YORK, Pa. - The Wesley College Men's Basketball team held off a rally from a pesky York College Spartans squad to earn a 63-58 victory over their Capital Athletic Conference opponent on Wednesday night in York.
Brian Cameron had a career night, scoring 19 points and adding seven rebounds and a pair of steals to lead the Wolverines. Rasahn Brinkley added a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists while Paul Clemons scored 15 points and added eight boards.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead scoring seven straight after a York three to take a four-point lead. Later in the quarter, the Wolverines used a 9-0 run to take a 25-12 lead over the Spartans. Seven straight points from Cameron spurred the run as the Navy and White ran out in front of their opponents. A pair of free throws from Brinkley gave Wesley their largest lead of the half at 32-17, but York scored in the final minutes to enter halftime at 32-19.
Wesley held off the Spartans for the first portion of the second half but a 9-2 run brought York to within five points of the Wolverines. Wesley had a response for every York run though. Brian Cameron drilled a mid-range jumper to end the York run, and Brinkley finished a layup to keep the Spartans at bay later in the half. Midway through the second half, Wesley gave themselves some breathing room with a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 10 points. A transition layup by Evan Anderson on a smooth pass from Tyrone Craven gave Wesley a 49-39 lead with 8:54 to go.
In the final minutes the Spartans applied pressure, closing to within five points again with a three pointer. The triple made it 61-56 with 26 seconds left. Wesley went 3-for-4 from the foul line in the final minute and kept York at bay as the Wolverines rolled to a 63-58 win.
The victory comes on an emotional day for the Wolverines. Earlier in the afternoon it was announced that long-time Wesley Head Coach Jim Wentworth passed away. "Coach Wentworth IS Wesley Basketball," said current Head Coach Dean Burrows. "Hearing how much his players loved him and how they interacted and sought him out. It's a true testament to who Coach Wentworth was and the impact he had on not only his players but the Wesley community."
Wesley improves to 4-4 on the season with a 3-1 mark in the CAC. The squad will return to action on Saturday, December 17 when they travel to Virginia Wesleyan College to take on the Marlins.