Eric Winters '08 Leads Cards to 1st Win of Year with First-Ever Double-Double, Career-High 17 Points
Eric Winters '08 (#25, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) scored a career-high 17 points, 14 of them during a 25-10 Cardinal spurt to open the second half, as Wesleyan defeated Medgar Evers, 73-54, in the first round of the Western Connecticut Tournament Sat., Nov. 24. The win put the Cardinals in the championship game vs. the host Sun., Nov. 25. It was the team's first win of the season and the inaugural college victory for head coach Jay Johnson. In addition to his best-ever point total (previous high was 12 on two occasions), Winters also took game rebounding honors with a career-high 10 to post the first double-double of his career. Wesleyan led from start to finish in the contest as the Cards jumped out to an 8-1 lead en route to a 31-26 cushion at halftime. With Winters hitting four three-pointers and an acrobatic tip-in during the opening 7:30 of the second half, Wesleyan moved out to a 56-36 bulge and never let the lead fall below 16 the rest of the way. The margin peaked at 23, 69-46, with two minutes to play. Nick Pelletier '08 took game scoring honors with 19 points while shooting 8-for-10 from the field. Winters finished the game 5-for-6 from three-point range. The unselfish Cardinals amassed 25 assist on their 30 baskets in the contest. In the title game vs. Western Conn., the Colonials used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to extend a 9-8 lead to 19-8 en route to a 32-17 lead at halftime. Wesleyan never got closer than 13 in the second stanza as Western controlled the tempo. Stan Grayson '09 led Wesleyan with 12 points while Gabe Gonzalez-Kreisberg '09 chipped in with 10. Winters had five points and six rebounds. The Cardinals return to Silloway Gym for a game with Eastern Conn., Wed., Nov 28 in their next outing.