Men’s Hoops Upset At Stevenson
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Despite a game-high 22 points by Paul Reynolds, the Wesley College men's basketball team was upset by Stevenson University, 70-67, Wednesday night in Capital Athletic Conference action. The loss moves the Wolverines to 8-12 overall and 6-5 in the CAC while the Mustangs improve to 5-16 on the season and 2-10 in league play.
Wesley led 23-11 with 7:47 remaining in the first half after a layup by Reynolds, but the Mustangs closed the period on an 18-6 run to go into halftime tied at 29.
The second half featured 15 lead changes and seven ties as neither team could manage a lead more than three points. The Wolverines led 64-62 with 4:35 remaining but Stevenson was fouled on a three-point attempt and sunk a pair of free throws the tie the score at the 4:02 mark.
A jumper by Stefon McCray gave the Mustangs a 66-64 advantage with 3:04 to play, but Reynolds cut the deficit in half, making the second of two free throws with 2:38 remaining.
Stevenson made both of their free throws at the other end on the ensuing possession, but once again, Reynolds answered the call with a layup to make the score 68-67 in favor of Stevenson with just over two minutes left.
A couple of missed opportunities at both ends kept the score deadlocked but with 13 seconds remaining Wesley was forced to foul Brett Burrier on an inbounds pass. Burrier (19 points) made both free throws and Wesley's three-point attempt fell short as time expired.
Despite narrowly getting outshot 43.3% to 42.4%, Wesley held a 48-22 advantage in the paint, forced 22 turnovers which led to 23 points and turned 15 offensive rebounds into 17 second-chance points. The saying goes that you can live or die by the three and Stevenson made nine shots from behind-the-arc while Wesley could not convert on any of its six attempts from deep.
David Langan just missed a double-double for Wesley, putting up 11 points and nine rebounds while Rasheed Carter scored a career-high nine points with three steals off the bench.
Wesley returns to Wentworth Gymnasium when it hosts Frostburg State on Saturday, February 4 at 3 pm.