Scoring a career-high 17 points while grabbing 14 rebunds, his fifth duble-double in six games this season, Rashid Epps '16 (#00, left side of photo) paced Wesleyan to a comfortable 74-59 victory over Emerson in the first round of the Harbor Invitational at UMass Boston Fri., Nov. 29. The win puts the Cardinals in the championship contest Sat, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. against the host, which downed St. Joseph's (Vt.), 84-68, in its first-round matchup. The game will have both LiveStats and a webcast.
Wesleyan took the lead for good 3:25 into the contest when Harry Raffery '17 (#22, right side photo) buried a three-pointer from the right corner off an assist by Epps to spot Wesleyan a 5-2 lead. Joe Edmonds '16 canned a trey with 9:32 left in the first half to give Wesleyan its first double-digit advantage, 24-12. The Cardinals led by no less than eight the rest of the way and held as much as a 25-point lead on during the second half when Tim Gallivan '15 hit a free throw with 6:35 left for a 64-39 margin. Wesleyan relied on a solid 46-31 edge on the boards, including 19 offensive rebounds, to control the outcome.
Rafferty contributed 12 points to the Cardinal cause while BJ Davis '16 chipped in with 10. The game was just the fourth meeting of the team and the first since Emerson captured a 90-81 ECAC tournament win in 2001. Wesleyan is now 3-1 vs. Emerson.
The championship game between Wesleyan and UMass Boston will be the first contest between the Cardinals and Beacons since Wesleyan won, 78-71, to capture the Harbor Invitational title in 2002. UMass won the only other game played in the ECAC tournament in 1985.