It took an extra five minutes, but the Cardinals were able to get their 11th victory of the season by defeating the anchormen of Rhode Island College 79-77 in overtime. The Cardinals 11-1 start to the season is the team's first 11-1 start since the 1912-13 season when that team went onto finish the year 14-2.
The Anchormen (1-11) started the game hot from the field, opening a seven point lead on a layup by junior forward Terrance Tribble with 14:17 left in the first half. The Cardinals, winners of 11 straight games, rallied to retake the lead on a three-pointer by senior guard Jack Mackey with 6:21 left in the half. The teams traded buckets down the stretch with a late three by Wesleyan junior PJ Reed, which put the Cardinals up by four, 36-32, entering the half.
The Cardinals opened the second half on a run, increasing their lead to eight points, 43-35, on an old-fashion three point play by senior guard BJ Davis with 17:06 left in the half. RIC trimmed the deficit down to one with just over 10 minutes left in the game, but a quick 4-0 run by Wesleyan put them up by five with 9:41 left in the second half. Holding a seven point advantage, 66-59, with 2:55 remaining in the second half, RIC used a 7-0 run, with Green scoring the final five points, which included a runner in the lane with 25 seconds left, to send the game into overtime.
The Cardinals used a fast start in the extra session to take a seven point lead, which was capped by four straight points from junior guard Harry Rafferty, to take a 78-71 lead with just 39 seconds left in the contest. Green nailed a pair of late treys but it was too late as Wesleyan escaped with the victory.
Wesleyan was led by Davis' 20 points with Reed tossing in 14 of his own. Junior forward Joseph Kuo (14 points) and senior forward Rashid Epps (12 points), were also in double figures for the Cardinals. Kuo also grabbed eight boards, while Epps grabbed a team high nine rebounds.
RIC was lead by Green, who led all scorers with 25 points. Tribble notched a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Roosevelt Shider tossed in 13 points and freshman center Jason Jones grabbed 14 rebounds.
Wesleyan returns home on Friday January 8th to battle NESCAC rival Middlebury College at 7pm.