Wilmont trumps fellow IU alums in Tournament

CHICAGO — Four former Hoosiers entered DePaul University’s McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday night with the dream of winning a share of $1 million alive.

Only one walked out still dreaming.

Former Indiana University standout Rod Wilmont and the Ants Alumni team, which also featured the likes of former Indiana Pacer Stephen Graham and ex-Auburn star Chris Porter, built a lead of as many as 15 points in the second half, then held on for a 76-72 victory over Armored Athlete and the former Hoosier trio of Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament.

Wilmont and his squad, consisting of former members of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, advance to play in the semifinals in New York City next weekend against Team 23.

The Ants used a similar pattern in both the first and second half on Saturday night, building a big lead in each half and holding on.

Sheehey had eight points off the bench in the first half, and little-known Lloyd Johnson added 11 points to help pull Armored Athlete within two at halftime, 36-34.

A 15-2 run by the Ants to start the second half saw the lead stretch to 51-36 before Armored Athlete came back to life, this time with Hulls dropping in a pair of 3s for his only baskets of the game. Sheehey added another 3 to further tighten things up as the game headed down the stretch.

Watford finally got going with three late 3-pointers, his first points in two nights, with the last 3 pulling Armored Athlete within 73-72 with 18.3 seconds left.

But the Ants made two free throws, and Arizona product Mark Lyons’ contested 3 for the tie was off the mark, allowing Wilmont and company to escape with the victory.

Sheehey scored 18 points to lead Armored Athlete, while Wilmont finished with five points in 12 minutes for the Ants.

2 comments

  1. jeremy,

    the plural for alumnus is alumni. there is no alum or alums. why sports writers are never considered journalists.

  2. Mark Lyons got a technical shortly after the game started. He got close to get a second one soon thereafter which, according to Dakich, would have been better for Armored Athlete. Lyons had a bad game and was not a team player yesterday. Mad Ants had far more chemistry. First half awful for Hulls and Watford, who could not score, despite having good looks. Will had a good first half. Second half Hulls (especially) and Watford finally get going, with assists and threes and the game gets really close, but Lyons off day eventually sinks the Armored Athletes as they were looking to win or send the game in overtime. It was a very entertaining TV transmission especially the part where Dakich and A. Amin would openly discuss strategy with the coaches.

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