MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Saturday afternoon's NESCAC men's basketball matchup between No. 19 Wesleyan University and Connecticut College proved to be a tale of two halves as the Cardinals outscored the Camels 49-19 in the final 20 minutes of regulation en route to the commanding 89-51 victory.
Four players scored in double-figures for Wesleyan as freshman Austin Hutcherson led the way with a game-high 20 points. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the NESCAC. Connecticut College drops to 6-11 overall and remains winless in conference play with a 0-5 mark.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan trailed 7-4 early on but went on an 8-0 run capped off by a three from Hutcherson to give the home team a 12-7 lead at the 14:42 mark.
- Conn. College, however, rallied with an 8-0 run of its own as Dan Draffan hit one from downtown to put the Camels back on top, 15-12.
- The game went back-and-forth for much of the first half and featured seven ties and seven lead changes.
- With 5:03 remaining before the break, Jordan Bonner '19 hit one from behind-the-arc to give Wesleyan a 30-27 lead—this time for good.
- The Cardinals scored seven unanswered to lead 34-27 with 3:26 on the clock. Conn. College got within two, but Wesleyan pulled away again and a jumper by Elijah Wilson '20 before the buzzer put the home team ahead 40-32 at halftime.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It was all Wesleyan in the final 20 minutes of play.
- The Cardinals opened the half on a 17-0 run capped off by a three from Hutcherson at the 15:47 mark, essentially putting the game out of reach with a 25-point margin.
- Wesleyan led by 20 or more points the rest of the way en route to the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hutcherson was 4-of-5 from three-point range. He was joined in double-figures by Bonner with 16, Nathan Krill '18 with 11 and David Dixon '20 with 10. Krill led all players with nine rebounds and Jordan Sears '18 led all players in assists (5), steals (4), and blocks (3).
- David Labossiere led Conn. College with 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting and was joined by Dan Draffan in double-figures with 11 and a team-high six boards. Jack Zimmerman dished out a team-high four assists.
- Wesleyan shot 60.6% (20-33) from the floor in the second half and went 8-of-17 (47.1%) from downtown. For the game, the Cardinals shot 45.2% (14-31) from three-point range.
- Wesleyan returns to the court Monday, Jan. 22 and will play at Purchase State. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.