Sunday, February 28, 2016

Wiley Wildcats clinch tournament berth with victory over Huston-Tillots

AUSTIN, Texas – The Wiley College men's basketball team guaranteed itself one more basketball game, as it clinched a spot in the Red River Athletics Conference Tournament with a 76-68 victory over Huston-Tillotson Saturday.

The Wildcats (16-11, 8-10 in RRAC) limited Huston Tillotson, which averages 93 points per game, to 37 percent shooting. Wiley held Shai Fields, who is the top scorer in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, to 14 points on 15 shot attempts.

"We made sure we knew where Fields was at all times," coach Jameus Hartsfield said. "He's a really good offensive player and the team feeds off him."

Wiley College made 48 percent of its field goal attempts and made seven of its 15 3-point attempts. The Wildcats led 37-28 at halftime. In the second half, Wiley led by as many as 19 and led by double digits most of the half.

Kevondric Davis (SO/Shreveport, LA) led all scorers with 17 points. Patrick Banks (JR/Jackson, MS) had his most productive game of the season, as he recorded a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds off the bench.

"Banks played as if it was do or die situation," Hartsfield said. "I've challenged him to bring that same energy through the tournament."

George Page (JR/Winnfield, LA), who is a RRAC First Team All-Conference candidate and Terrell Guy Jr. (SR/Houston, TX) finished in double figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Andre Jackson (SO/Natchitoches, LA) recorded a game-high eight assists.

The Wildcats will play in the first round of the Red River Athletics Conference Tournament on Thursday. Opponent and time is to be determined.



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