field goal tries. Hunter shot 39.4 percent from the field and converted 28-of-71 field goal attempts. The Hawks were also out-rebounded by a 47-32 margin.
Kline had 19 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and five blocks to pace four Wilkes players in twin digits. DeRojas also had 19 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Kresge popped in 18 points and snagged 10 rebounds, while Gabriel had 11 points. Gould, who ended the night with nine points, dished out a team-leading seven assists.
Kiernan, who had seven assists, and Kelly shared team-high honors for Hunter with 15 points. DeLuca contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
(11/19) Wilkes 83 Baptist Bible 70
Wilkes University placed five players in doubles figures en route to an 83-70 win over Baptist Bible College in the men’s basketball opener for the Colonels on Monday night in the Marts Center. The loss dropped the Defenders to 1-2 overall.