Wolverines Hold off St. Mary's to Earn Final Playoff Spot

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

DOVER, Del. - The past three games for the Wesley College Men's Basketball team have been "Must-Win" games. On Saturday afternoon the Wolverines won their third straight contest, beating St. Mary's College of Maryland 67-60 and earning the sixth and final playoff spot in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. 

JW Lawson led all scorers with 20 points while Wayne Lennon netted 12 in the final home game of his career. Evan Anderson and Rashan Brinkley each finished with 10 points as the Wolverines earned their third consecutive conference victory. Wesley committed just seven turnovers while forcing the Seahawks into 16, including eight steals. 

The Wolverines found themselves in an 8-0 hole to begin the game. It took the home team over five minutes to score their first field goal, but George Cook drilled a three to stretch the rim and open the scoring for Wesley. The Navy and White took a 12-11 lead a few minutes later but trailed 28-24 at the halftime break. 

Wesley opened the second half with four straight points as a Wayne Lennon jumper tied the game at 28-28. The Wolverines fell behind once again as the Seahawks crept out to a 45-39 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining, but the Wesley squad kept pounding away at the lead. With 9:42 remaining, Wayne Lennon caught the ball at the high post and then dropped a no-look dime to Rasahn Brinkley on a backdoor baseline cut. Brinkley was fouled on the way up, but still finished at the rim and completed the three-point play to give Wesley a 48-47 lead. 

The Seahawks used the three-pointer to keep a slim lead over the Wolverines and Wesley found themselves trailing 53-51 with 4:29 remaining, but the Navy and White attacked the paint and got to the free throw line. Wesley went 14-for-16 from the foul line in the final four minutes to gain, maintain, and extend the lead until time finally expired with the Wolverines earning the 67-60 victory.

Wesley improves to 10-15 on the season and moves their CAC mark to 8-10 on the year. The squad finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the conference standings, but earned the sixth seed based on CAC tiebreaker procedures. The Wolverines will travel to third-seeded University of Mary Washington on Tuesday evening to take on the Eagles at 8:00 p.m. in the CAC First Round.