Wilson College’s men’s basketball team hit the road Sunday, taking on the Cyclones of Centenary University in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) matchup. The Phoenix (7-12, 4-4 CSAC) were defeated by the Cyclones (11-7, 6-1 CSAC) by a final score of 81-74.
How It Happened
Later, after sophomore Adrian Thomas (Germantown, Md., Northwest HS) knocked down a free throw, Centenary jumped on a 9-0 run that pushed the score in their favor, 16-4. Junior Christian Evans (Baltimore, Md., Our Lady Of Mount Carmel) ended the run by hitting a jumper but the Cyclones continued to turn up the scoring.
Later in the half, freshman Jeremiah Carter-Johnson (Richmond, Va., Mills E. Godwin) provided a spark for the Phoenix offense. After draining on a foul shot, Carter-Johnson came up with a steal and connected on the jumper that followed. Shortly after, he hit a three that was assisted by junior Kyle Hoffman (Waynesboro, PA, Waynesboro). Wilson entered halftime trailing, 48-29.
In the second half, Bean opened up the scoring with a layup in the paint, followed by a three from Thomas. Later, with Centenary ahead 22 points, the Phoenix spent ten minutes chipping away at the deficit with a 26-11 run. In this run, Wilson shot lights out. Hoffman and Carter-Johnson knocked down back-to-back shots from beyond the arc. The rest of the offense continued to work the ball, draw fouls and hit their foul shots.
When the run was over, the Phoenix were only down seven points with four and a half minutes remaining. The two opponents continued to battle as Wilson continued to hang on. Bean knocked down a three, cutting the lead to five points with 21 seconds left in the game.
The Phoenix could not complete the comeback, however, and were defeated by a final score of 81-74.
Inside the Box Score
The Phoenix finished the game shooting 35% while their opponent finished shooting 49%. Bean led Wilson with 19 points and 10 rebounds on his way to a double-double. Thomas finished one rebound short of a double-double. He had a total of 17 points and nine rebounds. Carter-Johnson finished with a season-high 11 points. Second-chance points were crucial for the Phoenix as they out-scored the Cyclones 40-16.
The men’s basketball team will have a week off before returning to action Feb. 1, where they will continue CSAC play against the Eagles of the College of Saint Elizabeth starting at 3 pm.
Chris Brunner Is Sports Information Assistant at Wilson College