DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's men's basketball team opened the new year with a 64-60 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Frostburg State on Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines improve to 5-6 on the year with a 3-1 mark in the CAC while the Bobcats fall to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Three Wesley players scored in double figures, led by Anthony Bowers' game-high 17 points. Wayne Lennon added 11 and Jordan Johnson recorded ten more while AJ Tilghman chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Wolverines also got a spark from Jason Forges who recorded six points and a career-high nine rebounds off the bench.
Frostburg scored the game's first four points but Wesley answered with six-straight points and never looked back, extending its lead to as many as 12 before going into halftime with a 33-23 lead.
Tilghman sank a jumper seconds into the second half and Bowers buried a triple before laying in a shot off a great pass by Tilghman as Wesley took a 40-23 lead with 18:41 remaining.
The Bobcats would not go away, however, capitalizing on Wesley miscues to go on a 15-4 run over the next 4:41 to close to within six points. Quincy Pettiford stopped the bleeding with a free throw before Lennon added one more at the stripe before burying a triple with 12:39 to play, upping Wesley's advantage to double figures once again.
Frostburg once again clawed its way back, cutting the Wolverines lead to three points on a couple occasions but could not get over the hump.
Both teams were even matched statistically with FSU holding a narrow 41.5% to 41.1% advantage from the floor. Wesley had just one more 3-pointer and free throw than the Bobcats but the Wolverines made just 12-of-26 free throws.
Wesley hosts CAC rival Christopher Newport on Tuesday, January 6 at 5 pm.