CANADIAN — The Canadian Cougars held down the Stuart Hornets for the first half, but the second half belonged to Hornets guard Kaleb Wilson.
Wilson scored 15 of his game-high 24 total points in the second half, leading the Hornets to a 62-46 win Tuesday at Darrell James Gymnasium in Canadian.
“It was just a fact of spreading the defense out,” Wilson said. “I knew we’d hit big shots. We just had to settle down.”
Starting with a layup by Wilson, Stuart put the game away with an 18-6 run to begin the third quarter. Canadian committed a turnover on its next possession, then Dillon Lawrence’s layup made it 27-12 Stuart.
Chase Shearwood scored a 3-pointer for the Cougars, but on the opposite end Wilson found Sam Mitchell on a backdoor cut for a layup. Shearwood then knocked down another 3-pointer, but Wilson drained a jump shot for a 31-18 lead.
That jump shot began a string of 12 unanswered points by the Hornets. Lawrence scored on a pass from Wilson, then turned a steal into two free throws to make it 35-18.
After another Cougars miss, Lawrence scored yet again. Eight of his 10 total points came in the third.
Following another miss by Canadian, Wilson went on the fastbreak, at the last second dishing out a behind-the-back pass to Mitchell for a layup that got the visitor’s side of the gymnasium shouting and applauding. Wilson finished the run with a layup that made it 41-18.
The Cougars outscored the Hornets 19-18 in the fourth, getting points from five different players and at one point making it a 10-point game, but they dug themselves into big a hole in the third quarter to make a full comeback impossible.
“I’m bigger in every position, basically .... and they were the ones that looked like they were the stronger, tougher, more experienced team that would get to the rim under control,” Canadian coach Daniel Lokey said. “We looked intimidated.”