After trailing by as many as eight during the first half, Wesleyan used a 20-2 run over the final 6:06 of the first period to take a 48-37 lead into intermission against visiting Bard Tues., Jan. 12. Opening the second half with a 29-14 margin to go ahead 77-51 with nine minutes to go, the Cardinals coasted in for an 86-64 victory as the lead never fell below 20 points from then on. This was only the second meeting of the teams as Wesleyan captured last year's contest at Bard, 92-67.
Bard built an 18-10 lead six minutes into the game. With the lead at 35-27 for the Raptors, Wesleyan shot 8-for-12 including a pair of three-pointers from Derick Beresford '13 while limiting Bard to 1-for-7 shooting with six turnovers in pulling away to an 11-point bulge at halftime. Beresford was one of three Cardinals to score 11 points in the game, joined by Mike Callaghan '13 and Dave Fogel '13 (#31, photo insert lower right), who was fresh off a career-high 17 points to lead the Cardinals the night before vs. NYU. Wesleyan was paced vs. Bard by Jeremy Kaminer '10 (#11, main photo), who canned five of seven from behind the arc en route to a game-high 19 points. Beresford also had a game-best five assists.
In the second half, Bard scored the opening two baskets to get within seven, but Wesleyan netted 29 of the next 39 points to forge the game's largest lead at 26 and never looked back.
Wesleyan enjoyed a 45-31 edge on the boards led by Greg St. Jean '13, the only player in the game to grab double-digit rebounds with 10. Fogel had seven for the Cardinals.
Wesleyan opened NESCAC play this season with a trip to Amherst Fri., Jan. 15. Unlike the first meeting with the Lord Jeffs when Amherst led by 14 at the midway point of the opening half, the Cardinals stuck with Amherst, trailing just 19-18 nine minutes into the game. But a 22-7 run over the next nine minutes help Amherst assume a 43-29 halftime lead. This time, Wesleyan was unable to put much of a dent in the deficit as the Lord Jeffs kept the margin between 11 and 19 points throughout the second half and came away with an 87-71 decision.
Shasha Brown '13, who missed the second half of the Bard game due to injury, was back in the lineup and hit just above his seasonal average with 21 points. Kaminer added 14 and Jason Mendell '12 led all rebounders with 10.
The Cardinals continued their NESCAC weekend by playing at Trinity Sat., Jan. 16. The game came down to the final minute but Trinity hung on for a 74-70 win. The Cards trailed by as many as 11 in the first half but turned things around to lead by as many as six in the second half. The 45-39 Wesleyan lead was countered by 13 consecutive Bantam points for a 52-45 Trinity lead with 11 minutes to go. Wesleyan kept within range and trailed just 70-68 in the final minute. A missed Cardinal free throw with :19 to go proved costly and another shot attempt which could have at least tied the game also missed the mark.
Wesleyan was led by Callaghan's 17 points while Brown and Fogel each added 12. Kaminer had nine points and six assists.
Wesleyan hosts Williams in a NESCAC game Fri., Jan. 22. The game will be webcast and a link to watch the contest is available on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."