WilkesUniversity will head in to the Freedom Conference
men’s basketball playoffs on a high note after they posted a 70-55 win at Drew University in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday. The Colonels improve their overall record to 12-9 and up their conference mark to 9-5, while Drew concludes their season with an overall record of 9-16 and a conference record of 4-10.
Wilkes will enter the playoffs as the number-three seed and will travel to second-seeded King’s College for a semifinal game on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. Top-seeded Scranton will host fourth-seeded LycomingCollege in Wednesday’s other semifinal game. The two winners will meet next Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed for the conference title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship.
Drew held a 22-21 lead with 5:33 remaining in the first half following a basket by Damon DiLorenzo. However, Wilkes would end the half on a 12-2 run to take the lead for good. After Greg Cardamone hit a free throw to knot the game at 22-22, Chris Shovlin and Matt Gould converted consecutive field goals to put the Colonels on top, 26-22. Michael Constantine would score the final seven points of the half for Wilkes, all seven of which came from the free throw line, to give the Colonels a 33-24 lead at intermission.
The nine point lead was still intact, 43-34, with just over 13 minutes to play in the contest. Constantine then sparked a 7-0 Wilkes spurt with a three-pointer and another field goal to extend the lead to 50-34 at the 11:52 mark. The Rangers would not crawl to within single figures again.
Constantine had a game-high 19 points to lead three Wilkes players in double figures. Shovlin contributed 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Evan Walters finished with a double-double after popping in 17 points and snagging 11 rebounds.
Sam Taub was the only Drew player to hit twin digits. He concluded the afternoon with 12 points and six rebounds.
(2/14) King's 69 Wilkes 66
King’s College took a 14-point halftime lead and then withstood a furious WilkesUniversity rally to post a 69-66 Freedom Conference victory on Tuesday night in Scandlon Gymnasium. The Monarchs improve to 15-8 overall and 9-3 in the conference, while the Colonels slip to 12-9 overall and 8-5 in conference play.
With the victory King’s remains a half-game behind conference leader Scranton. The Royals earned an 82-79 win over Lycoming to run their record to 10-3 in the conference. Wilkes and Lycoming remain in a tie for the third spot at 8-5, while DeSales sits one-game back at 7-6.
King’s used some hot three-point shooting to jump out to an early lead. Thomas Moore opened the scoring with a three-pointer to put the Monarchs ahead 3-0. After Evan Walters hit a free throw to put Wilkes on the board, Kofi Dwebeng and Jamie Cousart connected on three-pointers to extend the King’s advantage to 9-1 with 16:34 left in the opening half.
Wilkes would claw its way back to within 14-10 on a three-pointer by Chris Shovlin with 12:24 left in the stanza. The Monarchs held a 22-15 lead with just over eight minutes left in the half before a brief 6-0 run gave them a 28-15 lead with 7:07 on the clock. John Soboleski scored four points for King’s during the spurt, while Vince Scalzo added a bucket.
The Colonels once again closed to within single digits, 30-22, on a pair of free throws by John Sclafani at the 5:33 mark. But, King’s would again stretch the lead thanks to a 12-6 run to end the half on their way to a 42-28 lead at intermission.
Wilkes would trim the lead to 44-36 with 16:55 left in the game on back-to-back three-point plays by Walters and Michael Constantine. Then, after the Monarchs went ahead 53-44 on a rebound and basket by Cousart at the 13:41 mark, Walters hit a jumper and Dan Adams scored on a field goal and free throw to pull the Colonels within 53-49 with 11:30 remaining.
Welsh answered for King’s with a three-pointer and Cousart scored on a drive to push the lead to 58-49 with 9:35 left. The Monarchs would eventually regain a double digit lead, 63-53, on a Cousart free throw with 6:25 remaining.
Behind once again Wilkes would put together a spurt to rally and close the gap. Shovlin scored off a steal and then hit two charity tosses to cut the deficit to 63-57. After Constantine hit one-of-two from the free throw line, Shovlin converted both ends of a one-and-one to make it 63-60 with 4:03 left.
Soboleski would make it 65-60 when he scored inside for King’s, but the Colonels Steve Kline answered with a field goal to make it 65-62. Cousart would nail two free throws at the 1:58 mark, but a basket by Shovlin again pulled Wilkes within three, 67-64 with 54 ticks left.
Cousart was fouled with 21 seconds left and hit one free throw to extend the lead to 68-64. Sclafani would score on a drive just six seconds later to make it 68-66. After Wilkes called a timeout, King’s turned the ball over on the inbounds pass. Sclafani had an opportunity to put Wilkes ahead, but his three-pointer from the corner was off the mark. Dwebeng rebounded for the Monarchs and hit one free throw with a second left to make it 69-66 and put the game away.
Welsh led King’s with 14 points and six rebounds. Cousart added 13 tallies, seven boards and five assists. Soboleski chipped in with 12 points, three assists and three steals.
Shovlin cashed in a game-high 17 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Walters had 12 points and blocked eight shots, while Constantine added 11 tallies.
(2/11) Wilkes 88 FDU-Florham 61
WilkesUniversity raced out to a 12-point halftime lead and never looked back in notching an 88-61 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over FDU-Florham on Saturday afternoon in the MartsCenter.
The Colonels, who snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory, improve to 12-8 overall and 8-4 in conference play. FDU-Florham sees their records slip to 5-18 overall and 2-10 in the conference.
Wilkes would jump out to a 7-5 lead early in the contest. The Colonels then went on a 10-2 run to assume a 17-7 advantage. Greg Cardamone and Evan Walters converted consecutive field goals to up the lead to 11-5. A three-pointer by Drew Amoroso extended the gap to 14-5. After Pierre Schmitt canned a jumper for the Devils, Michael Constantine drained a three-pointer to make it 17-7 with 14:58 left in the opening half.
FDU-Florham would close the gap to 24-18 with 8:39 showing on the clock on a three-pointer by Andrew Biancosino. Wilkes would again stretch the lead to double-figures on a Constantine basket that made it 33-23 with 5:11 left in the half.
The Colonels held their biggest lead of the opening stanza following a Constantine three-pointer that made it 40-25 with 1:17 to go. A three-pointer by FDU-Florham’s Cody Chalmers at the 59 second mark would close out the first half scoring and Wilkes held a 40-28 lead at intermission.
John Sclafani would, for all intents and purposes, put the game away for Wilkes in the opening three minutes of the second half. The senior guard came up with a steal and layup to make it 42-28. He then knocked down a three-pointer to up the margin to 45-28. Sclafani would then cap his personal 7-0 run by hitting two free throws at the 17:19 mark that made it 47-28.
FDU-Florham would close to within 47-33 at the 16:47 mark on a pair of Brian Dillon charity tosses. But, that is as close as the Devils would get. The Colonels gradually built on their lead and took their largest advantage, 81-50 on a Sclafani three-pointer with 3:57 showing on the clock.
