Last-Second Shot Lifts Wolverines over Bobcats

Photo Credit: Jamie Wilson - D3photography.com
Photo Credit: Jamie Wilson - D3photography.com

FROSTBURG, Md. - With five seconds remaining, Wesley College Men's Basketball senior Anthony Bowers drilled a pull-up jumper to give the Wolverines an 84-82 lead over Frostburg State University as the squad held on for the crucial Capital Athletic Conference victory on Saturday afternoon.

Bowers finished with 13 points, including the two that decided the game. Wayne Lennon added a double-double scoring 14 and grabbing 14 boards while JW Lawson led all scorers with 30 points from off the bench. Jordan Johnson finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Rasahn Brinkley scored six and grabbed nine.

Wesley fell behind 10-2 to begin the game as Frostburg jumped out to a fast start. The Wolverines responded with an 11-3 run over the next 4:08 to tie the game at 13-13 on a pair of Brinkley free throws. The Navy and White trailed 38-32 with under two minutes in the first half, but Lennon drilled a three to cut the lead in half. After the two teams traded baskets down the stretch, the Wolverines entered the locker room trailing 40-37 at halftime.

In the second half, Wesley battled back from a seven-point deficit in the early going to take a 59-58 lead on a Lennon jumper with 11:07 remaining. The squad led by as many as five in the second half, taking a 75-70 lead with just over four minutes to play. Jordan Johnson kept the Wolverines ahead, putting them up 77-72 with 46 seconds left but the Bobcats scored five unanswered points in the final 35 seconds of regulation to tie the game and force an overtime period. 

In the extra period, Wesley fell behind by three after Frostburg drilled a shot from long distance with 1:48 remaining. Trailing 82-79, Wesley point guard Tyrone Craven attacked the basket and drew a foul, hitting the first but missing the second foul shot. Wesley snagged the rebound though, and drew another foul on the ensuing possession. Evan Anderson drilled both shots to tie the game with 1:01 remaining. On the Bobcats' next offensive attempt, Wayne Lennon swatted a layup away and grabbed the rebound. From there, Bowers took the ball and drilled the clutch shot to give the Wolverines the lead and the victory.

Wesley improves to 8-15 on the year and grab their sixth conference win, moving to 6-10 on the year. The squad sits one game back of the sixth and final CAC playoff spot and finishes their regular season with a pair of home games, hosting PSU-Harrisburg on Wednesday night and taking on St. Mary's on Saturday.