Press Release Written by Sports Information Graduate Intern MaryKate Rumbaugh.
NEWARK, Del. – With his final shot of the night, redshirt junior guard Jermaine Head became the fifth player in Wilmington University men's basketball NCAA era to score 1,000 career points, but Dominican would hang on to take the win, 92-83, Thursday night at the WU Athletics Complex.
Head needed 31 points to reach the 1,000 point mark, and scored exactly that on a made three-pointer with 29 seconds to play in regulation. He finished with nine rebounds to go along with four assists and four steals, while going 9-17 from the floor and a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line. The redshirt junior trails Herbert Dennis by 246 points for fourth all-time, while Tyaire Ponzo-Peek holds the record for most points in program history with 1,808.
Despite the career mark for Head, the Wildcats (9-12, 6-6 CACC) could not contain the Chargers' (16-4, 11-1) halftime lead. WilmU was able to come back from a 20-13 lead by Dominican with 10 minutes left to play in the first half. With a 6-0 run the Wildcats tied the game at 26 a piece with 3:31 to play in the half, until Dominican went on their own 6-0 run to increase their lead 32-26 and force a Wilmington timeout with 2:02 to go.
Jordan Harding and Danny Walsh would go to the line one after the other and knock down two free throws a piece to bring the deficit to within two points, but a Wildcat turnover in the final seconds of the half would give Dominican a 34-30 lead into halftime.
It would be a back-and forth start to the second half as the Wildcats tied the score twice, but on an and-one with 15:17 to play, Dominican would start a 7-0 run to take a 48-40 lead. WilmU would climb within four after layup from Omari Dill-Pettiford to make it a 56-52 game, but the Chargers would start to build their lead to 10 points with 7:46 to play in the game.
Dominican would take their largest lead of the game of 15 with 6:12 to go in regulation, but the Wildcats would only contain the lead to 10 points, as the Chargers would take the game, 92-83.
Head scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, as Danny Walsh chipped in with 16 points and four steals. Omari Dill-Pettiford would finish with 13 points, with Jordan Harding adding 11 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats.
Despite the Wildcats going a perfect 21-21 from the free throw line, the Chargers shot 52.4 percent from the floor for the night. The 21-21 from the foul line sets a new single game program record for the Wildcats, surpassing the only other perfect night, 10-10, against Franklin Pierce on December 17, 2017, with at least 10 free throws made.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Felician for another CACC cross divisional contest. The Wildcats and Golden Falcons are set for a 3:30 p.m. tip-off in Rutherford, New Jersey.