Constantine led five Wilkes players in double-figures with 16 points. Sclafani enjoyed a solid outing with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. Cardamone had a career-high 14 points, while also contributing six rebounds. Dan Adams added 11 points and six boards, while Evan Walters finished the day with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.
FDU-Florham was led by Pierre Schmitt’s 12 points and six rebounds. Both James McClendon and Ryan McPherson had 10 tallies.
(2/8) Scranton 65 Wilkes 62
The University of Scranton used a 16-3 second half spurt to fend off WilkesUniversity and post a 65-52 Freedom Conference men’s basketball victory on Wednesday night. The win improves the Royals to 16-6 overall and 8-3 in the conference, while Wilkes falls to 11-8 overall and 7-4 in conference play.
Scranton, which led 36-33 at halftime, held a 46-42 advantage with just over 10 minutes left to go in the game before embarking on their decisive run.
Darren Cannon cashed in a three-pointer and a free throw to up the Royals lead to 50-42 at the 9:45 mark. Bill Burke followed with two charity tosses and a basket inside to provide Scranton with a 54-42 advantage at the 7:52 mark.
Michael Constantine scored on a drive and Matt Gould hit one-of-two free throws for Wilkes to cut the Colonels deficit to 54-45 at the 6:00 mark. However, Burke canned two free throws to ignite a string of eight straight Scranton points that provided the Royals with a 62-45 lead with only 1:47 remaining.
Scranton opened up a 17-9 lead on a three-pointer by Ryan Kirk with 11:57 left in the opening half. Back-to-back three-pointers by Constantine and Jeremy Kable helped Wilkes close to within 17-15 at the 9:31 mark.
Later in the half the Colonels would score nine unanswered points to take their biggest lead of the game. Trailing 24-20, Kable scored on a steal and layup and Constantine knocked down a trifecta to give Wilkes a 25-24 lead. Evan Walters would score inside for the Colonels and Steve Kline added a bucket in close to push the lead to 29-24.
A four-point play by Constantine at the 1:57 mark of the first stanza made it 33-28 Wilkes. Scranton responded by scoring the final eight points of the half, including a three-pointer by Kirk with four seconds left to take a three-point lead into the halftime locker room.
Cannon had 15 points to lead three Scranton players in double-figures. Tom Bicknell added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Burke came off the bench to cash in 12 points and six boards.
Wilkes was led by Constantine’s 15 points and three assists. Kline contributed 10 points and had a team-leading eight rebounds.
(2/4) Delaware Valley 93 Wilkes 84
Delaware Valley College knocked visiting Wilkes University out of a share of first place in the Freedom Conference with a 93-84 win over the Colonels on Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies improve to 5-16 overall and 2-8 in the conference with the victory. Wilkes, which suffered its third consecutive setback, slides to 11-7 overall and 7-3 in the conference. King’s won their game at DeSales on Saturday to improve to 8-2 in conference play and take a one-game lead over both Wilkes and Scranton with four conference games remaining.
Delaware Valley held the lead throughout most of the contest and built a 14-point advantage, 36-22, on a pair of free throws by Dominique Brown with 7:20 left in the first half.
Wilkes would answer the call with a 16-3 run that pulled them to within a point. Chris Shovlin hit two free throws and Matt Gould and Evan Walters each converted field goals to cut the Aggies’ lead to 36-28 with 6:00 left in the stanza. Gould would then cash in a pair of charity tosses to close the deficit to 36-30 with 5:15 left.
After a three-pointer by Isaiah Pinckney pushed the Delaware Valley lead to 39-30 at the 3:34 mark, Steve Kline converted a traditional three-point play to make it 39-33. John Sclafani would follow with a long-range three and Kline would hit two more from the free throw stripe to make it 39-38 with 2:15 showing on the clock.
Delaware Valley would not wilt however, and the Aggies put together a modest 7-3 spurt to end the half and take a 46-41 lead into intermission.
Wilkes trailed 54-51 after Michael Constantine drilled a three-pointer early in the second period. But, the Aggies rattled off seven straight points, including a three-pointer by Ryan Walsh that extended the lead to 61-51 with 14:15 left.
Behind the shooting of Constantine Wilkes would embark on a 12-4 run to once again get within striking distance. Shovlin started the run with a three to make it 61-54. After Maurice Slaughter hit one free throw for Delaware Valley, Constantine drilled consecutive triples to cut the lead to 62-60. Bill Gelsomini hit a three for Delaware Valley on their next possession, but Constantine answered with his third straight bomb to make it 65-63 with 9:55 left.
Delaware Valley was able to withstand the Wilkes run and did not relinquish the lead. A three-point play by Kline with 2:39 left pulled the Colonels within 79-75. The Aggies followed with a 5-1 run to extend the lead to 84-76. Wilkes would close to within 88-84 on a pair of free throws by Shovlin with 23 ticks left, but the Aggies closed the game by hitting five-of-six from the free throw line to pull away.
Pinckney had 26 points and four assists to pace the Delaware Valley attack. Brown and Gelsomini chipped in with 13 points apiece, while Taylor added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Shovlin had 20 points and nine assists for Wilkes. Kline finished with 17 points and Constantine had 15 points and hit five three-pointers. Walters was also in twin digits with 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
(2/1) Lycoming 77 Wilkes 69
Senior Jonathan Pribble connected for eight three-point field goals and scored 40 points to help Lycoming College overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and post a 77-69 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Wednesday night in the Marts Center. Lycoming improves to 11-9 overall and 5-4 in conference play. The Colonels suffered their second consecutive conference loss to fall to 11-6 overall and 7-2 in conference play.
Wilkes would use a 14-2 run midway through the first half to jump out to a 14-point advantage. Leading 11-10, Chris Shovlin hit one free throw, Evan Walters hit a pair of charity tosses and Jeremy Kable knocked down a three-pointer to extend the Colonels lead to 17-10 with 11:09 left. Greg Sye would temporarily end the Wilkes spurt with a basket inside that cut the lead to 17-12.
Kable would begin a string of eight straight points during the rally with another three-pointer that made it 20-12. Michael Constantine then drilled a long-range shot to push the lead to 23-12. A basket inside by Steve Kline at the 9:03 mark gave Wilkes a 25-12 lead.
Lycoming would cut the lead to 32-27 on a three-pointer by Kevin Morris with 1:48 remaining in the stanza. But, Wilkes would put the final points of the half on the board when Constantine canned another trifecta to give the Colonels a 35-27 lead at intermission.
Pribble, who was just 3-of-9 from the field and 1-of-4 from three-point range in the first half, scored 28 of his points in the second period to rally the Warriors.
A couple of free throws by Shovlin with 15:54 left kept Wilkes on top, 40-33. A three-pointer by Patrick Baylor and a Pribble steal and layup pulled Lycoming within 40-38. The Warriors would tie the game at 42-42 on a basket inside by Sye. Wilkes quickly regained the advantage when Constantine delivered another three-pointer at the 12:46 mark to put his team ahead 45-42.
