PORTLAND, Ore. - The Wesley College Men's Basketball team touched down in Seattle, Washington after their long flight out of BWI and headed to Portland, Oregon for their first of two games against West Coast Division III squads.
The Wolverines take on Lewis and Clark College on Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. EST and then travel to nearby George Fox University to battle the Bruins on Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. EST. The team seemed excited for both games and the chance to showcase their talents far from home.
Wesley enters the road trip after having their three-game winning streak snapped by Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday. The squad shot the ball poorly and struggled to keep up with the Marlins' torrid pace as they fell 100-67 in the non-conference contest.
JW Lawson leads the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game. The junior has been limited to just 10 points in his last two games combined and is looking to regain his form on this road trip. Evan Anderson has averaged 12.5 points per game while Rasahn Brinkley and Brian Cameron have averaged 10.5 and 13.3 points per game respectively off the bench. Wesley's well-rounded scoring attack has resulted in five different Wolverines scoring at least 15 points in a game.
Brinkley and Paul Clemons have led Wesley on the boards this year with each recording two double-doubles on the season. Brinkley leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game while Clemons has pulled down 4.8 boards per contest. Tyrone Craven leads the team with 23 total assists and is the only Wolverine to record at least one assist in every game so far this season.
Wesley's recent success has been related to their focus on taking care of the ball while generating turnovers by their opponents. The Wolverines are averaging just 11.5 turnovers per game while forcing opponents into 16.3 turnovers per game, including 7.3 steals per game for the Navy and White. Lawson and Craven are leading the team defensively with 1.5 steals per game each.
Lewis and Clark College Pioneers
Lewis and Clark is 2-7 on the season with their only victories coming against Pacific Lutheran and Caltech. The Pioneers are averaging 68.8 points per game but have struggled on the defensive end, allowing opponents to shoot 48.9% from the floor while scoring 76.0 points per game.
Andrew Vickers leads a cast of six scorers averaging at least 7.0 points per game. The Pioneers' leading scorer has netted 12.1 points per contest this season, including 17.5 points in his last two games. Markel Leonard has been the team's leading three-point threat, averaging 1.7 made threes per game on 46.9% shooting from behind the arc.
George Fox University Bruins
George Fox will likely prove to be more of a challenge for the Wolverines. The Bruins are 4-6 on the season but have loaded their schedule with tough opponents from California, Wisconsin, Texas, and of course, Delaware. GFU plays an uptempo brand of basketball, much like what Wesley saw against Virginia Wesleyan, averaging 76.9 points per game while allowing opponents 84.8 points per contest.
JJ Lacey leads their offense with 15.7 points per game, shooting 49.6% from the floor on the season. Mason Green-Richards is averaging 12.3 points per game from the bench while Thomas Rico has put up 10.4 points per game this season. 10 different Bruins are averaging 10 minutes or more of play time this season, as the squad likes to use a deep rotation to tire their opponents.
Live coverage of both events will be provided by the host institutions.