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Men's Basketball Defends Little Three Crown

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – On Friday, Feb. 9, the Wesleyan University men's basketball team claimed its second-consecutive Little Three Championship outright and has now won at least a share of the crown in each of the past three seasons.

With Amherst's win over Williams on Friday night, the Cardinals claimed the title outright with a 3-1 record against its archrivals. Wesleyan defeated then-No. 3 Williams on the road in overtime, 72-67, on Dec. 2, and fell short in another difficult overtime battle against the Ephs on Jan. 5 by a score of 76-68. The Cardinals would then head to Amherst, Mass. to earn a 70-66 win on the road on Jan. 13, and for the third-consecutive season, Wesleyan routed the Mammoths at home, 71-57, on Feb. 6. It was the Cardinals' fifth-straight win over Amherst.

Wesleyan went 24 years without a Little Three Championship but head coach Joe Reilly—who won his 300th career game on Friday night with a win over Colby—has revitalized the program. The Cardinals claimed a share of the title with Amherst in 2015-16 to end the streak and the team has won it outright the past two seasons. Wesleyan has 16 total championships.

The Cardinals posted a 7-3 NESCAC mark in regular-season play to earn the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Tournament. Wesleyan will host fifth-seeded Middlebury on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. A full preview will be available on athletics.wesleyan.edu later in the week.

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