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The Wesley College men’s basketball team is advancing to the Atlantic East Conference Championship after the team defeated the Immaculata University Mighty Macs 85-75 in the Conference Semifinals on Thursday at Wentworth Gymnasium.
The leading scorer of the game for Wesley was senior guard Brian Cameron who scored 38 points. Cameron also recorded a double-double in this game as he had 10 rebounds with his 38 points. This is Cameron’s 10th double-double of the season.
Sophomore guard Greg Bloodsworth also scored in double digits in this win as he had 20 points.
Senior forward Derick Charles was the leader for Wesley in rebounds in the win as he had 16.
Wesley had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included fast-break points (16-15), rebounds (47-39), assists (13-12), steals (9-7), blocks (3-0), and turnovers (15-11).
The Wolverines bested Immaculata at the three-point line having a 29.6% shooting percentage (8-27) and with the Mighty Macs having a 26.7% (4-15) shooting percentage. Wesley also held the advantage at the free-throw line with the team having an 84.6% shooting percentage (11-13) and Immaculata having a 65.4% (17-26) shooting percentage.
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Wesley Leads By Eight At The Half
The Wolverines shot 44.44 % (16-36) in the first half and the team also shot 85.71 % (6-7) at the free-throw line.
The Mighty Macs shot 40.00 % (12-30) in the first half and the team also shot 71.43 % (10-14) at the free-three line.
The opening game of the playoffs provided plenty of sparks as the two teams battled each other in the first nine minutes, they were nine lead changes, and three times the score would be tied. At the 11:34 minute mark, Wesley would have a 16-14 lead in the first half.
Starting at the 11:06 minute mark, the Wolverines would go on a 15-9 run which gave them a 31-23 lead with 6:23 left in the half. Greg Bloodsworth was the leading man on this run as he scored eight of the 15 points. Wesley also made three shots from the perimeter on this run.
Each team scored 13 points for the rest of the half but the Wolverines would hold on to an eight-point lead (44-36) at the half.
Mighty Macs Continued To Fight But Wesley Would Prevail
The Wolverines shot 41.46 % (17-41) in the second half and the team also shot 83.33 % (5-6) at the free-throw line.
Immaculata shot 48.39 % (15-31) in the second half and the team also shot 58.33 % (7-12) at the free-throw line.
The second half would start with Wesley outscoring the Mighty Macs 16-12 which extended their lead to 60-48 with 14:47 left in the game.
At the 14:14 minute mark, Immaculata would go on a 10-4 run which cut the Wolverines’ lead to three (64-61) with 11:34 left in the second half.
The Mighty Macs made it really uncomfortable for Wesley as the team would nurse a small lead until the Wolverines found some rhythm around the 6:21 minute mark.
Wesley would make back-to-back three-pointers ( Greg Bloodsworth and Brian Cameron) to push the team’s lead back to nine (79-70) with 5:42 left in the game.
Immaculata would come right back and score five unanswered points which cut the Wolverines’ lead to four (79-75) with 3:12 left in the second half.
Wesley would answer back by scoring six unanswered points which sealed an 85-75 win and a place in the AEC Championship game. Bloodsworth and Cameron each made two free throws in the 6-0 run.
The Wolverines will take on Gwynedd Mercy on February 29th in the AEC Championship game at 2 PM ET.
FG%: WC 42.9% & IU44.3%
3P%: WC29.6%& IU26.7%
FT%: WC 84.6% &IU65.4%
Rebs: WC47& IU39
Ast: WC13& IU12
Blks: WC3& IU0