NVC defeats UIW 78-72

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Liberal arts freshman Desmond Hines soars for the dunk past Cardinals guard Josh Benitez Wednesday. Photo by David Guel

Liberal arts freshman Desmond Hines soars for the dunk past Cardinals guard Josh Benitez Wednesday. Photo by David Guel

Women’s game forfeited to Lady Wildcats because of schedule conflicts.

By R.T. Gonzalez

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals were able to keep pace Wednesday night, but they couldn’t combat the ability of the Northwest Vista College Wildcats to dominate inside the paint.

The Wildcats secured a 78-72 victory in Huisache Hall.

The Wildcats tried to take control of the game early with 3-point shooting but didn’t find much success from beyond the arc.

Liberal arts freshman Desmond Hines took over late in the first half by running the ball to the basket instead of shooting from outside.

Hines dominated the paint, scoring 13 points in the first half.

Hines finished with 27 points.

The Cardinals kept the game close as they looked to kinesiology sophomore Josh Benitez for points. Benitez kept close behind Hines in the first half, scoring 12 points and finishing with 22 points.

The game remained close at the halfway point with Northwest Vista leading 40-37.

In the first 15 minutes of the second half, both teams battled and traded leads three times.

In the closing minute, Incarnate Word was down 71-69 with a chance to win the game.

The Cardinals turned to Benitez for the final shot, but with time dwindling, Benitez’s shot was off the mark, and the Wildcats held on to win 78-72.

UIW’s women’s team did not play Wednesday’s scheduled game because of players’ conflicting schedules.

The Lady Wildcats won by forfeit.

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