WINGATE, N.C. – Tom Wright (Sydney, Australia) was 4-for-8 from long range scoring 16 points in  as the Coker men’s basketball team dropped their opening game of the 2010 OrthoCarolina Classic 71-58 to host Wingate University on Friday night. The Cobras will now face Shaw University at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday in the conciliation game of the tournament.

With the exception of Wright the Cobras struggled shooting all game hitting just 36.2 percent of their shots from the field, while hitting just 63.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Wingate Bulldogs also forced 24 Cobra turnovers.

In addition to Wright’s 16 points he also grabbed four rebounds and Jonathon Gardner (Florence, S.C.) added nine points and three rebounds. Liam Kyle (Cleveland, Ohio) knocked down six points with five rebounds and freshman Eren Moses (New York, N.Y.) had a team high eight rebounds while adding six points.

Paidrick Matilus (Boynton Beach, Fla.) had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to spark the Wingate offense. Sophomore forward Odell Turner (Charlotte, N.C.) added 11 points in only 16 minutes of action. Junior guard Jaime Vaughn (Tallahassee, Fla.) and freshman guard Nick Ross (Carrollton, Texas) contributed 10 points each for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, taking on Francis Marion University at 4 p.m. in the championship match-up of the 2010 OrthoCarolina Classic. Coker will take on Shaw University at 2 p.m. in the consolation game. Francis Marion outlasted Shaw 87-78 in Saturday’s early game.

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