Men’s basketball pulls away in second half to beat Immaculata, 71-52

Men’s basketball pulls away in second half to beat Immaculata, 71-52

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College men's basketball team used a second-half run to pull away from the Immaculata Mighty Macs, 71-52 in both teams' Atlantic East Conference opener.

Wesley had a bit of a sluggish start of the game, falling behind 12-2 early. Wesley started clawing back into the game after a timeout three minutes into the game to suppress the Immaculata run. Wesley tied the game 22-22 with 6:55 to go in the first half after Brandon Lewis made a three-pointer. Lewis gave Wesley the 24-22 lead two minutes later following a Terrence Braxton block and fast break assist by Tyrone Craven.

After going into halftime with a 28-26 lead and maintaining a slim two-point lead in the early part of the second half, Wesley turned up the pressure and got out on a 23-8 run in the middle part of the second half.

The lead swelled to 22 points with 4:51 left in the game after Derick Charles made both of his free throws. Wesley was able to use ball control the rest of the game and seal the victory in the conference opener.

Five players were in double figures for Wesley. Brandon Lewis and Derick Charles both registered their first career double-doubles in the win. Charles netted 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds off the bench while Lewis recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Brian Cameron led all scorers with 17 points and added seven rebounds and four assists. Tyrone Craven notched 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Evan Anderson collected 11 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Terrence Braxton joined Charles in providing a spark off the bench. He tallied a career-high nine rebounds along with four points, three steals, two blocks and two assists.

Wesley stifled the Immaculata offense, holding them to 17-of-62 from the field, 5-of-22 from three and 13-of-24 from the free-throw line. Wesley also held the 60-45 advantage over Immaculata on the boards.

After a break for finals, Wesley will be back in action on Sunday, Dec. 9 when they make the short trip south down Route 13 to take on the Salisbury Sea Gulls. The action is slated to begin at 4 p.m. from Maggs Athletic Center in Salisbury, Md.