With the game tied at 51-51, Pribble cashed in consecutive three-pointers to give the Warriors the lead for good, 57-51 with 9:40 showing on the clock. A Shovlin charity toss closed the gap to 57-52. But, Sye hit one free throw and Baylor scored inside to extend the Lycoming lead to 60-52 with 7:13 left.
The Warriors built the lead to 71-61 on a Sye basket with 2:26 left before Wilkes got back-to-back three’s by Matt Gould and Kline to get to within 71-67 with 1:27 left. Once again Pribble answered for the Lycoming, hitting a long three with 54 seconds left to give the Warriors a 74-67 lead and end any hopes of a Colonels comeback.
Pribble, who also had six steals, was joined in double-figures by Sye who had 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Constantine hit on 6-of-9 shots from the field and 5-of-8 three-pointers to finish with 17 points for Wilkes. Kline came off the bench to contribute 13 points and 10 rebounds. Shovlin contributed 10 tallies.
(1/28) DeSales 85 Wilkes 74
DeSales University placed four players in double-figures to hand Wilkes University their first Freedom Conference men’s basketball loss of the season, 85-74 in the Marts Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonels, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped, fall to 11-5 overall and 7-1 in conference play. Wilkes still managed to maintain their one-game lead in the conference thanks to Drew University’s win over the University of Scranton on Saturday. DeSales sees their records improve to 12-5 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
DeSales raced out to a 15-4 lead just five minutes into the game. Drew Christman and Sedale Walton had six points each during the opening run. However, Wilkes would respond by putting together a 12-2 run of their own to cut the lead to 17-16 at the 12:48 mark on a basket inside by Evan Walters. Chris Shovlin keyed the Wilkes rally by scoring eight points during the span.
The lead would exchange hands four times before the Bulldogs went on a 13-3 run to take a 38-29 lead with 4:46 left in the half. Once again, Wilkes would respond and cut the deficit to just three points, 48-45, at halftime on a Michael Constantine three-pointer with four seconds left in the stanza.
The second half was nip and tuck, with five lead changes and four ties. A basket by Shovlin with 3:05 left tied the game for the final time, 71-71. But, DeSales would rattle off eight consecutive points to pull away for the victory.
Phil Stricker scored inside to start the decisive spurt and give the Bulldogs a 73-71 lead with 2:36 left. After Wilkes was unable to convert on their next possession, Drew Christman hit two free throws and then came up with an offensive rebound and basket to push the lead to 77-71 with 1:02 left. Walton would add to the lead with 36 ticks remaining when he cashed in two free throws to push the DeSales advantage to 79-71. Wilkes cut the lead to five, 79-74, on a Constantine three-pointer with 31 seconds left, but the Bulldogs hit six straight free throws down the stretch to keep the Colonels at bay.
DeSales held a 32-26 edge in rebounding in the game, while also gaining a big advantage on the free throw line. The Bulldogs hit 29-of-33 charity tosses, while Wilkes was just 13-of-18 from the line. The Colonels did manage to hit 26 field goals, compared to only 23 by DeSales.
Walton had 20 points and four assists to pace the DeSales attack. Chrisman added 17 points. Eddie Ohlson finished with 13 points and four assists and Jamie McCloskey had 10 points.
Shovlin had a game-high 30 points, while also contributing five assists and four steals for Wilkes. Constantine ended the afternoon with 18 points and three assists.
(1/25) Wilkes 55 FDU-Florham 43
The Wilkes University men’s basketball team relied on their defense to remain undefeated in Freedom Conference play with a 55-43 road win at FDU-Florham on Wednesday night. The Colonels improved to 11-4 overall and 7-0 in the Freedom Conference. FDU-Florham slips to 4-14 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
Wilkes has turned up the heat defensively during their five-game winning streak. The win over FDU-Florham marked the fifth straight game in which the Colonels have held an opponent to less than 60 points. The Devils shot just 18.2 percent from the field in the game as they hit only 10-of-55 field goal tries.
Wilkes fell behind 8-4 early on before rattling off 10 consecutive points to assume a 14-8 lead midway through the first half. Michael Constantine hit a three-pointer to start the run and cut the lead to 8-7. He then scored on a drive to give the Colonels a 9-8 lead. Matt Gould cashed in a three-pointer and Dan Adams scored inside to cap the Wilkes spurt.
FDU-Florham would answer with seven straight points of their own to jump on top 15-14 with 7:51 left in the stanza. The Devils did most of their damage from the free throw line, hitting 5-of-8 during the string. The only field goal during that span came on a drive by Matt Cushing.
The team’s were tied at 20-20 with under three minutes left. David Goode broke the tie for Wilkes with a baseline jumper and Jeremy Kable added a 15-footer to make I 24-20 with just over a minute remaining in the period. Brian Rimol hit one free throw with 39 seconds left to pull FDU-Florham within 24-21 at intermission.
Neither team was able to get on track offensively in the first 20 minutes. Wilkes shot just 29 percent from the field, hitting 9-of-31 shot attempts. FDU-Florham, meanwhile, shot just 17.9 percent from the field. The Devils were successful on 5-of-28 shots, including just 2-of-13 from three-point range.
The Colonels would take a six-point lead on a Chris Shovlin drive that made it 30-24 with 16:21 left in the game. The Devils would respond to cut the lead to 34-32 on a free throw by Brian Dillon with 9:55 showing on the clock.
Wilkes would finally find their range from the perimeter during an 11-0 run that gave them their biggest lead of the night. Shovlin fired in a three-pointer, followed by a driving basket by Kable that provided the Colonels with a 39-32 lead with 7:48 left. Shovlin and Kable would hit back-to-back three-pointers to extend the lead to 45-32 with 6:09 left.
FDU-Florham answered with a three-pointer by Dillon and one free throw apiece by Frank Emslie and Rimol to pull to within 45-37 with 4:25 showing on the clock. But, Steve Kline scored on a reverse lay-up with 2:44 left to put the lead back to double digits, 47-37.
Shovlin was the game’s only player to reach double-figures, cashing in 16 points and coming up with four steals. Constantine chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds for the Colonels.
Michael Constantine pumped in 19 points to lead four Wilkes University players in double-figures as the Colonels remained unbeaten in Freedom Conference men’s basketball play with a 78-59 win over Drew University on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center.
Wilkes improved to 10-4 overall and 6-0 in conference action. The Colonels also extended their winning streak to four straight. Drew sees their records fall to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
An 8-0 run midway through the first half gave Wilkes a 10-point lead for the first time. Constantine started the spurt with a steal and lay-up to make it 11-7. After Matt Gould hit a free throw for the Colonels, Jeremy Kable picked off a pass and converted it into a basket to up the advantage to 14-7. A free throw by Evan Walters and two charity tosses by Chris Shovlin at the 11:37 mark put Wilkes ahead 17-7.
