Helping the Cardinals break away from Trinity in the second half by triggering a 28-8 run for a 59-40 lead, Stan Grayson '09 (#45, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) collected 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals as Wesleyan came away with a 68-52 NESCAC victory Sat., Jan. 17.
Grayson, who is among the leaders in the NESCAC for field-goal percentage, now at 62.0, hit 12 of his 17 attempts. Jason Mendell '12, who added 12 points, all in the second half, and Dave Maltz '11, who also had 12 points, supported the Cardinal cause as Wesleyan ended a five-game losing streak vs. the Bantams.
Wesleyan trailed 22-12 during the first half before fighting back to take the lead late in the period, only to fall behind 32-31 at intermission. But over the opening 12 minutes of the second half, Wesleyan enjoyed solid play at both end of the floor and got 10 points each from Grayson and Mendell in building up a 19-point bulge. Trinity got no closer than 15 over the final eight minutes.
Wesleyan ended a modest three-game losing skid since knocking off Amherst back on Jan. 6.
The team was back in action at home Friday, Jan. 23 hosting Little Three foe Williams. The Cardinals fared much better than in their earlier meeting with the Ephs on the road back in November. Wesleyan led most of the game, by as much as seven in the first half, but with the game on the line in the final six minutes, Williams went on a 13-0 tear to break a 47-47 tie and go on for a 62-49 victory.
Mendell posted the first double-double of his career with game-high honors for both points (15) and rebounds (11). Maltz added 12 points for the Cardinals.
The team completed its NESCAC weekend hosting Middlebury on Sat., Jan. 24. Facing a team with a 15-2 overall record, the Cardinals jumped out to a 29-18 edge, only to see Middlebury finish the first half on a 15-2 run, and add a 9-2 burst to start the second period for a 42-33 lead. Still, the Cards stuck with the Panthers despite falling behind by as many as 13 points, eventually narrowing the margin to just four at 62-58. The well ran dry, however, in the final 1:58 as Wesleyan managed just one basket in falling by a 67-60 score.
Mendell again led all scorers with 22 points while Maltz had a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards.
The team hosts another NESCAC weekend starting in Fri., Jan. 30 with a game vs. Tufts, which will be webcast. Details for watching are on the athletics home page under "Webcasts." The opponent on Sat., Jan 31 is Bates.