DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's men's basketball team led by as many as seven points early in the first half but Christopher Newport rallied and pulled away to defeat the Wolverines, 75-62, Tuesday night in a battle between two of the top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference. Wesley falls to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the CAC while the Captains move to 9-3 on the year and 4-1 in league play.
Tied at 14 midway through the first, Jason Forges ignited the Wolverines with thunderous dunks on back-to-back plays, the second of which came on an alley-oop pass from Anthony Bowers in transition. Christopher Newport responded with a pair of free throws but Bowers answered with a jumper and Jordan Johnson converted on an old-fashioned three-point play to give Wesley a 23-16 lead with 7:34 left in the half.
The lead slowly evaporated and the Captains regained the lead on a three by Aaron McFarland with 33 ticks left, giving them a 31-30 advantage at the break.
Wayne Lennon hit a three coming out of intermission and Johnson nailed a free throw, giving the Wolverines a 34-31 lead with 18:53 left, but that would be the last time the Navy & White would have the advantage as Tim Daly answered with a three-point play of his own just seconds later.
Wesley's AJ Tilghman matched CNU with a pair of layups over the next few possessions but a 9-1 Captains run helped them pull away.
Tilghman led the Wolverines with 16 points while Johnson added ten. Lennon and Forges contributed nine points apiece but Wesley shot just 36.5% from the floor and 32% in the second half.
McFarland recorded a career-high 22 points off the bench for Christopher Newport, who also got 18 points from Daly and 16 from Marcus Carter.
The Wolverines will travel to take on Mary Washington on Saturday, January 10 for a 3 pm CAC tipoff.