Wesleyan Edged by Archrival Williams on the Road, 62-60

Photo by Alex Serbetzian
Photo by Alex Serbetzian

THE BASICS:

Score: Williams 62, Wesleyan 60
Records:
Wesleyan (16-5, 4-4 NESCAC); Williams (15-6, 3-4 NESCAC)
Location: Williamstown, Mass.
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 7 p.m.
The Lead: Harry Rafferty '19 scored a game-high 23 points but it wasn't enough as the No. 23 Wesleyan University men's basketball team was edged by Little Three rival Williams College on the road Friday night, 62-60.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan jumped out to a 10-0 run to start the game and held Williams scoreless for the first 5:57 of play.
  • However, the Cardinals struggled offensively the rest of the quarter as the Ephs slowly cut into the deficit.
  • Williams' first three baskets of the game were from downtown, and another three-pointer at the 3:08 mark by James Heskett put the home team ahead for the first time, up 18-16.
  • The Ephs continued to increase their lead down the stretch and a free throw from Daniel Aronowitz with :02 on the clock gave Williams a 25-18 halftime lead.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The home team began to pull away early in the second half as another three from Heskett gave the Ephs a 35-24 lead with 15:14 to play in regulation.
  • Wesleyan wouldn't back down and responded with a 9-1 run to get within three at the 13:05 mark.
  • Shortly after, Jordan Bonner '19 completed a four-point play to cut the deficit to one, 38-37.
  • However, the one-point deficit proved to be the closest Wesleyan would get the rest of the way.
  • Trailing by seven with 3:35 to play, a three-pointer by Andrew Gardiner '19 followed by a jumper from Rafferty put the game within two, 52-50, but Williams answered with a  three from Aronowitz just seconds later.
  • Rafferty hit two big three-pointers only seven seconds apart, but Aronowitz went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Rafferty finished with 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting and went 3-of-5 from downtown. He was joined in double-figures by Bonner who scored 12 points. Joseph Kuo '17 and Kevin O'Brien '19 led the team with seven rebounds each.
  • Aronowitz scored 17 points to lead the Ephs, while also pulling in a game-high nine rebounds. Heskett dropped 14 on 5-of-6 shooting, including a 3-for-4 performance from three-point range, and Kyle Scadlock added 11 points and seven boards.
  • Friday's game featured just one lead change and zero ties.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Wesleyan's loss snapped a four-game winning streak against the Ephs. The last time the Cardinals won four-straight against their Little Three rivals was 1946-through-1949.
  • Friday's game was the second meeting between the two squads this season, as Wesleyan won the first matchup 72-62 in Silloway Gymnasium on Dec. 3rd.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to the court Tuesday, Feb. 7 for a non-conference road game against Little Three rival Amherst. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
  • Williams remains at home and will host Connecticut College Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.

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