The lead would grow to 12 points on several occasions in the first half, including 36-24 on a Steve Kline jumper with 3:52 remaining. Drew would use a modest 6-2 advantage in the closing minutes to cut the lead to 38-30 at halftime.
Wilkes opened the second half by out-scoring Drew 12-2 to assume command for good. Shovlin hit a pair of field goals and Greg Cardamone scored off an Evan Walters assist to give the Colonels a 44-30 lead. Damon DiLorenzo put a temporary end to the run with basket that cut the lead to 44-32. But, Shovlin and Constantine hit back-to-back three’s to extend the lead to 50-32 with 16:54 left.
Drew would make one more run at the Colonels, closing to within 64-54 on a basket by Chris Lopez with nine minutes left. Wilkes would answer with eight of the next nine points, including four by Kable and two apiece by Shovlin and Walters, to forge in front 72-55 with 4:35 left. The Rangers would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
Constantine, who hit four three-pointers, was joined in double-figures by three other Colonels. Shovlin had 17 points and five assists. Kable had a career-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Steve Kline contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
Lopez was the only Drew player to reach twin digits. He cashed in 17 points and had five rebounds.
(1/18) Wilkes 64 Lycoming 52
Chris Shovlin scored a game-high 19 points to help Wilkes University remain unbeaten in Freedom Conference men’s basketball play with a 64-52 win over Lycoming College on Wednesday night in Lamade Gym. The Colonels run their overall record to 9-4 and improve to 5-0 in the conference. The Warriors slide to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
The game was close throughout the first half with neither team able to gain a sizeable advantage. Wilkes got out to a 7-2 lead with the help of five points by Chris Shovlin. Lycoming would get a three-pointer form Kevin Morris and two points apiece from Jonathan Pribble and Patrick Baylor to forge in front 9-7 at the 12:24 mark.
Trailing 12-9 later in the stanza, the Colonels Jeremy Kable came off the bench to ignite a 7-0 run with a pair of three-pointers as Wilkes assumed a 16-12 lead with under ten minutes left in the period.
Lycoming would hold their final lead of the first half following a pair of Pribble free throws that gave the Warriors a 27-26 advantage. Dan Adams responded with a bucket inside for the Colonels late in the half to put Wilkes on top 28-27 at intermission.
The Colonels would open the second half by out-scoring Lycoming 11-0 to take a double-figure lead, 39-27. Evan Walters converted a missed shot into a field goal and Greg Cardamone scored off an assist from Shovlin to give Wilkes a 32-27 lead. Shovlin then nailed a three-pointer and scored on a drive to extend the lead to 37-27. Michael Constantine finished off the spurt with two free throws that made it 39-27 with 13:29 remaining.
Lycoming would climb back into the game with a 6-0 run that featured four points by Pribble. That string of points would cut the Wilkes lead to 39-33 with 11:33 left.
The Warriors would close to within two points on three different occasions. The final time came with 8:01 left when Shawn Harper scored on a drive to make it 47-45. But, Wilkes immediately responded with seven unanswered points to regain control. Shovlin scored on a drive, Constantine hit a three from the corner, and Steve Kline cashed in two free throws to up the lead to nine points, 54-45 with 6:23 left.
Lycoming would pare the lead to six on two occasions. The final time came with 3:43 remaining when Greg Sye scored to make it 56-50. Wilkes would then put the game away with eight straight points, including five by Constantine to take a 64-50 lead.
Shovlin also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals to go along with his 19 tallies. Constantine was also in twin digits with 10 points.
Morris had 15 points, three assists and three steals for Lycoming. The Warriors also got 14 points and six rebounds from Pribble.
(1/14) Wilkes 89 Delaware Valley 42
Wilkes University used a balanced attack that saw six players reach twin digits as they routed Delaware Valley College, 89-42, in a Freedom Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center. The win improves the Colonels to 8-4 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while the Aggies slide to 4-10 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
Wilkes senior center Evan Walters reached a career milestone in the victory. Walters blocked four shots to become the all-time leader in blocked shots at Wilkes. He ended the day with 187 blocks, one better than the 186 blocks registered by John Zapko from 1975-79.
The Colonels used a 13-2 run midway through the opening half to take command. Wilkes led 15-14 before Jeremy Kable scored eight straight points, including a pair of three-pointers, to extend the lead to 23-14 at the 10:18 mark. After a basket by the Aggies Dominique Brown cut the gap to 23-16, Chris Shovlin knocked down a three-pointer to make it 26-16. Shovlin would cap the run with a jumper in the lane that gave Wilkes a 28-16 edge with 8:04 showing on the clock.
Wilkes maintained their double-figure lead and held a 40-26 advantage at intermission. They would dispel any notions of a Delaware Valley comeback by out-scoring the Aggies 11-2 in the opening 4:21 of the second half. A pair of Walters field goals and a jumper by Matt Gould gave the Colonels a 46-26 lead just 1:43 into the period.
Isaiah Pinckney would put a temporary end to the run for Delaware Valley with a 15-foot jumper that cut the lead to 46-28. However, Gould hit one free throw, Walters scored inside and Shovlin converted a fast break basket to push the lead to 51-28.
Wilkes would continue to add to their lead throughout the remainder of the second half. The Colonels, who placed all 12 players that dressed for the game in the scoring column, shot an impressive 69.2 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. Wilkes also held Delaware Valley to only 16 points in the final half and limited the Aggies to just 24.1 percent shooting from the field.
Kable had 14 points to lead Wilkes in scoring. Shovlin added 13 points and six assists. Walters had 12 points, five rebounds and the four blocked shots. Michael Constantine and David Goode contributed 11 points each for the Colonels, while Steve Kline finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Brown was the only Delaware Valley player to reach twin digits. He finished with 14 points.
(1/11) Wilkes 64 Scranton 58
Michael Constantine connected on a decisive three-point field goal late in the game to key Wilkes University’s 64-58 Freedom Conference men’s basketball win over the University of Scranton on Wednesday night in the Marts Center.
The win improves Wilkes to 7-4 overall and puts them in sole possession of first-place in the Freedom Conference with a 3-0 mark. Scranton, which fell to 2-1 in the conference, is now 9-4 overall.
Randy Arnold canned a jumper for Scranton with 1:53 remaining to pull his team within 56-54. The Royals had an opportunity to tie the game but committed a turnover with 1:08 left that gave the ball back to Wilkes. The Colonels took advantage of the possession when Chris Shovlin penetrated and dished a pass to Constantine, who hit the bottom of the net with his three-point attempt to give Wilkes a 59-54 lead with 0:47 left.
Arnold would hit one-of-two from the charity stripe just six seconds later to close the gap to 59-55. But, two Shovlin free throws with 0:40 left upped the Colonels lead to 61-55 and put the game out of reach.
