MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior guard B.J. Davis scored his 1,000th career point as the 25th-ranked Wesleyan University men's basketball team used a second half rally to defeat Connecticut College in NESCAC play Saturday afternoon, 87-79.
Wesleyan: 16-4, 4-3 NESCAC
Connecticut College: 12-7, 3-4 NESCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wesleyan trailed the entire first half but outscored the Camels, 53-37 in the final 20 minutes of regulation to earn its fourth-consecutive win.
- Five different players scored in double-figures for Wesleyan – Rashid Epps '16 (19 points), Davis (14), Joe Edmonds '16 (10), Joseph Kuo '17 (10) and Nathan Krill '18 (10). Epps was 8-of-10 from the floor and grabbed five rebounds, while Krill led the team with nine boards. Davis dished out a team-high five assists, and Kevin O'Brien '19 scored nine points, recorded eight rebounds, registered four assists and tallied two steals.
- The Cardinals shot an impressive 56.5% (35-62) from the floor, and held a decisive, 52-26 advantage in points in the paint.
- Daniel Janel scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Camels. Bo McKinley and Lee Messier each scored 11, and Isaiah Robinson added 10. Tyler Rowe scored eight points, dished out a game-high nine assists, and recorded a game-high five steals.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Conn. College came out strong to start the game and jumped out to an 8-2 lead following consecutive three-pointers by McKinley.
- Wesleyan went on a 5-0 run in less than two minutes to get within one. However, the Cardinals were unable to even the score or take a lead in the first 20 minutes of action.
- After a pair of free throws by McKinley put the Camels up six, Davis hit an acrobatic lay-up and was fouled. He converted the three-point play.
- Conn. College responded with a 5-0 run to take its biggest lead of the first, up 32-24.
- Wesleyan got within three, following a lay-up by Kuo, but the Camels would eventually take an eight-point lead at the break, up 42-34.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The Cardinals rallied in the second half.
- Trailing by three with 14:24 to play in regulation, Harry Rafferty '17 hit one from downtown just 15 seconds later to even the score for the first time, 48-48.
- Minutes later, Rafferty connected on another three-pointer to give Wesleyan its first lead of the game with 12:14 remaining, 53-50.
- Wesleyan continued to increase its lead, and a dish from Edmonds to Krill for the lay-up capped off a 19-4 run by the home team as Wesleyan pulled ahead, 59-50.
- Messier responded with a three-pointer, but Edmonds hit one of his own just seconds later to keep the Cardinals lead at nine.
- With 5:48 to play, Krill connected on another lay-up to give Wesleyan its first double-digit lead of the game as it went up by 11 (70-59).
- The Camels didn't back down and got within four at the 2:05 mark following a three-pointer from Rowe. However, it was the closest Conn. College would get the rest of the way as the Cardinals pulled off the come-from-behind victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Davis entered today's game just 14 points shy of the 1,000-point milestone.
- With 13 points, four fouls and just :43 remaining on the clock, Davis went to the foul line. He missed his first shot but hit the second to etch his name in the Wesleyan record books as he finished with 14 points on the day.
- Wesleyan returns to the court Monday, Feb. 1 and will travel to non-conference foe Emmanuel. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
- The Camels are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 3 and will head to Western Connecticut for a 7:30 p.m. contest.