Wolverines Dominate Second Half to Down PSU-Harrisburg

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

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Men's Basketball team led by just six points at halftime, but dismantled Penn State Harrisburg in the second half to earn a 73-52 victory over their Capital Athletic Conference rivals on Wednesday night.

Evan Anderson finished with 21 points on 6-for-7 shooting, including a 4-for-5 effort from downtown. Rasahn Brinkley and JW Lawson combined for 25 points off the bench providing a spark on both the offensive and defensive ends for the Wolverines. Jordan Johnson pitched in with eight points and team-high three steals as well. Wesley took care of the basketball, limiting their turnovers to just six on the night and forced their opponents into mistakes, causing 18 turnovers.

For the first 4:29 of the game, Wesley was held scoreless. Penn State Harrisburg was unable to capitalize on Wesley's brief offensive futility though, only scoring four points themselves. Just a few minutes later, Wesley snapped out of their funk to go on an 11-3 run to take the lead at 11-7. The Wolverines led by as many as nine points in the first half, taking a 28-19 lead on a Jordan Johnson jumper, but the Nittany Lions finished the half on a 6-3 mini-run to make it 31-25 at the half. 

In the second half, Evan Anderson literally could not miss. The freshman sharpshooter went 5-for-5 from the floor, including 4-for-4 from behind the arc for 17 second half points. His first long-distance jumper made it a 10-point game just two minutes into the half. A few minutes later Anderson drilled threes on back-to-back possessions to extend the advantage to 45-29. He brought the crowd to its feet late in the half, drilling another deep jumper despite contact and completed the four-point play at the line, making the score 71-46 with 3:28 remaining. Christian Chaney provided Wesley's final points, scoring the first two points of his collegiate career with a pair of foul shots in the final minutes as the Wolverines rolled to the victory.

Wesley improves to 9-15 on the season with a 7-10 mark in CAC play. The victory moves the Wolverines into a three-way tie for the final CAC playoff spot, leveling them with PSU-Harrisburg and Marymount. All three teams play their final regular season games on Saturday. Wesley hosts St. Mary's while PSU-Harrisburg hosts Mary Washington and Marymount travels to Christopher Newport.