BLOOMFIELD, N.J. - - Playing in its home gym, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference top seed and North Division No. 1 seed Bloomfield was too much to handle for the South Division's No. 4 seed Wilmington University men's basketball team, 105-86, in the First Round of the CACC Tournament on Tuesday night.
The Bears (20-9) won the advantage on the boards, 55-28, including 17 offensive rebounds, leading to a 48-28 difference in the paint on Tuesday night. The Bears shot 51.8 percent for the game while the Wildcats (12-17) shot 42.9 percent.
Bloomfield got out to a large lead in the first half, as the Wildcats struggled to settle in and make shot. Jermaine Head hit a three-pointer to bring the Wildcats to within 6-5 early on, but the Bears rattled off 13 straight, including back-to-back three-pointers to cap the run, 19-5.
Another 9-0 spurt put the home team up 28-10 with 10:28 to play in the half, before the Bears took their largest lead of the half, 35-13, with 7:40 showing on the clock before the break.
The Wildcats answered with an 11-4 run, as Jermaine Head converted an old fashioned three-point play, to bring the Wildcats back to within 39-24, and used another 7-0 spurt to close the gap to within 43-31, with 2:44 to play. But the Bears finished the half on a 9-2 run, taking a 52-33 lead into the break.
The Wildcats scored the first five points of the second half, but every time the visitors would score back-to-back buckets and be on the verge of making a run, the Bears had an answer and would regain a 20-point lead.
Ed Henderson II brought the Wildcats to within 65-50 with 15:09 to play, but a Bears' dunk and three-pointer squashed any Wildcat momentum and reopened a 70-50 Bears lead.
Jordan Harding made back-to-back three-pointers to get to within 81-65, but again the Bears answered with a three-pointer at the other end, and a 7-0 run to reopen an 88-65 lead.
Bloomfield first took its largest lead of the night, 96-69, with 6:07 left in regulation before settling on the final score, 105-86.
Jermaine Head set a new career best with 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting, hitting five three-pointers. He also added four rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Thomas Farrior and Danny Walsh added 15 points each while Jordan Harding chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.
With the win, Bloomfield advances to the CACC Tournament Semifinals on Saturday and will square off against S#2 Goldey-Beacom at 12:00 p.m.