Double-doubles by Braxton, Craven fuel men's basketball's 105-98 win over Cabrini

Photo by Gary Emeigh
Photo by Gary Emeigh

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College men's basketball team outgunned the Cabrini Cavaliers, 105-98 in a fast-paced and high-scoring Atlantic East Conference affair inside Wentworth Gymnasium on Wednesday.

All five starters scored double figures for the Wolverines. Terrence Braxton and Tyrone Craven each recorded their first collegiate double-doubles in the victory. Braxton registered 10 points and 10 rebounds along with five steals and a pair of assists. Craven scored 11 points and dished out 10 assists. Craven pulled down five rebounds from the guard position.

Brian Cameron netted his second-straight 30-plus point effort with a game-high 34 points. Cameron shot 9-of-17 from the field and nailed 14 of 18 free-throw attempts. Cameron also reeled in four rebounds and handed out four assists. Evan Anderson notched 22 points with all six of his made field goals coming from behind the three-point line along with four made free throws. Derick Charles tallied 12 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes of playing time.

Brandon Lewis and Tolu Babalola chipped in with nine and six points off the bench. Both Babalola and Lewis each grabbed four rebounds while Babalola rejected two Cabrini shots.

Voshon Mack and Anthony Wright-Downing scored 32 and 30 points for Cabrini.

Wesley started the game fast on an 8-0 scoring run with two 3-pointers made by Anderson and Braxton in the first minute of the game. Wesley continued their torrid scoring throughout the first half, pushing their lead to double-digits. Wesley got out to a 48-32 lead, their largest lead of the game, with 4:48 to go to halftime when Cameron drained a 3-pointer off a steal by Lewis and an assist by Craven. The Wolverines would take a 55-41 lead into the halftime break.

Cabrini would start the second half on an 18-7 run to cut the Wesley lead to 62-59 six minutes into the half. Wesley would stretch their lead back to 75-63 with 11:55 left in regulation behind a 13-4 run of their own.

Both teams would battle back-and-forth in the remaining 10 minutes of the game with Cabrini trying to cut into the Wesley lead. Wesley was able to hit their free throws to keep Cabrini at bay and win their second consecutive conference game.

Wesley shot 49.2 percent (29-59) from the field but Wesley was able to do much of their damage from beyond the three-point territory and the free-throw line. Wesley nailed 12-of-24 from three and hit 35-of-50 free throws.

Wesley lost the turnover battle to Cabrini, 19-18 but Wesley took advantage of the turnovers, scoring 31 points off turnovers compared to Cabrini's 20.

Wesley (11-11, 5-4 Atlantic East) moved into a tie for third place in the conference with the Marymount Saints. The Wolverines will wrap up their three-game homestand on Saturday when they face the first-place Gwynedd Mercy Griffins. The game is set for a 3 p.m. start.