Making the move to then upper echelon of the NESCAC, Wesleyan's men's basketball team posted a 6-4 record during its 10-game NESCAC schedule en route to an overall mark of 14-10. This compares most favorably with last year's overall record of 10-14 and a 2-8 mark in the NESCAC. The 14-10 record was the team's best since going 18-6 during the 1990-91 season.
Of the team's four league losses, three came against teams that qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament, including undefeated and top-ranked Conn. College. Trinity and Bowdoin were the other two. The fourth came against ECAC tournament qualifier Colby. Wesleyan posted an impressive road victory over ECAC tournament titlist Williams as well as a home victory against Amherst, which also made it to the post-season with an ECAC bid. Also to Wesleyan's credit was a home triumph over Hamilton, another NCAA tournament qualifier. In all, seven of 11 NESCAC teams went on to post- season appearances as the NESCAC was aptly rated the top conference in men's basketball among 40 rated Division III conferences by Columbus Multimedia.
Leading the team in scoring most of the way were Sean O'Brien `00 and Mark Zubko `99. Each was named to the ECAC weekly honor roll during the 1998-99 season, Both averaged 14.8 points during the year and each had a 29- point high game, Zubko's coming in an 89-72 win over Brandeis while O'Brien turned the trick during an 88-77 setback at Bowdoin. The output was a career-high effort for each. O'Brien was named to the third team of the NESCAC all-stars in 1998-99 while Zubko and Josh Meyer `00 both received NESCAC academic all-star accolades.
Leo Jones `02, runner up for NESCAC rookie of the year honors, ranked third on the team in scoring with 10 points a game, and led the team on the boards with 7.5 caroms a contests. He was the individual leader in 12 of the 24 games, including a stretch of nine games in a row toward the end of the year when he averaged almost 10 boards a game.
Another player to hit a solid stretch was Joe Griffin `00, who helped the team immensely during its first six-game win streak since the 1990-91 season. Over the six wins, Griffin came off the bench to sink an amazing 21 of 29 three-pointers (72.4 percent). In the two games against Tufts and Hamilton, Griffin was a collective 12-for-14 from the field, including 10- for-10 from three-point range.
With only Zubko lost from the starting lineup, Wesleyan should be a factor in the NESCAC once again in 1999-2000.