Wilsons, Adams State eliminated (Basketball)
Junior guard Deray Wilson of Anchorage saw his NCAA championship hopes dashed today after losing in the first round of the D2 National Tournament.
Wilson came off the bench to score 10 of his 14 points in the second half to help Adams State College rally from an eight-point halftime deficit, taking the lead at one point. But it wasn’t enough as Colorado School of Mines prevailed 62-59 in the Central Region game.
Wilson, of West High fame, put the team on his back down the stretch.
The 5-foot-9 playmaker scored a layup to bring Adams State within 56-53 with 1:25 to play.
With 1:04 to play, his converted an and-1, three-point play to make it 58-56.
He also drilled a 3-pointer with three seconds left to get his team as close as 61-59.
Wilson’s uncle, Louis, is the head coach. All he did in his first year on the job was lead Adams State to its best season in nearly two decades. The team went 20-9 (the most wins since 1992) and earned only its second-ever appearance at the D2 National Tournament.