Wolverines Drop Overtime Heartbreaker in CAC First Round

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

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Wesley College Men's Basketball team did all it could as the six seed to earn a Capital Athletic Conference Tournament upset on Tuesday night in the first round, but fell in overtime, 92-91 to third-seeded University of Mary Washington.

Wayne Lennon, Anthony Bowers, and Rasahn Brinkley each scored 17 points while Jordan Johnson and JW Lawson added 15 apiece as the Wolverines gave the Eagles all they could handle. Lennon also finished with eight rebounds, four blocks, and three assists, leading the team in all three categories.

Wesley jumped out to an early lead, taking a 17-9 advantage on a pair of Bowers free throws with 13:20 left in the first half, but the Eagles came storming back. UMW scored eight straight to tie the game and gained the lead later in the half, taking a 34-31 advantage into the halftime locker room.

In the second half, Wesley trailed by as many as eight points just over four minutes into the frame, but Lennon and George Cook hit back-to-back threes to cut the lead down to two points. A few minutes later another Lennon three gave Wesley a 55-53 lead. The Wolverines held onto a slim lead for much of the final 11 minutes, and led 75-72 after Lennon found Brinkley for a layup with 28 seconds left. On the final possession of regulation, UMW's John Lutkenhaus hit a three with seven seconds remaining to tie the game at 77-77 and force overtime.

In the extra period, Wesley found themselves trailing quickly as the Eagles drilled a four-point play on their opening possession. The Navy and White battled back to take the lead, 83-82 with 3:32 left. From there, the Eagles pounded the interior, attacking the rim for layups. The home team took an 89-85 lead with 20 seconds remaining. Wesley continued battling until the final whistle, getting quick buckets and fouling to extend the game. Bowers drilled a halfcourt three to cut the lead to 92-91, but time ran out on the Wolverines as they fell to the Eagles in their final game of the season.

Wesley's season ends in the first round of the CAC playoffs for the second consecutive season. Mary Washington will travel to Salisbury on Thursday night to take on the second-seeded Sea Gulls.

Wesley will graduate Bowers and Lennon, two of the program's top-20 scorers. Both were four-year lettermen, and integral parts of the Wolverines' recent success.