ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Wesley College Men's Basketball team dug themselves quite a hole in the first half of Sunday's final of the Rinso Marquette Tournament. At halftime the Wolverines trailed Lebanon Valley College 29-10, but the team battled back nearly turning the tables on the Dutchmen but ultimately fell 58-53.
Evan Anderson led the Wolverines with 19 points and nabbed a pair of steals while JW Lawson had 17 points and four steals for Wesley. Brian Cameron contributed off the bench with a career-high 10 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes of play.
Wesley shot just 15.4% from the floor in the first half, struggling to crack the Dutchmen defense. Lebanon Valley shot 10-for-24 from the floor during that time, extending their lead throughout the first half as the Wolverines struggled to generate an offense.
The second half was a different story as the Wolverines attacked the rim and found easier shots. The team shot a much-improved 51.5% from the floor as they cut into the lead. The Wolverines opened the frame with nine straight points, and in just 5:32 cut the lead to four points. With 3:39 left the Wolverines took a 50-49 lead on a trio of Cameron foul shots.
LVC regained the lead late in the half and forced the Wolverines into desperation mode. In the final two minutes the Wolverines scrambled to get takeaways and cut into the Dutchmen lead. JW Lawson swiped a turnover and a dunk to cut the deficit to 56-53 with under a minute to go, but the Dutchmen drilled a pair of foul shots and held Wesley without a bucket in the end to earn the 58-53 victory.
The Wolverines move to 1-2 on the young season and will continue their challenging non-conference schedule with a game against Catholic on November 27.