Scoring a career-high 21 points, hitting six of seven field goals, including a 3-for-4 effort from behind the arc, BJ Davis '16 (#4, left side photo) powered the Cardinals to a tight 74-71 victory over Elms in the first-ever meeting of the teams Tues., Nov. 26. Davis did his damage coming off the bench and playing just 23 minutes. His previous high game came against MCLA last season when he gathered 19 points. Adding to the Cardinals' winning performance was Rashid Epps '16 (#00, right side photo), who logged his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Wesleyan led most of the first half though by no more than six points until the final two minutes of the period when the Cardinals generated a 32-24 margin on an Epps layup with 1:19 left. The Cardinals held a 34-28 edge at intermission. Wesleyan's lead peaked at nine early in the second half, but the Blazers rallied to grab a 54-50 lead with 8:14 to play. Wesleyan netted the next six points on a tradition three-point play by Glen Thomas '14, his only points of the contest, and a three-pointer by Davis, giving the Cardinals the lead with 7:03 to go, 56-54. The game came down to the final 5:19 as the teams were tied 58-58 at that point. Another Davis trey with 5:01 on the clock gave the Cardinals the lead for good, 61-58. He added six of Wesleyan's next nine points for a 70-66 edge with 1:08 to go. Two free throws by Joe Edmonds '16 with :26 on the clock gave Wesleyan a 72-68 cushion and Harry Rafferty '17 (10 points) and Davis added late free throws for the final margin. Still Elms had a last possession with :07 left and Wesleyan prevented the Blazers from attemnpting a final possibly tying attempt in the closing seconds.
Brian Galvin '15 added 13 points for Wesleyan, including three treys. Thomas had six caroms. Wesleyan outscored Elms 24-11 at the free-throw line as Elms made 29 field goals to Wesleyan's 21. The Cardinals, however, coverted eight treys to just two by the Blazers.
Up next for Wesleyan is a trip to Boston starting Fri., Nov. 29 as the squad will take on Emerson in the first round of the Harbor Classic at UMass Boston. Wesleyan will face either the host or St. Joseph's (Vt.) in the championship or consolation on Sat., Nov. 30. Both Wesleyan games will feature LiveStats and a webcast.