Wilkes started quickly and took a 13-5 lead just 4:10 into the opening half. Shovlin had seven points during the streak, while Evan Walters chipped in with four tallies.
The Colonels held a 17-11 lead later in the half before Scranton embarked on an 8-0 run to assume a 19-11 edge. Paul Hawk, Bill Burke, Arnold and Paul Biagioli each had two points during the Royals spurt.
Scranton had a 29-28 lead late in the half before Wilkes scored the final four points of the stanza. Jeremy Kable hit two free throw attempts and Shovlin scored on a drive to give the Colonels a 32-29 lead at intermission.
Wilkes, which never trailed in the final 20 minutes, threatened to pull away early in the second half. Shovlin cashed in five points during a 7-0 Colonels run that resulted in a 43-34 lead with 14:50 left in the game. Scranton, however, would not allow Wilkes to extend the nine-point lead any further.
Trailing 52-44 with less than seven minutes remaining, the Royals began to chip away at the Colonels lead. Four straight free throws by Arnold pulled Scranton within 52-48 with 4:58 left. One free throw each by Walters and Constantine and a basket by the Royals’ James Powell pushed the score to 54-50 with 3:22 showing on the clock. After Burke made it 54-52 with two charity tosses at the 3:09 mark, Greg Cardamone scored off a Constantine assist for Wilkes to make it 56-52 with 2:16 left.
Shovlin had 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead three Wilkes players in double-figures. Walters finished with a double-double after tallying 19 points and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Constantine was also in twin digits with 13 counters.
Arnold was the lone Scranton player to reach double-figures. He finished with a game-high 26 points. Nick Alfier chipped in with eight points for the Royals.
(1/8) Susquehanna 81 Wilkes 79 (ot)
Matt Effler’s basket inside with 4.8 seconds remaining lifted Susquehanna University to an 81-79 overtime win over Wilkes University in day two action at the Wilkes-Barre Challenge on Sunday afternoon in the Marts Center. Susquehanna improves to 4-9 with the victory, while Wilkes suffered their third straight loss to fall to 6-4.
Steve Kline hit a pair of free throws for Wilkes with ten seconds left in regulation to give the Colonels a 73-70 lead. But, Zac Smith answered for Susquehanna with a three-pointer with just two seconds left to knot the game at 73-73 and force the extra session.
Dan Adams gave the Colonels a 75-73 lead with a basket inside just eight seconds into overtime. It would stay that way until the 2:45 mark when Okonak scored on an offensive rebound to tie the contest. A bucket inside by Effler with 1:30 remaining gave the Crusaders a 77-75 advantage. Wilkes’ Chris Shovlin would force another tie when he knocked down a jumper to make it 77-77 with 1:10 showing on the clock.
Susquehanna would run the shot clock down on their next possession before Okonak found room inside and scored to put the Crusaders on top 79-77 with 36 ticks left. Just 13 seconds later, Evan Walters scored inside for Wilkes off a Shovlin assist to tie the game for the final time at 79-79. After Effler scored to give Susquehanna the lead, Wilkes had one final opportunity, but Shovlin’s three-pointer as time expired was off the mark.
Wilkes battled back from an early seven-point deficit to take a 35-29 lead on a Shovlin drive with 1:24 left in the opening half. However, Susquehanna would end the stanza on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 35-35 heading into halftime. Okonak had four points during the spurt, while Joel Patch added a layup at the buzzer to even the count.
The Colonels would put together a 12-4 spurt midway through the second half to take their biggest lead of the game, 60-52, on a Steve Kline basket with 9:46 left.
Susquehanna responded by out-scoring Wilkes 16-2 over the next 4:45 to take a 66-62 lead on an Effler field goal with 5:01 left. After Walters hit one free throw for Wilkes to make it 66-63, Sean Ulichny knocked down a shot to give the Crusaders their biggest edge of the halft, 68-63, with 3:32 remaining.
John Sclafani hit a three-pointer for Wilkes and Susquehanna’s Chad Cohle dropped in two charity tosses to push the score to 70-66 with 2:01 to play. A three-pointer by Michael Constantine and driving basket by Shovlin provided the Colonels with a 71-70 lead with 52 seconds left. Kline’s two free throws made it 73-70, before the three-pointer by Smith sent the game into overtime.
Effler, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Okonak, who finished with 15 tallies, were named to the All-Tournament Team. Ulichny contributed 10 points and seven rebounds for Susquehanna.
Kline had 14 points to lead three Wilkes players in double-figures. Shovlin, who had four assists, and Constantine chipped in with 12 tallies apiece.
(1/7) Keystone 78 Wilkes 65
Darnell Reed led four Keystone College players in double figures with 22 points as the Giants knocked off host Wilkes University 78-65 in the opening round of the Wilkes-Barre Challenge on Saturday night in the Marts Center. The win improves Keystone to 7-3, while Wilkes suffered their first home loss of the season and slips to 6-3 overall.
The opening 20 minutes featured seven lead changes and six ties. The Giants held the biggest lead of the stanza when they pulled in front 25-18 on a three-pointer by Andre Stone with 7:07 left in the half.
Wilkes would respond with an 8-0 spurt to go ahead 26-25 with 4:24 showing on the clock. The Colonels did all of their damage during the run from the free throw line. Matt Gould was able to cash in five-of-six charity tosses, while Dan Adams hit three-of-four.
Mike Constantine’s three-pointer with 1:08 left in the half gave Wilkes a 33-32 lead. However, that would be the last time the Colonels would stand on top. Reed knocked down a three-pointer with 10 ticks left in the half to put the Giants ahead 35-33. He then stole a pass in the backcourt and was fouled, hitting one-of-two from the line to give Keystone a 36-33 lead at halftime.
A field goal by Harry Brown and a traditional three-point play by Reed to start the second period gave Keystone a 41-33 advantage. Wilkes would cut the deficit to 43-38 on a Greg Cardamone basket at the 16:15 mark.
Keystone would follow with a decisive 18-4 run that put the game away. Reed started the run with a three-point play that made it 46-38. After two more Reed free throws, Brown scored inside to extend the lead to 50-38 with 15:18 left. Cardamone put a temporary end to the run with field goal for Wilkes that pulled his team within 50-40.
Brown and Wilkes’ Evan Walters traded baskets to make it 52-42 with 12:35 left. Robert Cash, Rashawn Dennis and Tunde Ogunleye converted field goals for the Giants to make it 58-42 at the 11:07 mark. Stone would end the run for Keystone with a three-pointer that made it 61-42 at 10:41.
The Giants would continue to build on the lead and held their biggest advantage, 77-52, after Reed came up with a steal and lay-up at the 4:59 mark. Wilkes would close the game on a 13-1 run to cut into the final deficit.
Reed, who had three assists and four steals, was joined in twin digits by three other Keystone players. Stone finished with 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Both Brown, who had seven boards, and Cash chipped in with 12 tallies.
