Jan 25, 2014
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Jan. 25) --(Brian Katten, Wesleyan) Trailing by as many as 12 points (19-7) in the first half, and behind on the scoreboard, 49-42, with 13:45 to play, Wesleyan rallied to take the lead for good against Connecticut College, 56-54, at the 5:59 mark on a pair of sophomore BJ Davis free throws and went on to capture a 77-68 NESCAC men's basketball victory here today. Both teams are now 1-3 in conference play.
Wesleyan snapped a five-game losing skid this season while Conn dropped its third in a row and fourth in its last five outings.
Davis led all scorers in the game with a career-best-tying 21 points, including a remarkable 14-for-14 effort at the line. He dropped in 10 free throws in the final 4:21 of the contest to help the Cardinals pull away to as much as a 12-point lead of their own, 75-63, in the final minute. Wesleyan also got 19 points from sophomore Joe Edmonds, as he bagged a pair of three-pointers down the stretch, one at 4:40 and another at 2:25, to keep Wesleyan's margin comfortable.
The Cardinals had 11 treys in the game while Connecticut College picked up 10.
Connecticut College had five players reach double-digits as sophomore Bo McKinley led his squad with 14 points, followed by senior Mason Lopez with 13. Seniors Matt Vadas and Rob Harrigan, along with freshman Zuri Pavlin all added 12 points for the Camels.
McKinley also had five assists and three steals in an active day. Pavlin turned in a double-double as he grabbed a game-high 14 boards.
The Cardinals got 15 points and a team-leading seven caroms from freshman Harry Rafferty. Freshman Joseph Kuo came off the Wesleyan bench as added six rebounds and three blocks to the cause. Davis contributed five assists and five rebounds along with his 21 points.
Wesleyan is now 38-21 all-time vs. Connecticut College and has taken four of the last five meetings of the squads. Ahead for Wesleyan is a NESCAC home game vs. Bates Fri., Jan. 31. Connecticut College returns to action Tues., Jan. 28, visiting Fisher for a non-conference game.