With about 75 percent of the squad's scoring coming from six freshmen in the contest, Wesleyan took control in the second half and pulled away from Conn. College for an important NESCAC victory Sat., Feb. 6, 79-70.
The win improves the Cardinals' chances of earning a NESCAC playoff spot for the first time in four years and gave the squad double-digit victories for the first time since that last NESCAC playoff season in 2004-05. Wesleyan closes out the regular season with a road NESCAC weekend beginning Fri., Feb. 12 at Bowdoin and concluding at Colby Sat., Feb. 13. A victory in either contest would put the Cardinals in excellent shape for the post-season. The contest at Bowdoin will be webcast and a link to watch the game is posted on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."
Against Conn. College, Wesleyan scored nine straight points over a three-minute span to extend a 50-46 lead to a 59-46 advantage with 6:45 remaining, and never let the Camels get closer than six points en route to victory.
Wesleyan got 19 points from its top scorer Shasha Brown '13 (#5, main photo), leading a pack of newcomers who totaled 59 of the Cardinals' 79 points.
Wesleyan fell behind briefly a few times in the first half but for the most part held the edge and led 33-27 at intermission. The Cardinals extended the gap to 50-41 with 12:20 to go but five in a row by the Camels narrowed the difference to 50-46 at the 9:30 mark. That was as close as the score would get as Wesleyan went on its nine-point run and still led by 13, 63-50 with five minutes to go. A pair of Conn free throws got it to 71-65 with 2:07 left. The Cardinals scored on each of their last five possessions to seal the triumph as Brown had a basket and went 4-for-4 at the line while Greg St. Jean '13 (#10, photo insert upper left) hit a pair of FTs and Jason Mendell '12 added a bucket. St. Jean finished with 12 points, Mike Callaghan '13 had 10 and Dave Fogel '13 netted 13 to support the frosh parade for Wesleyan.
(photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)