ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Wesley College's men's basketball team nearly overcame a pair of second half double-digit deficits, falling to Greensboro, 81-76 on Saturday afternoon at the Roger Taylor Invitational hosted by North Carolina Wesleyan. The Wolverines fall to 1-3 on the year while the Pride evens their record at 2-2.
Jordan Johnson led the Wolverines with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor while also making 4-of-6 from the line. Anthony Bowers finished with 15 points and Dontae Jones added ten points along with a game-high five assists.
The first half of the game was tightly contested throughout and ended with Greensboro taking a 39-35 lead into the half after closing the period on a 16-5 run. Within minutes into the second half, the Pride extended their lead to ten but Wesley fought back to tie the score with a 10-0 run of its own.
Greensboro responded with a bucket and the lead fluctuated between a one or two possession game until the Pride went on a 9-0 run to take 71-60 lead with 3:02 remaining.
A dunk by Jones jumpstarted another long Wesley run, cutting the deficit to 74-71 with 40 seconds left after a layup by Bowers. The Wolverines were quick to foul the remainder of the game but Greensboro made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. The Pride narrowly outshot Wesley 47% to 44% but made 21-of-27 free throws (77.8%) compared to just 17-of-30 (56.7%) for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines will take on the host Battling Bishops at 3 pm on Sunday, November 30.