Wingate Gets Revenge on Pioneers

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

Wingate University’s men’s basketball got revenge on the Tusculum Pioneers Saturday, January 28, after losing to them earlier in the season. The bulldogs faced the pioneers back in November losing 98-101, this time they prevailed over the Pioneers with a 84-67 win.

The bulldogs were lead to their victory by senior guard, Josh Dominguez, who had a career-high of 29 points. Dominguez shot 10-for-17 from the field, which included 6-of-8 from the three-point line. “Coach gives me the ultimate green light when shooting the three, so I just took advantage of that and how the defense was playing me” said Dominguez.

Dominguez gives credit to his teammates in helping him have such a dominant performance. “It feels good to have a dominant performance, but it’s all due to my teammates giving me the ball where I like it. They know when I’m hot to keep feeding me. As much as it was me, it was them as well” said Dominguez.

Behind Dominguez was Junior guard, Zeriq Lolar, who added 18 points, shooting 3 of 5 from three-point line. Sophomore forward, Mike Baez added 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists for the bulldogs.Cory Fagan contributed 15 points for the Pioneers, with teammate Kendall Patterson behind him adding 12 points.

Wingate was still able to get the Win, despite missing their starting center, Keith Griffin, who is out with a shoulder injury. Griffin said he doesn’t think he’ll be back for the next game on Wednesday, but hopes to be back on Saturday.

Wingate Bulldogs will seek revenge again with their next opponent, the Newberry Wolves, whom they lost to back in November.“We are better than we were in November defensively. So I think that will be our main focus as they have a really fast paced team. Defense is always our focus but even so much more with us playing Newberry” said Dominguez.

Wingate will look to extend their 10-game winning streak against the Wolves (12-8, 8-7), Wednesday night, in Cuddy arena at 8 p.m.

Edited by: Brea Childs

 

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