Rashid Epps '16 (#00, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) scored 12 points and had a team-high seven rebounds to help Wesleyan roll past Lyndon St.,77-55, in the consolation game of the Naismith Classic at Springfield Sat., Jan. 4. For his effort, as well as his double-double in the first-round loss to Bridgewater St., Epps was named to the all-tournament team. It was the third time during three in-season tournaments in which Wesleyan has competed this season that Epps has been all-tournament with one an MVP honor.
Wesleyan took the lead for good over Lyndon St. five minutes into the game when Jack Mackey '16 hit the first of his three treys coming off the bench, spotting Wesleyan a 12-11 lead. The Cardinals finished the half on a 27-9 run for a 36-20 lead. The Cardinals had to withstand a Lyndon rally in the opening five minutes of the second half as the Hornets got as close as four, 39-35. A pair of Brian Galvin '15 free throws and a trey from Harry Rafferty '17 pushed the lead back to nine and Wesleyan never looked back, extended the lead to as many as 23 (72-49, 3:09 left). The Cardinals shot 48 percent from the field in the contest and a fabulous 92.9 percent at the line, connecting on 26 of 28 attempts. Joe Edmonds '16 and BJ Davis '16 led the squad with 13 points each and combined to go 13-for-15 at the stripe. Rafferty added 11 points and Mackey had nine along with three assists.
Wesleyan is back in action Fri., Jan. 10 for the opening NESCAC game of the year, traveling to Colby before finishing the weekend at Bowdon Sat., Jan. 11. Both games are slated for a webcast. Click < here > for the Colby game and click < here > for the Bowdoin game.