#10 Men’s Hoops Wins OT Thriller over St. Mary’s

#10 Men’s Hoops Wins OT Thriller over St. Mary’s

DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's 10th-ranked men's basketball team defeated Capital Athletic Conference rival St. Mary's, 64-62, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Wentworth Gymnasium.  The Wolverines finish the regular season with a 22-2 overall record and a 14-2 mark in the CAC and has home court advantage throughout next week's CAC Tournament.  The Seahawks fall to 18-7 on the year and 11-5 in league play.

All of the scoring in the overtime period came in the opening minutes as David Langan first gave Wesley the lead at 4:32.  A putback by Seahawks center Macgyver Biniak tied the score just over a minute later but when the Wolverines went back inside to Langan, he drew a double team and hit Quincy Pettiford for a midrange jumper with 3:15 remaining for the game-winner.

Seniors Brandin Youngblood, Langan and Eric Selby all scored in double figures to lead the Wolverines in their final regular season games.  Youngblood finished with 15 while Langan recorded a double-double 13 points and ten rebounds while also dishing out five assists, three steals and a couple blocks.  Selby added 12 points along with four assists.

Also coming up big for Wesley down the stretch was AJ Tilghman who sank a pair of free throws with just over a minute left in the second half to tie the score.  The sophomore finished with eight points off the bench.

St. Mary's led by as many as nine points midway through the first half after going on an extended run.  However, the Wolverines were quick to respond, going on a 9-2 run which was capped off by a triple by Wayne Lennon (7 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks).  The Seahawks regrouped, unfortunately, and upped their advantage back to 30-22 with 2:53 remaining in the period by Youngblood and Selby scored the final six points of the period and sent Wesley into the break down just 30-28.

The teams went neck-and-neck throughout the second half with neither team leading by more than four points.  After Tilghman's shots from the stripe were good with just over a minute left, Nick Laguerre hit a big jumper with 46 ticks left but Langan's layup 12 seconds later tied the score at 60, sending the game into overtime.

Wesley has a first round bye in the CAC Tournament and will host a Semifinal Game at 7 pm on Thursday, February 27.