LEWISTON, Maine – Austin Hutcherson scored his third, 30-point game of the season with 35 points while going 9-of-14 from 3-point range to help lead the 25th-ranked Wesleyan University men's basketball team to an 85-75 win on the road against Bates College Friday night.
The nine 3-pointers by Hutcherson tied a Wesleyan single-game record, joining Joe Edmonds '16 who set the mark on Feb. 20, 2015, against Hamilton. Hutcherson now has four 30-point games in his career as he helped lead the Cardinals to their seventh-consecutive win. Wesleyan is now 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the NESCAC. Bates, led by Nick Lynch and Kody Greenhalgh with 26 and 22 points, respectively, dropped to 5-13 and 2-4.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The game went back-and-forth early and often.
- After a dunk by Jordan James evened the score at 10-10, Bates scored seven unanswered.
- The Bobcats held a lead from the 15:26 mark to 2:25, with the largest margin eight points.
- Wesleyan cut into the deficit and back-to-back 3-pointers by Hutcherson gave the Cardinals a 33-30 lead at the 1:04 mark.
- Thirty seconds later, a layup by Kenny Aruwajoye cut the deficit to one, but Wesleyan had the momentum entering the break as it led 33-32.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The visitors came out strong to start the second and another trey from Hutcherson capped off a 10-2 run as they pulled ahead 43-34 with 17:30 to play.
- Roughly three minutes later, a 3-pointer by Antone Walker gave Wesleyan its first double-digit lead of the game, but Greenhalgh responded on the other end with a jumper from deep.
- The game went back-and-forth over the next several minutes until Hutcherson put it out of reach.
- The sophomore guard scored 16 points over a 4-minute, 40-second stretch including four 3-pointers. With 2:12 to play, he hit a jumper to give Wesleyan a 78-63 lead.
- With 25 second remaining, Greenhalgh cut the deficit to eight with a 3-pointer of his own, but the Bobcats wouldn't score again and two free throws by Jordan Bonner gave the Cardinals the 10-point victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hutcherson was 13-of-21 from the floor and scored 21 of his game-high 35 in the second half. He also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists. Bonner finished with 18 points, and Walker and James each scored 13. Bonner led the team with nine boards, and Walker and Bascom led the team with seven assists each.
- Lynch scored 26 points on 12-of-18 shooting and led the Bobcats with nine rebounds. Greenhalgh was 6-of-12 from downtown and Nick Gilpin led all players with eight assists.
- As a team, the Cardinals shot 41.7 percent from behind-the-arc (15-of-36) and held a commanding 42-26 advantage in rebounding.
- Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow and will play at Tufts. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.