Score: Wesleyan 85, Conn. College 75
Records: Wesleyan (16-4, 4-3 NESCAC); Conn. College (11-8, 2-5 NESCAC)
Location: New London, Conn.
Date: Saturday, January 28
Time: 3 p.m.
The Lead: Seniors Joseph Kuo and Harry Rafferty, as well as sophomore Jordan Bonner each scored at least 20 points as the No. 25 Wesleyan University men's basketball team pulled away late to defeat Connecticut College on the road Saturday afternoon, 85-75.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The first 20 minutes of action featured six ties and nine lead changes.
- After several minutes of back-and-forth action, Wesleyan went on the first run of the game beginning at the 11:15 mark as the Cardinals scored 11 unanswered. A three-pointer by Bonner at the 8:45 mark capped off the run as the visitor's took a 19-13 lead.
- It proved to be the largest margin of the first half.
- Conn. College slowly cut into the deficit and evened the score at 25-25 off a three-pointer from Tyler Rowe with 4:01 to play.
- Knotted at 31 apiece, Nathan Krill '18 hit one from downtown with just :01 left on the clock to give Wesleyan a 34-31 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Early in the second half, it was a similar story until the Cardinals went on an 11-3 run which started with a three-pointer by Rafferty at the 11:05 mark, and ended with a three-pointer from the senior minutes later as Wesleyan went ahead, 66-54 with 7:41 to play in regulation.
- The Camels didn't back down and went on a run of their own, scoring 17 of the next 20 points to regain a lead at the 3:14 mark, 71-69, following a three-pointer from Lee Messier.
- Wesleyan, however, responded with an 8-0 run as Bonner hit one from downtown with 1:07 remaining to put the Cardinals up 77-71.
- The closest Conn. College would get the rest of the way was four points as Wesleyan sealed the win from the line, going a perfect 8-for-8 in the final minute.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Bonner scored a career-high 23 points coming off the bench as he went 6-of-10 from the floor, 4-of-6 from downtown and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. He also pulled in six rebounds and dished out three assists. Kuo came off the bench as well and scored 20 points on 10-of-16 shooting with six boards, and Rafferty dropped 20 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out a game-high five assists.
- Conn. College was led by Rowe, who scored a game-high 32 points. He was joined in double-figures by Zuri Pavlin who dropped 11 points and pulled in eight rebounds. Colin Pascoe grabbed a game-high nine boards, and David Labossiere scored nine points, corralled seven rebounds, blocked three shots, and recorded an assist and steal.
- Wesleyan shot 50% (9-of-18) from behind-the-arc, and the Cardinals' bench outscored the Camels' bench, 45-18. Saturday's game featured 10 ties and 12 lead changes.
- The Cardinals are back in action Friday, Feb. 3 and will head to Williamstown, Mass. for a 7 p.m. tip-off against Little Three rival Williams.
- Conn. College returns to the court Wednesday, Feb. 1 and will host non-conference foe Western Conn. State at 7 p.m.