DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's men's basketball team rallied from a ten-point halftime deficit to defeat Mary Washington, 64-56, on Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale for both teams at Wentworth Gymnasium. The Wolverines now stand at 12-13 overall and finish with a 10-8 mark in the CAC while the Eagles fall to 7-18, 7-11 CAC. Wesley has the fifth seed in the CAC Tournament next week while the Eagles will await their fate tomorrow.
After shooting just 26.9% in the first half, Wesley was red hot in the second half shooting 61.5% and finishing 44.2% for the game. JW Lawson and AJ Tilghman both finished with 16 points leading the Wolverines with the pair combining for 24 points in the second half.
Mary Washington took its largest lead at 31-17 with 1:42 left in the first half but Lawson made back-to-back layups to give Wesley some momentum going into the break.
Wesley gradually closed the gap early in the second half and a 7-0 run cut the deficit to just a single point at 39-38 with 13:05 remaining on a triple by Daniel Toney.
The Eagles answered with an 8-2 run to go back up seven but a triple by Lawson ignited a 9-0 run which gave Wesley a 53-52 advantage with just over five minutes left. Mary Washington once again answered to retake the lead before a game-tying three by Tilghman tied the score at 56 with 3:19 left.
Neither team made a bucket the rest of the way but Tilghman made six free throws down the stretch as Wesley ended the game on an 11-0 run.
Prior to the game, Wesley honored its three CAC Silver Anniversary Team honorees: Paul Reynolds, David Langan and Rashawn Johnson, as well as senior Quincy Pettiford who started in his final game at Wentworth Gymnasium.