DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Men's Basketball team earned a trio of conference wins in their last three contests and will now travel to Virginia Beach to take on the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan College in a non-conference battle on Saturday, December 17.
The Wolverines and Marlins played last year in Wesley's season opener. The Navy and White edged the Marlins 92-91, knocking the visitors from their perch at No. 2 in the national rankings entering the game. JW Lawson had 33 points in that game while Rasahn Brinkley notched 17 points, including the game-winning tip-in with just two seconds remaining.
The loss will likely be fresh on VWC's mind as they enter Saturday hosting the Wolverines. The opener seemed to set the tone for the Marlins season as the preseason No. 2 team in the nation did not meet their lofty expectations, finshing the year 18-9 and falling in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference semifinals.
The Marlins are 6-2 so far this year and have split a pair of games against Capital Athletic Conference opponents. VWC beat Frostburg State 78-62 earlier this season before falling to Salisbury 68-60 more recently. The squad plays an uptempo style with 13 players on the roster receiving at least five minutes of action per game.
Senior guard Khory Moore leads the team in scoring, dropping an average of 24.0 points per game while Tim Jones is the only other member of the team averaging double-digit scoring at 13.1 ppg. The Marlins work fast, averaging 84.1 points per game, more than any team in the CAC, but are allowing their opponents 70.8 points per game as well.
Wesley has played well during their three-game streak, receiving strong efforts from several different places to secure three very important conference victories. Freshman Brian Cameron has stepped up in those three contests for the Wolverines, averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Against York, Wesley's leading scorer JW Lawson was held without a bucket, but Cameron scored a season-high 19 points to carry the offensive load for Wesley and lead them to a win.
Rasahn Brinkley has also stepped up his game recently, posting back-to-back double-doubles in Wesley's previous two outings. Against Frostburg, the senior forward netted 19 points and grabbed 15 boards. Against York he finished with 10 and 11 as the Wolverines held on for a win.
The Wolverines will battle the Marlins on Saturday, December 17 with tipoff scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Coastal Virginia. Live coverage will be provided by the Virginia Wesleyan College Sports Information office.