Inaugurating the season at the Gordon College Tip-Off Tournament Fri., Nov. 21, the Cardinals fell to William Paterson, 73-65 despite a game-high 22 points on near-perfect 9-of-11 shooting from the floor by Stan Grayson '09 (#45, photo). Grayson also led the team in rebounds with nine. It was the first-ever meeting between the two colleges in men's basketball.
Wesleyan got off to a 10-2 lead thanks to the three-point shooting of Kevin Scura '09 (#23, photo insert lower left), who finished the game with 16 points, all in the first half. He connected on four of his first five three-point attempts. William Paterson broke a 27-27 tie late in the first half and moved out to a 38-34 lead at intermission.
Paterson extended its lead to 10 points, 53-43, midway through the second half and did not let the Cardinals get closer than five points down the stretch. Jeremy Kaminer '10 also had double-digit scoring for Wesleyan with 13 points.
Wesleyan took on Oneonta St. in the tournament consolation game Sat., Nov. 22. Oneonta fell to host Gordon, 68-63, in its first-round contest. Grayson added nine points and a game-high 11 caroms to his seasonal totals but it wasn't enough as Oneonta grabbed a 62-47 victory. Oneonta led by single digits throughout the contest but pulled away in the final seven minutes for a more comfortable margin. Wesleyan was led in scoring by Dave Maltz '11 with 12 points.
With 22 points during the tournament and four three-pointers, Scura was chosen for the all-tournament squad.
The Cardinals opened the Little Three season Tues., Nov. 25 by taking a trip to Williams. There the team was the victim of two big runs, one in each half, as the Ephs rolled to an 84-52 win. Williams went on a 26-12 burst to end the first half with a 38-22 bulge. After Wesleyan got as close as 12 early in the second period, the Ephs put it away by rattling off 23 of the next 27 points for a 65-34 lead with 11:25 to go. Dave Maltz '11 led Wesleyan with 15 points and seven rebounds while Kaminer added 12 points.
The Cardinals kicks off the home schedule Sun., Nov. 30, facing the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.