UU routs Wright State-Lake


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UU’s Dalton Payton drives to the basket during Thursday night’s game with visiting Wright State-Lake.

UU’s Dalton Payton drives to the basket during Thursday night’s game with visiting Wright State-Lake.


Brenda Burns | Urbana Daily Citizen

The Urbana University men’s basketball team picked up its first home win of the season with a 104-50 throttling of Wright State-Lake Thursday evening at the Grimes Center.

The Blue Knights improved to 4-5 overall while recording their second straight victory. All four of UU’s wins this season have come against non-conference foes. WSU-Lake dropped to 4-6 overall.

“I really challenged those guys to really share the basketball,” UU head coach Rob Summers said. “I think we’ve been doing a good job over the past couple weeks. Yesterday at practice, we talked about the one-on-one play and how that’s not going to define our brand of basketball. I thought we came out and responded well to the zone.”

Freshman guard DeQuan Abrom led five Knights in double figures with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He barely missed out on his first career double-double with nine boards and dished out a team-high six assists.

Abrom has been scorching the nets, raising his season scoring average to 13.8 while shooting 53 percent overall. He has scored double digits in six straight outings.

AJ Washington scored a season-high 15 points with four dunks, while Carlas Jackson (14), Ethan Snapp (12) and Charles Sweatt-Washington (1) were additional Knights in the double-digit scoring column.

As a team, the Blue Knights shot 56 percent with a season-high 29 assists on 39 made field goals.

UU knocked down 17 3-pointers, led by Abrom, Jackson and Snapp with four treys apiece, while Sweatt-Washington and Andre Hawes each knocked down a pair from beyond the arc.

The Blue Knight bench out-scored the Lakers 61-15 and UU scored 38 points off turnovers. UU held a narrow rebound advantage (45-42) as the visitors racked up 18 offensive boards.

UU limited the Lakers to 24-percent shooting and 3-of-26 shooting from three-point range.

After the Lakers jumped out to a 4-2 lead, the Blue Knights buried the visitors with a 26-0 run and never looked back. Abrom hit all four of his 3-pointers during that run as UU went ahead 28-4 with 11:47 left until halftime.

UU led 48-20 at the break and then poured in 56 points in the second half. All 11 players who entered the game scored for UU.

The Blue Knights return to action on Monday night when they host Miami University-Middletown inside the Grimes Center.

UU’s Dalton Payton drives to the basket during Thursday night’s game with visiting Wright State-Lake.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2016/12/web1_UU2.jpgUU’s Dalton Payton drives to the basket during Thursday night’s game with visiting Wright State-Lake. Brenda Burns | Urbana Daily Citizen

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