DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's men's basketball team dropped its season opener to Ramapo College, 69-62, in a physical contest on Saturday afternoon at Wentworth Gymnasium.
The Wolverines, who shot just 20-of-60 (33.3%) from the floor and 17-of-32 (53.1%) from the line, were able to overcome a 12 point first half lead to take the advantage late in the second half but the Roadrunners closed the game on a 13-3 run to earn the win.
Four Wesley players scored in double figures, led by Wayne Lennon with 15 points along with eight rebounds and a trio of baskets from long distance. Newcomers JW Lawson and Jordan Johnson (nine rebounds) had 13 and ten points, respectively, and AJ Tilghman finished with 11 points. Johnson had more points and rebounds than he did all of last season at Averett University as he also went 8-of-10 from the stripe.
A ferocious Wolverines defense forced 27 Ramapo turnovers on the day and turned it into 24 points which allowed Wesley to claw back into the game. Trailing by ten at the half, Lennon and Tilghman opened the second period with a pair of threes and eventually cut the deficit to a single point. Anthony Bowers later sunk a trifecta with 11:06 left to give Wesley its first lead of the game, 44-43.
Ramapo answered right back with a three and the lead went back-and-forth for a couple minutes before back-to-back layups by Lawson gave the Wolverines their largest advantage at 59-56 with 4:52 left to play.
Markese Tucker (18 points) and Frank Nock (17 points) scored half of Ramapo's points in the final five minutes. The Roadrunners shot 50% from the floor and 21-of-27 (77.8%) from the line while also out-rebounding Wesley, who was without lone senior Quincy Pettiford, 47-28 on the day.
Wesley will look to even its record on November 18 when it travels to Gwynedd Mercy for a 7 pm tipoff.