WATERVILLE, Maine – The 20th-ranked Wesleyan University men's basketball team dropped its final regular season game of the 2015-16 season Saturday afternoon to NESCAC foe Colby College on the road, 73-64.
Wesleyan: 18-6, 5-5 NESCAC
Colby: 16-8, 4-6 NESCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- For the second time in as many days, the Cardinals came out hot to open the game but couldn't keep the momentum rolling.
- Three players scored in double-figures for Wesleyan – BJ Davis '16, Joseph Kuo '17 and Jack Mackey '16. Davis scored a team-high 14 points, while Kuo and Mackey dropped 12 and 10, respectively. Mackey also dished out five assists to lead the Cardinals, while Rashid Epps '16 and Kevin O'Brien '19 grabbed seven rebounds each.
- The Mules were led by Patrick Stewart, who netted a game-high 20 points. Chris Hudnut added 19, while Luke Westman scored 13. Westman and Ryan Jann pulled in five boards.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Leading 8-6 early on, the Cardinals went on a 7-0 run capped off by a lay-up from Joe Edmonds '16 as the Mules were forced to call a timeout.
- Colby responded and slowly cut into the lead. Stewart hit three shots from beyond-the-arc in less than four minutes as the Mules scored eight unanswered to take a 20-19 lead at the 8:53 mark.
- The game went back-and-forth over the next couple of minutes before a jumper by Pat Dickert put the home team ahead for good at the 4:46 mark, 29-28.
- The Mules held a 36-31 lead at halftime.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Colby led the entire second half and claimed a double-digit lead with 14:19 to play following a basket by Hudnut.
- A three-pointer shortly after cut the deficit to seven, but Wesleyan would never get closer than that mark the rest of the way.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- With a 5-5 record in conference play, Wesleyan has secured the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC tournament and will face fourth-seeded Middlebury on the road Saturday, Feb. 20.