DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's 10th-ranked men's basketball team was edged 59-54 by Christopher Newport in the Capital Athletic Conference Semifinals on Thursday night at Wentworth Gymnasium. The Wolverines fall to 22-3 and will hope to gain an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament while the Captains (19-8) will travel to Mary Washington for the CAC Title Game on Saturday afternoon.
Defense played a major role in the low scoring affair as Wesley narrowly outshot Christopher Newport, 34.7% to 33.3% and the score was tied at 20 at the half. The Captains did force 20 Wolverines turnovers which translated into 15 points and outrebounded Wesley, 42-34, with 16 second chance points.
Tied at 38, CNU's Tra Benefield (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Connor Laframboise (13 points) hit back-to-back threes and Benefield also putback a missed layup by Tim Daly to cap an 8-0 run putting the Captains up 46-38 with 6:40 remaining. After extending the lead to as many as nine points with 2:54 left, CNU made 8-of-11 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
Mike Cherry scored a game-high 17 points for the Captains.
The NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Show will air at 12:30 pm on Monday, March 3 on NCAA.com