With Five Players in Double Figures, Cardinals Best Roger Williams in Overtime for First Home Win
Recovering from a 12-point first-half deficit to gain a nine-point lead in the second half, the Cardinals needed overtime to secure their first home victory of the year, 71-67, over Roger Williams Sat., Dec. 1. Wesleyan scored the first eight points in the extra frame for a comfortable lead with just 1:15 remaining. Stan Grayson '09 netted the first five points while Sean Collins '09 (#42, photo) capped off the 8-0 run with a drive to the basket for the 70-62 advantage. Collins was a brisk 6-for-7 from the field on the afternoon for his 12 points while Grayson also chipped in with 12. Team honors went to Wilson Griffin '09 who nailed 14 points off the bench. Eric Winters '08 (11-for-13 at the line) had 13 points and Nick Pelletier '08 came up with his fourth double-double in seven games this year with 11 points and a game-high 14 caroms. Against Emmanuel in the final home game of the semester Thurs., Dec. 6, it was Grayson with with his first career double-double, scoring 24 points to go with 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough in a 67-61 loss. Wesleyan clawed back from a 17-point second-half deficit to trail by only one, 57-56, with 3:17 remaining on Grayson's three-point play, but after each team committed a turnover, Emmanuel scored baskets on its next four posessions while Wesleyan countered with only five free throws of its own as the gap widened to 65-61 with 1:00 left. The Cardinals could not make up the difference and the Saints added two more freebies for the final margin. Wesleyan takes its act to Fisher College Sat., Dec. 8 for its next game.