NEW LONDON, Conn.--Shasha Brown (Harlem, N.Y.) scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half to lead the Wesleyan University men's basketball team to a 71-41 victory at Connecticut College Saturday.
Brown finished with 18 points and six rebounds for the visitors, who stormed out to a 24-6 lead en route to a 33-17 halftime advantage.
The Cardinals (9-10, 3-4 NESCAC) had great motion in their offense and they were not missing shots. Senior guard Derick Beresford (Hampton, Ga.) poured in 16 of his game-high 19 points in the second stanza for the visitors and had seven rebounds in the triumph.
Mike Callaghan (Madison, Conn.) finished with nine points, three rebounds and three assists while first year forward Rashid Epps (Albrightsville, Pa.) added eight points and five boards for the winning side.
Connecticut College junior Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) finished with a team-best 11 points. Vadas achieved another career milestone in the second half by passing Shavar Bernier '10 (Dover, N.H.) and moving into 10th place on the program's all-time scoring leader list with 1186 points.
Junior John Bullitt (Brookline, Mass.) netted nine points for the hosts. Jared Shill (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) finished with seven points, four rebounds and two assists for Connecticut College (6-13, 0-7).
"We played poorly today," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "Our youth and relative lack of size and strength really hurt us plus Wesleyan played exceptionally well."
Beresford buried a three-ball from the right side with 8:20 remaining to vault the Cardinals out to a 22-6 advantage. Moments later, BJ Davis (Hamden, Conn.) induced a Camel turnover and went end to end for an easy bucket that pushed the lead to 24-6 with 7:47 to go.
But Brown put on an awesome offensive display in the closing moments, authoring his own 6-0 run to push the lead back to 32-15 with 1:56 remaining.
Connecticut College junior Tyrone Turner (New York, N.Y.) tipped his own shot with 1:36 left before Chris Tugman (Toronto, Ontario) closed out the first half scoring with a free throw that put the visitors on top 33-17 at the intermission.
Vadas buried a triple with 18:54 remaining in the second half to make it a 33-20 game. But Beresford answered for the Cardinals, first with a three and then by adding a deuce to make it a 38-20 contest with 18:03 remaining. The Camels could not get any closer than 16 points the rest of the afternoon and the visitors continued to pull away for the 71-41 win.
Wesleyan shot 49% from the field (29-for-59) and held a 41-to-28 edged on the backboards.
The Cardinals host the United States Merchant Marine Academy Monday at 7 while the Camels look to get back in the winning column when they take on Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in New London.