Caldwell College Cougars Earn 80-68 Victory Over Holy Names in Men's Hoops
Sunday, December 1, 2013 • 2:31am
BELMONT, CA - The Caldwell College men’s basketball team ended its California trip with an 80-68 win over Holy Names University at the Notre Dame de Namur Tournament Saturday afternoon at Walter Gleason Gym. The Cougars are now 5-3 on the season, while the Hawks drop to 1-7.
The victory gives head coach Mark Corino 399 wins at Caldwell. Corino, who is in his 26th season at Caldwell, has won 494 games in his career to rank third all-time among men’s college basketball coaches in New Jersey.
The Cougars trailed for most of the first half, falling behind by as many as seven points. But Caldwell closed out the half with a 12-4 run, including three-point plays from junior guard Kevin Walker (Bayonne, NJ / St. Peter’s Prep) and sophomore forward Billy McDonald (North Haven, CT / North Haven), to take a 39-37 lead at the half. Walker scored 11 points in the half, while the Hawks’ Tyler Fry hit four three-pointers and had 18 points.
Junior guard Wyatt Polk (Haddonfield, NJ / Haddonfield) scored seven points to help the Cougars expand their lead to 46-41. Holy Names came within one point three times, only to have Caldwell hold off the Hawks on each occasion. Caldwell took control of the game with a 16-6 run that saw six different players score, resulting in a 66-55 advantage with 6:16 to play. Holy Names pulled to within six points twice, but the Cougars finished strong to end a two-game losing streak. Caldwell shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second half and 54.7 percent for the game while limiting the Hawks to 36.4 percent shooting after halftime.
Polk led the Cougars with 20 points and seven rebounds to earn a spot on the all-tournament team, while McDonald finished with 16 points. Walker added 13 points and four assists, and sophomore guard Dawan Lighty (Paterson, NJ / Kennedy) tallied 11 points and five assists. Fry was held to just four points in the second half and finished with a game-high 22 points for Holy Names.
Caldwell returns to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play with the first game against Georgian Court University on Saturday, Dec. 7. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.in Lakewood, N.J.