MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior guard B.J. Davis hit seven three-pointers for a game-high 22 points as the Wesleyan University men's basketball team defeated NESCAC foe Bates College Saturday afternoon, 82-67, in Silloway Gymnasium.
Wesleyan: 15-4, 3-3 NESCAC
Bates: 9-9, 3-3 NESCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Davis went 7-of-10 from downtown to lead all scorers as the Cardinals used a 16-point halftime lead to cruise to victory.
- The senior guard was joined in double-figures by Harry Rafferty '17 who scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from deep. Nathan Krill '18 grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and Jack Mackey '16 dished out a game-high six assists. Wesleyan shot 51.0% (25-49) from the floor and 56.5% (13-23) from beyond-the-arc.
- Five different players scored in double-figures for the Bobcats, who were led by Mike Boornazian's 19 points. Malcom Delpeche added 11, while Marcus Delpeche, Shawn Strickland and Mike Newton each scored 10. Malcom Delpeche also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Newton registered three steals. Bates was held to 33.9% (20-59) shooting from the floor and just 11.5% (3-26) from three-point range.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Wesleyan came out strong to start the game as Davis opened the scoring with a three-pointer at the 19:21 mark, giving the home team the lead, 3-0 and they never looked back.
- A lay-up by Mike Newton with 14:10 to play cut the deficit to one, 13-12, but Wesleyan retaliated with a 13-1 run capped off by off steal and fast break lay-up by O'Brien.
- The Bobcats got within five at the 4:42 mark after a pair of free throws by Mike Boornazian before another Cardinals run in which they scored 12 unanswered. Rafferty hit three consecutive three-pointers during the stretch in under two minutes to give the home team a 17-point advantage.
- Rafferty added two foul shots in the closing seconds to give Wesleyan a 42-26 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Bates outscored Wesleyan in the second half, 41-40, but the halftime deficit proved to be too much.
- A pair of free throws by Newton cut the deficit to 12 (54-42) at the 14:38 mark, but a 7-0 Wesleyan run capped off by a lay-up from Jordan Sears '18 match the Cardinals largest lead of the game as they pulled ahead, 61-42 with 12:54 to play.
- During the run, Mackey cut to the basket and made a spectacular no-look, over-the-shoulder pass to a wide open PJ Reed '17 who buried the three-pointer.
- The Bobcats got within 11 on several occasions, but it was the closest they would get as Wesleyan prevailed with a 13-point win.
- Wesleyan returns to the court next Saturday, Jan. 30 and will host Conn. College at 3 p.m.
- Bates is back in action next Saturday and will head to Tufts. Tip-off is also scheduled for 3 p.m.