DOVER, Del.- In a close, back-and-forth battle, the Wesley College men's basketball team fell 92-87 to the Misericordia Cougars in a Wednesday matinee at Wentworth Gymnasium.
After falling behind 46-40 at the half, Wesley battled back to erase the six-point deficit and take the lead in the second half. Wesley led by as much as five with 2:24 left to go in regulation when Brian Cameron made a running floater on the edge of the paint to make it an 83-78 game.
A Tony Harding 3-pointer and a Jason Kenny jumper tied the game at 83 with 1:43 left in the game. After Cameron made both of his free throw attempts to put Wesley back up by two, Misericordia went on a 7-0 scoring run to take the 90-85 lead with 17 seconds to go in the game.
A pair desperation 3-point attempts by Cameron rimmed out but Evan Anderson would put back a miss to make it a 90-87 game with two seconds left in the game. Wesley got the foul they needed on the inbound pass, but Jason Kenny would hit both of his free throws to seal the victory for Misericordia.
Both teams shot the ball well as Misericordia went 52.5 percent (32-61) from the field while Wesley shot 50.7 percent (35-69) from the field. Wesley held the narrow 34-32 edge in rebounding over Misericordia and only turned the ball over 15 times compared to Misericordia's 18 turnovers.
Brian Cameron collected a new career-high in points, leading all scorers with 38 points. He scored 16 of Wesley's first 18 points of the game. Cameron knocked down 14 of his 25 shots, drained 5-of-8 from 3-point land and hit all five of his free-throw attempts. Cameron also reeled in a game-high 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. He added five assists and two steals in the loss.
Derick Charles tallied 22 points on 11-20 shooting from the field. Charles grabbed eight rebounds and stole the ball twice. Evan Anderson also reached double figures, notching 11 points while adding four rebounds.
All five starters for Misericordia registered double-digit point totals. Jason Kenny had 29 points to lead the Cougars.
Wesley (6-7) will be back in action in 2019 when they start at four-game Pennsylvania road trip to start the new year. Wesley will take on the Eastern Eagles on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m.