Chris Shovlin was the only Wilkes player to reach double-figures. He ended the night with 14 points. Cardamone, Adams and Michael Constantine each added eight points.
(1/4) Marywood 63 Wilkes 61
Matt Chapman hit a jumper in the lane with four seconds remaining to lift Marywood University to a 63-61 non-conference men’s basketball win over visiting Wilkes University on Wednesday night. The Pacers improve to 3-6 with the victory, while the Colonels see their six-game winning streak come to a halt and fall to 6-2.
Chris Shovlin tied the game at 61-61 with 14 seconds left for Wilkes when he converted a pair of free throws. Following a timeout, Chapman drove towards the middle of the lane and knocked down a 10-foot jumper to give the Pacers the lead. The Colonels were unable to get a shot off in the final ticks.
Wilkes held a 31-29 lead at halftime and extended the advantage to 44-39 on a pair of Steve Kline charity tosses with 13:01 left in the game. However, Marywood would respond with a 7-0 spurt to take a 46-44 lead with 7:45 left. Tim Smallwood scored inside for the Pacers and then canned a three-pointer to tie the game at 44-44. Josh Slee would provide the Pacers with a two-point edge with two free throws.
After Wilkes rallied to take a 52-50 lead on a John Sclafani free throw with 3:37 remaining, the Pacers got back-to-back three’s from Lawrence Tompkins and Adam Wildasin to assume a 56-52 lead with 2:51 left.
The Colonels quickly erased the deficit thanks to an Evan Walters field goal and a three-pointer by Shovlin that put Wilkes back on top 57-56 with 2:29 showing on the clock. Once again Marywood responded with four straight free throws, two each by Chapman and Tompkins, to take a 60-57 advantage with 1:01 left.
After Walters scored inside for Wilkes to cut the lead to 60-59, Tompkins hit one of two charity tosses to give Marywood a two-point lead, 61-59, with 22 seconds left. That set the stage for the dramatic finish.
Behind seven points from Shovlin, Wilkes got out of the gates quickly and took a 9-2 lead with 15:32 left in the opening half. Marywood would chip away at the lead and went on top for the first time with 9:12 left in the stanza on a Chapman layup that gave them a 14-12 lead.
The Pacers built their lead to 18-15, but Wilkes would answer with an 11-1 spurt that gave them a 26-19 lead with 2:57 remaining in the period. David Goode had four points during the run, while John Sclafani had three and both Shovlin and Walters had two tallies.
The Colonels were unable to hold onto the lead thanks to eight straight points by Marywood. Smallwood converted a traditional three-point play to start the rally. After Tompkins scored inside to cut the Wilkes lead to 26-24, Smallwood nailed a long-range three to put Marywood ahead 27-26 at the 1:32 mark.
Dan Adams made it 28-27 Wilkes with a basket inside, before Matt Johnson converted for Marywood to give hit team a 29-28 edge. Jeremy Kable would give the Colonels a 31-29 lead at intermission with a three-pointer with two ticks left.
Smallwood led four Marywood players in double-figures with 15 points. Wildasin was next with 13 tallies, while both Chapman and Tompkins had 10 tallies. Tompkins also had a team-leading 10 rebounds.
Wilkes got 21 points and three assists from Shovlin. Walters was the only other Colonel in twin digits. He finished with a double-double after totaling 11 points and 12 rebounds.
(12/12) Wilkes 107 Lincoln 99 (ot)
Senior center Evan Walters posted career highs with 34 points and 15 rebounds to lead Wilkes University to a 107-99 overtime victory over 23rd-ranked Lincoln University on Monday night in the Marts Center. The win was the sixth straight for the Colonels who head into the semester break with a 6-1 record. Lincoln sees their record slip to 7-2 overall.
Thomas Lahart hit a pair of free throws with 36 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 91-91 and force overtime. After Walters converted inside for Wilkes to start the extra session, Kyle Myrick connected on two charity tosses with 4:39 on the clock to knot the count at 93-93.
Walters would put Wilkes on top for good with 4:36 left when he was fouled and calmly sank both free throws to put his team on top 95-93. After a Lions turnover, Matt Gould canned two charity shots at the 4:01 mark to extend the Colonels lead to 97-93. A Myrick field goal at 2:58 would pull Lincoln back within two points, 99-97.
The Colonels would put the game away by out-scoring Lincoln 8-2 down the stretch. Michael Constantine drilled a three-pointer to provide Wilkes with a 102-97 advantage with 1:46 left. After Myrick scored on a drive to close the gap to 102-99, John Sclafani hit two free throws with 30 seconds remaining to make it 104-99. After a Lincoln missed field goal, Steve Kline was fouled for the Colonels and hit both of his attempts to up the lead to 106-99. Walters would tack on the game’s final point with a free throw with 11 seconds left.
The first half was a seesaw battle that featured seven ties and 14 lead changes. Wilkes held the biggest lead of the half, 49-41, on a three-point play by Walters with 57 seconds left in the stanza. A basket by Thomas Hickson would cut the Wilkes lead to 49-43 at intermission.
The second period was just as even. Their were eight ties and 14 lead changes in the final 20 minutes. Lincoln held an 88-87 lead following a Lahart field goal with 2:45 left. Chris Shovlin would answer for Wilkes with a driving basket that gave the Colonels an 89-88 advantage at the 2:06 mark. Myrick would follow by connecting on one-of-two free throws to tie the game at 89-89 with 1:41 left. Walters would put the Colonels on top 91-89 with a basket inside at the 1:20 mark, but Lahart’s two free throws would force overtime.
Walters was 12-for-14 from the field and 10-for-15 from the free throw line on his way to his 34-point performance. Along with his 15 rebounds, he also chipped in with six blocked shots, four assists and three steals.
Shovlin contributed 26 points, including six three-point field goals, seven rebounds and eight assists. Constantine added 17 tallies, while Kline finished the night with 11 points, six boards and seven assists.
Myrick, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career early in the second half, was 15-of-34 from the floor and had a game-high 41 tallies. It marked the seventh straight game that the senior scored 30 or more points.
Lahart added 21 points, including a 6-for-12 shooting performance from behind the three-point arc. Tyreek Byard added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
(12/7) Wilkes 74 Immaculata 58
Wilkes University placed five players in double-figures on their way to a 74-58 non-conference men’s basketball win over Immaculata College on Wednesday night. The win was the fifth straight for the Colonels and upped their overall record to 5-1. The Mighty Macs see their record slide to 0-7.
Immaculata held a 21-18 lead following a Dan Lepone free throw at the 5:04 mark of the first half. But, Wilkes would close the half with a 16-5 run to take a 34-26 lead at intermission.
