PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - - The Wilmington University men's basketball team scored the most points in a single game in program record, defeating Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference foe Chestnut Hill, 105-93, on Saturday afternoon inside Sorgenti Arena.
With the win, the Wildcats are now 12-14 overall, improving to 9-8 inside the CACC. Still fighting for seeding inside the CACC South Division, the Wildcats inched closer to the No. 2 seed as Goldey-Beacom fell to USciences on Saturday. The Wildcats are a game behind Goldey-Beacom for second and are tied with Holy Family (9-8) in third with two games to play. Both games are against the Tigers (Wednesday) and Lightning (Saturday).
The Griffins (3-22, 0-16 CACC) started strong, taking as large as a five-point lead, 10-5, in the first four minutes of play. Jordan Harding erased the deficit with a three-pointer, giving the Wildcats a 12-11 lead but the Griffins we're backing down.
The Wildcats went up by eight points midway through the half before the Griffins answered and regained the lead, 27-24, with 6:53 left before the break. A Wildcats' 7-0 run gave the visitors the lead once again, 31-27, and the margin remained there until the end of the half. Jermaine Head would hit a three-pointer with six ticks on the clock, sending the Wildcats into the break leading 47-41.
Thomas Farrior put in a layup and Jermaine Head added a three-pointer on their next possession for a 59-47 lead. Ed Henderson and Jordan Harding then hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the visitors up 65-51 with 15:02 on the clock. Alvin West hit a triple for a 72-53 lead before Farrior hit a jumper and West another three-pointer move ahead, 77-56, with 10:47 to play.
Thomas Farrior gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the night, 87-62, with 6:52 to play before the Griffins fought all the way back to within single digits, 93-84, with 1:33 left in the game. Chestnut Hill again had the game at 95-86, with 1:19 to play before the Wildcats hit four straight free throws. Thomas Farrior sent the Wildcats over the century mark for just the third time in the program's NCAA era with two free throws, before Jordan Harding set the new scoring mark with two more from the charity stripe, 103-91, with 46 seconds left.
Alvin West capped the scoring for the Wildcats, hitting two from the foul line to set the new single game scoring record at 105 points. That mark surpasses the 102 points they scored against Georgian Court on January 14, 2014, at the WU Athletics Complex.
Farrior led five Wildcats in double figures with a game high 29 points, shooting 12-of-23 from the floor. Jordan Harding secured a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds while Jermaine Head added 22 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Danny Walsh scored 12 points while adding six rebounds and four assists and Alvin West came off the bench to score 15 points with four three-pointers.
The Wildcats went 14-for-31 from deep and 27-for-34 from the foul line in the game.
A crucial game against Holy Family is the team's final home game, as they welcome the Tigers to the Complex on Wednesday night. Senior Night will start with an expected tip-off at 8:00 p.m.