BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Wesley College Men's Basketball team trailed by nine at halftime but completed a courageous comeback to defeat Capital Athletic Conference foe Southern Virginia University 70-66 on Saturday afternoon.
JW Lawson led the Wolverines with 26 points, including 21 in the second half, to lift the Wolverines to the win. Brian Cameron added 14 points while George Cook finished with seven points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals from the point guard position.
Wesley struggled defensively in the first half, allowing Southern Virginia to score 42 points on 17-for-29 shooting. The Knights began the game on an 18-5 run and never looked back, leaving the Wolverines in the dust. The Wolverines hung around throughout the first half, climbing back to within three points with four minutes left, but could not get over the top as the home team took a 42-33 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, Lawson took over for the Wolverines on the offensive end. The junior slashing guard opened the frame with 10 straight points for the Navy and White, all coming on layups. The confidence exuded by the junior was contagious as the Wolverines mounted their comeback. Freshmen Derick Charles and Tolu Babalola each drained jumpers, and Lawson popped off a pair of three-pointers to tie the game at 54-54 with 10:27 remaining.
A three from Brian Cameron followed by a steal and a bucket from George Cook gave Wesley a seven-point lead with 3:25 remaining. Southern Virginia cut the lead to 66-64 with 1:14 to go and chose not to foul in hopes of getting a stop. Wesley got up a good shot on the next possession and Cameron pulled down a crucial offensive rebound to allow Wesley to run off more time from the clock. From that point, the Knights were forced to foul, sending Evan Anderson to the line. The sophomore sharpshooter went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 30 seconds to provide the difference as the Wolverines held on for a 70-66 comeback win.
Wesley improves to 2-5 on the year with a 1-1 mark in the CAC. The squad will take on another conference foe after finals week, facing Frostburg State on December 11.