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Men's Basketballs Routs Manhattanville, 99-62

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Austin Hutcherson dropped a game-high 25 points as the Wesleyan University men's basketball team rolled past Manhattanville College, 99-62, in its first game of the new year on Wednesday night. The Cardinals' 99 points are a season-high.

Wesleyan dominated all areas of the game as it improved to 8-3 on the year with its fifth-straight win. The Valiants were led by Sean Smith's 19 points as they dropped to 6-7 overall.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan came out hot to start the game and jumped out to a 10-0 lead following a layup by Austin Hutcherson at the 17:33 mark.
  • Wesleyan continued to increase its lead and with 7:51 remaining in the half, a layup by Antone Walker put the home team up by 20 (34-14).
  • The Cardinals closed out the half on a 15-4 run to lead 49-21 at the break.
  • Hutcherson led all players with 16 points at halftime.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It was much of the same in the second half as the Cardinals opened with a 15-6 run to pull ahead by 37 as they never looked back.
  • Wesleyan led by as much as 45 in the final 20 minutes of play en route to the decisive victory.
  • Jordan Bonner led the Cardinals in the second half with 10 points and Jens Ulrich-Verderber dropped seven in only six minutes of action.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Five players scored in double-figures for Wesleyan. Walker dropped 13, Jordan James scored 12, and Bonner and JR Bascom each scored 10. Bonner and James also recorded double-doubles with 14 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Bascom, Bonner, and Hutcherson led the team with three assists each. 
  • Smith was the lone Manhattanville player in double-digits as the rest of the starters scored just nine points. Connor Yetman led the team with eight boards and Petey Galgano had a game-high eight assists.
  • Wesleyan held a 55-32 edge in rebounding and outscored the Valiants in the paint, 60-26.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action on Friday, Jan. 4 and will open NESCAC play with an away game against No. 2 Williams. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.