GALLOWAY, N.J. - The Wesley College men's basketball team came up just short on Saturday afternoon as they fell 73-71 to Neumann University in the Osprey Classic hosted by Stockton University.
Wayne Lennon finished with a double-double, netting 13 points and pulling down 16 boards. Jordan Johnson added 13 points for the Wolverines while Chris Scott scored a team-high 14 points from the bench. JW Lawson and Anthony Bowers were each held to eight points by Neumann. George Cook added four assists and six rebounds in 22 minutes as well.
The Wolverines fell behind early as the Knights started the game on an 11-4 run. Wesley trailed nearly the entire first half until the squad tied the game at 24-24 with 4:24 remaining in the half. Wesley finished the half by outscoring the Knights 11-7 to take a four-point lead into the break. Wayne Lennon scored the final five points of the half for the Wolverines and assisted on an emphatic JW Lawson dunk late in the half to give the Navy and White momentum entering the locker room.
In the second half, the Knights got off to another fast start, taking a 41-37 lead with a 10-2 run to begin the half. Wesley regained the lead, going ahead 55-54 on a layup by Rasahn Brinkley with 9:12 remaining but it would be their last as the Knights pulled ahead just seconds later.
Trailing by four in the final minutes, Wesley turned up the defensive pressure to force Neumann into a pair of turnovers down the stretch. The squad couldn't capitalize on their opponents mistakes though, missing shots on the ensuing possessions. The Wolverines scored six points in the final 18 seconds to cut the lead to just two points, but it was all Wesley could muster as they fell 73-71.
The Wolverines move to 1-2 on the season and will return to action on Sunday, November 29 when they travel to the nation's capital to take on the Catholic University of America.