Chris Shovlin scored on a drive and Michael Constantine cashed in consecutive three-pointers to provide the Colonels with a 26-21 lead with 2:54 left in the first stanza. After two free throws by Josh Alderson cut the advantage to 26-23, Jeremy Kable cashed in a trifecta to make it 29-23. A three-pointer by Immaculata’s Kyle Finklea would close the gap to 29-26. However, Constantine knocked down a shot and Evan Walters converted a traditional three-point play to close the half and give Wilkes an eight-point edge.
Immaculata would get to within four points, 36-32, on a basket by Reggie Strickland at 18:13 of the second period. Shovlin answered for Wilkes with a field goal and David Goode converted two free throws and field goal to extend the lead to 42-32 with 16:10 left.
The Colonels would use a 9-1 run later in the half to put the game out of reach. Strickland cut the Wilkes lead to 46-38 with a basket off an offensive rebound at the 12:30 mark. Field goals by Constantine and Dan Adams pushed the lead to 50-38. Joe Slavick would hit one-of-two charity tosses for the Might Macs to make it 50-39. Adams would then score five straight points to up the advantage to 55-39 and put the game out of reach for good.
Constantine finished with 13 points to lead Wilkes, which shot 54 percent from the field for the game. Walters had 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Shovlin contributed 12 points and seven caroms. Adams also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Kable cashed in 11 tallies.
Finklea had a game-high 18 points to lead Immaculata offensively. Strickland was also in twin digits for the Might Macs, who were out-rebounded by a 55-29 margin, with 12 tallies.
(12/3) Wilkes 71 DeSales 68
Michael Constantine drilled a key three-pointer with 1:01 left and Wilkes University hit five-of-six free throws in the remaining time as the Colonels notched a 71-68 win over DeSales University in a Freedom Conference men’s game on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Colonels to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while DeSales slips to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Constantine’s three-pointer came immediately following a pair of free throws by the Bulldogs Eddie Ohlson that tied the game at 63-63 with 1:14 left. Constantine came off a screen and drilled the shot from 22 feet out to provide the Colonels with a 66-63 advantage.
Matt Gould would steal a DeSales pass and hit two free throws after being fouled with 42 seconds left to up the Wilkes lead to 68-63. But, Steve Kriczky nailed a three-pointer for DeSales with 22 seconds left to pull his team within 68-66. Gould would convert two more free throws and Drew Christman scored inside to make it 70-68 with seven ticks left. Constantine was fouled with six seconds left and hit one of two to give the Colonels a 71-68 advantage. The Bulldogs would get one final shot, but Christman’s long-range attempt was off the mark as time expired.
DeSales scored nine unanswered points in a span of 1:50 to take an early 11-2 mark. Phil Stricker scored four points during the spurt that was capped by a Christman lay-up at the 16:21 mark.
Wilkes would answer with a 6-0 run of their own to cut into the deficit. Dan Adams came off the bench to provide a spark for the Colonels. The sophomore hit two free throws and scored inside to make it 11-6. Gould then contributed two free throws at 14:48 to pull Wilkes within 11-8.
The Colonels would put together a 10-0 run later in the first stanza to take their first lead. Trailing 20-17, Steve Kline scored off a Gould assist to make it 20-19 with 8:01 left in the half. Kline would then sandwich a pair of three-pointers around a Chris Shovlin basket to give Wilkes a 27-20 lead. The Colonels would maintain an advantage and headed off to the halftime locker room with a 33-29 lead.
Wilkes would hold on to the lead until three-pointers by Kriczky and Mike Myers gave DeSales a 44-42 lead with 13:18 left in the contest. But, back-to-back three’s by the Colonels Michael Constantine and a driving basket by Chris Shovlin put Wilkes back on top, 50-44, with 10:53 left.
After Ed Lapinski converted inside for DeSales to make it 50-46, Shovlin cashed in consecutive three-pointers to stake Wilkes to a 56-46 advantage with 9:24 left. The Colonels would hold on to the eight point lead and led 63-55 with just 2:51 remaining on a pair of Evan Walters free throws.
However, DeSales was not done. Ed Lapinski canned a three-pointer with 2:02 left, and following a missed Wilkes free throw, Christman nailed a triple to cut the Wilkes lead to 63-61 with 1:26 left and set the stage for the dramatic finish.
Shovlin had 15 points and seven assists to lead four Wilkes players in double-figures. Kline finished with 13 points, while both Constantine and Walters had 10 tallies.
Christman cashed in a game-high 20 points to lead DeSales. Stricker contributed 14 points, while Mike Zinn had 11 counters.
(11/30) Wilkes 77 King's 76 (ot)
Chris Shovlin canned a three-pointer with 17 seconds left to force overtime and Michael Constantine hit a key three-pointer late in overtime to lift Wilkes University to a 77-76 win over rival King’s College in a Freedom Conference men’s basketball game on Wednesday night in the Marts Center.
The win improves Wilkes to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference. King’s, the defending Freedom Conference champions, falls to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
The Monarchs held their biggest lead of the game, 64-55, following two free throws by Vince Scalzo with 1:53 left in regulation. But, the Colonels would close with an 11-2 run to force the extra session.
Shovlin began the comeback with a traditional three-point play at 1:45 to cut the deficit to 64-58. Following a King’s turnover Dan Adams scored on an offensive rebound to make it 64-60 with 1:12 showing on the clock.
Vince Sobocinski would up the Monarchs lead to 66-60 with 43 seconds left with two charity tosses. But, Shovlin would answer with a three-point just eight seconds later to make it 66-63. King’s would commit another turnover and Shovlin would can a long three-pointer with 17 ticks left to tie the game at 66-66. The Monarchs had one final shot to win in regulation, but Jared Black’s three-pointer was off the mark as time expired.
Kofi Dwebeng gave King’s a 68-66 lead with two free throws at 4:03 of overtime. Shovlin would hit another long-range bomb to put Wilkes on top 69-68. Three Scalzo free throws, sandwiched around a pair of charity tosses by the Colonels Jeremy Kable, would push the score to 71-71 with 1:43 left.
Evan Walters scored inside for Wilkes with 1:26 left to give his team a 73-71 lead. But, once again, Scalzo would step to the free throw line and hit both attempts to knot the game at 73-73 with 1:04 remaining.
Constantine would deliver what proved to be the key blow when he drilled a three-pointer from the corner with 40 seconds left to place Wilkes on top 76-73. Jim Welsh was unable to hit a three-point attempt for King’s with eight seconds left and Shovlin was fouled with six ticks on the clock. The sophomore hit the second of the two free throws to give Wilkes a 77-73 lead. Black would hit a three as the clock ran out to cut into the final deficit.
King’s held a 30-29 lead at halftime. The game would remain close throughout most of the second half until the Monarchs embarked on a 16-6 spurt. The run helped King’s overcome a 47-46 deficit with 8:04 left.
