Photo: Kai Lee/ Wesley College
The Wesley men’s basketball team is now on a three-game winning streak as they defeated the Neumann University Knights on Wednesday at Wentworth Gymnasium.
The leading scorer of the game for Wesley was senior guard Brian Cameron who scored 18 points. Cameron also recorded a double-double in this game as he had 10 rebounds with his 18 points. This is Cameron’s seventh double-double of the season.
Senior Forward Terrence Braxton recorded his first double-double of the season in this game as he had 10 rebounds and 13 points.
Three other Wolverines scored in double digits in the win which was sophomore guard Greg Bloodsworth (11), freshman forward Michael McCants (14) and senior guard Mychal Stefanides (12).
Wesley had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included points off of turnovers (11-8), points in the paint (38-28), fast-break points (9-5), bench points (15-6), assists (19-9) and turnovers (6-12).
The Wolverines also had the advantage of shooting as well, with the team shooting 48.5%(32-66) and with Neumann shooting 36.5% (23-63). Wesley also held the advantage at the free-throw line with the team having a 72.7% shooting percentage (8-11) and with the Knights having a 47.4% (9-19) shooting percentage.
Wesley Up By 11 At The Half
The leading scorer in the first half for the Wolverines was Michael McCants who had 10 points. Wesley had their best shooting percentage of the game in the first half as the team shot 51.6 % (16-31). The Wolverines also shot 75.0 % (3-4) from the free-throw line in the first half.
Neumann shot 33.3 % (10-30) in the first half and the team also shot 75.0 % (6-8) at the free-throw line.
The game started with Wesley revving out to a 7-3 lead which was led by McCants who scored four of the seven points.
In the next few minutes, the game became a battle as there would be two tied scores and two lead changes among the two teams.
At the 13:41 minute mark, Neumann would go on a 9-0 run which gave them a 20-11 lead with 11:19 left in the half.
Wesley would catch fire around the 10:46 minute mark where the team went on a 20-7 run which gave the Wolverines a 31-27 lead with 4:24 left in the half. The leading man on this run was freshman guard Andrew Shepherd who scored six of the 20 points.
Wesley would go on a 10-0 run about a minute later, which would push their lead to 41-30 to end the half. The team had five defensive rebounds in that run.
Knights Show Some Life In Second Half But Wesley Puts The Game Away Late
The leading scorer for Wesley in the second half was Brian Cameron who had 10 points. As a team, the Wolverines shot 45.7 % (16-35) in the second half and they also went 71.4 % (5-7) from the free-throw line.
Neumann shot 39.4 % (13-33) in the second half and they also shot 27.3 % (3-11) from the free-throw line.
The Knights came out of the half reenergized as the team outscored Wesley 20-13 in the first nine minutes of the second to cut the Wolverines lead to four points (54-50).
Wesley would finally put Neumann away with a 25-9 run around the 11:11 minute mark which gave the team a 79-59 lead with 2:16 left in the game. Mychal Stefanides led this run as he scored seven of the 25 points.
The Wolverines would outscore the Knights 4-3 for the rest of the game to seal 83-62 win.
Wesley stays at home to take on Immaculata on February 8th at 3:30 PM ET.
FG%: WC48.5% & NU36.5%
3P%: WC34.4%& NU 35.0%
Rebs: WC39& NU 43
Ast: WC19& NU9
Blks: WC1& NU1