Cards Extend Win Streak to Three with First-Round Tourney Win Over Thomas at UNE
Jeremy Kaminer '10 (#15, photo insert, lower right courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half, 18 of them in the final 10 minutes, as the Cardinals held off homestanding Fisher, 73-66, in a game Sat., Dec. 8. Kaminer, whose 22 points represented a career best, also had six rebounds, five assists and a pair of steal to complement his scoring. Kaminer's 19 points at Williams last season had been his career-high output. Nick Pelletier '08 (#11, main photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com), ended the game with his fifth double-double this season, netting 18 points to go with 14 boards. His 13 points and nine rebounds in the opening 20 minutes were the key to Wesleyan's first-half recovery from a 22-11 deficit for a 24-23 lead at intermission. The Cards never trailed in the second half, and led by as many at 13 (54-41) with 6:20 to go. But Fisher whittled it to 57-52 at the 3:35 mark. The Falcons got no closer as Kaminer scored 10 of Wesleyan's final 16 points to seal the win. The squad closed out the first semester at Albertus Magnus Mon., Dec. 10, with a 60-54 triumph. Pelletier led the way with 22 points, 16 in the first period as the Cardinals raced out to a 22-7 edge and a 32-19 margin at intermission. Albertus cut the gap to eight with 12 minutes left and got as close as two in the final minute before Mike Raymond '08 (#5, photo insert, upper right by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) sank four free throws in the last :30 for the six-point win. After a 24-day layoff from competition, the Cards got win number three in a row by downing Thomas, 66-58, in overtime in the opening round of the Jim Beaudry Classic at the U of New England Fri., Jan 4. Wesleyan will face the host in the championship game Sat., Jan 5. Kaminer hit a big three-pointer with 1:17 to go in the extra period for a 62-58 cushion and he and Raymond each dropped in a pair of free throws for the final margin. Eric Winters '08 led the squad with 20 points while Pelletier (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Stan Grayson '09 (14 points, 11 boards) each chipped in with a double-double. Wesleyan trailed by as many as 15 in the first half but came back to take its first lead on a Winter's three-pointer with 3:15 to go, 49-47. Thomas tied the game with a basket at the buzzer to send the game into overtime but the Cards got two free throws from Grayson 11 seconds into OT and led the rest of the way. Wesleyan and UNE will face each other for the second time ever, the first coming on opening day in 2005-06, won by Wesleyan, 68-63.