John Soboleski put the Monarchs on top with two free throws that made it 48-47. A traditional three-point play by Scalzo would extend the lead to 51-47. After Walters scored inside to make it 51-49, Dwebeng hit one charity toss and Scalzo cashed in a pair of free throws to give King’s a 54-49 advantage with 5:21 left.
Walters would make to free throws for Wilkes to pull his team within 54-51 at the 5:03 mark. King’s would counter with five straight tallies, two each by Scalzo and Sobocinski and one by Thomas Moore, to take a 59-51 lead with 3:32 remaining. After two more Walters free throws, Dwebeng netted a three-pointer to make it 62-53 with 2:37 left. Shovlin would hit a two-pointer for Wilkes and Scalzo would hit two free throws to make it 64-55 and set the stage for the Colonels comeback.
Walters enjoyed an outstanding night for Wilkes. The senior center finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Shovlin contributed 22 points and handed out six assists. Constantine chipped in with 11 points.
Scalzo, who hit 14-of-17 free throw attempts, had 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace King’s. Dwebeng came off the bench to add 12 points and eight boards, while Sobocinski finished the night with 11 tallies.
(11/22) Wilkes 82 Baptist Bible 68
Despite the cold weather outside on Tuesday night, the Wilkes University men’s basketball team was red-hot during the first half of their non-conference game with visiting Baptist Bible in the Marts Center. The Colonels shot 60 percent from the field in the opening half to race out to a 16-point lead and never looked back in claiming an 82-68 victory in their home opener.
Wilkes improves to 2-1 overall with the win, while the Defenders see their record fall to 2-1. The Colonels will be idle until Wednesday, November 30, when they open up Freedom Conference play by hosting local rival and defending conference champion King’s College at 8:00 p.m.
Baptist Bible hung tough throughout most of the first half and held a 13-12 lead with 13:15 left following a Derek Jacobs’ field goal.
A three-point field goal by Chris Shovlin, however, would ignite a 14-0 Wilkes run that provided the home squad with a 26-13 lead at the 10:06 mark. Dan Adams and Steve Kline converted field goals following the three by Shovlin to give the Colonels a 19-13 advantage. Jeremy Kable would knock down a long-range three before Kline would score four more points to up the lead to 13 points.
Korey Collins would hit three out of four free throws and Jon Konzelman would convert inside to pull the Defenders within 28-20 with 8:51 showing on the clock. However, a pair of free throws by Michael Constantine and a three-pointer by Kable upped the Wilkes lead to double-digits for good, 33-20. The Colonels, who hit 66.7 percent (6-of-9) of their three-point tries in the opening period, took a 51-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Wilkes would methodically pull further away from the Defenders in the second half, and took their biggest lead of 31 points, 74-43, on a basket inside by Greg Cardamone with 10:39 left in the contest.
Baptist Bible, behind four three-pointers by Josh Cannon, would close the game with a 14-3 run to cut the final deficit to 14 points.
The Colonels finished the game shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from three-point range. They also maintained a 45-31 rebounding advantage over the Defenders, while holding them to just 35 percent shooting from the floor.
Wilkes placed ten players in the scoring column, led by Shovlin’s 15 points. The sophomore also had eight rebounds and three assists. Kable, who hit 4-of-6 shots from behind the arc, cashed in 14 tallies. Kline ended the night with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Baptist Bible was led by a game-high 17 points from Konzelman. David Stallard and Cannon both chipped in with 12 tallies.
(11/19) Wilkes 95 Paul Smith's 39
Wilkes University opened the game with a 27-0 run and never looked back in posting a 95-39 men’s basketball win over Paul Smith’s College in the consolation game of the North Country “Coaches vs. Cancer” Classic on Saturday afternoon at Clarkson University.
The win improves the Colonels to 1-1 overall, while Paul Smith’s falls to 3-6. Wilkes will open the home portion of their campaign on Tuesday night when they host Baptist Bible College at 7:00 p.m.
Mike Constantine, who had 11 points during the initial run, canned a three-pointer and a field goal to start the scoring. Keith Kline then hit consecutive field goals to up the Wilkes lead to 9-0. Chris Shovlin would contribute a pair of baskets and Constantine would hit another three to provide Wilkes with a 16-0 lead at the 15:08 mark. After Constantine hit a two-pointer and a free throw and Jeremy Kable hit one charity toss, Kline converted back-to-back field goal attempts to up the lead to 24-0. Drew Amoroso would cap the spurt with a three-pointer at 11:07 to make it 27-0.
Jimmy Noel would get Paul Smith’s on the board with a free throw at the 10:34 mark. However, Wilkes would respond with 18 straight tallies to push the lead to 45-1. Kable scored seven points and David Goode had six during the run, which ended on a Goode free throw with 5:33 left in the half.
Paul Smith’s would use a 15-6 run to end the half to close within 51-16 at intermission. Andrew Thompson had six points and Floyd Thorne had five tallies for Paul Smith’s during the final run of the half. Paul Smith’s would not get any closer than 31 points in the second period.
Five Colonels were in double-figures, led by Constantine’s 18 tallies. Goode, who had eight rebounds, and Kable, who had five boards, each contributed 14 points. Shovlin had 13 points, five assists and four steals, while Kline finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Thompson was the top scorer for Paul Smith’s with 14 points. Noel was next on the scoring list with eight tallies.
(11/18) Potsdam 68 Wilkes 55
SUNY Potsdam jumped out to a nine-point halftime lead and held off second half Wilkes University rally to post a 68-55 win over the Colonels in the opening round of the North Country “Coaches vs. Cancer” Classic at Clarkson University on Friday night.
Potsdam advances to Saturday’s tournament final where they will square off either Clarkson or Paul Smith at 4:00 p.m. Wilkes will take on one of those two team’s in the consolation game at 2:00 p.m.
The Bears held a 13-10 lead with 13:36 remaining in the first half before slowly widening the margin. A Tim Reinhardt field goal at the 6:51 nark gave Potsdam a 25-16 lead. The Bears would increase the edge to 13, 39-26, on a Scott Mitchell three-pointer with 1:39 left in the half. Wilkes would get consecutive three-pointers from Drew Amoroso and Jeremy Kable, before a field goal by the Bears’ Alvin Dike gave Potsdam a 41-32 halftime lead.
Down 50-38 midway through the second half, Wilkes went on a 9-0 run to cut the gap to 50-47 with 7:56 left. Steve Kline started the run with a three-pointer, and following a basket inside by Evan Walters, Kline hit two free throws to make it 50-45. David Goode would cap the run with a basket inside.
Potsdam would answer right back by out-scoring Wilkes 13-2 over the next 2:56 to take a 63-49 kead with only five minutes left. Dave Bisesi led the way with five points during the spurt.
Ernst Ducena led the way for Potsdam with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists. Edane Harton chipped in with 12 tallies for the Bears.
Chris Shovlin had 11 points, four assists and three steals for Wilkes, while Walters contributed 10 points and three blocked shots.