#10 Men’s Hoops Edged by Va. Wesleyan

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. –  Wesley College's men's basketball team's second half rally came just short as it fell to Virginia Wesleyan, 79-74  in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night at the Marlins' Jane P. Batten Center. The Wolverines' record-breaking season comes to an end at 23-4 overall while VWC moves to 24-6.

Wayne Lennon led five Wolverines in double figures with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting along with 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks.  David Langan also notched a double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds.

Also scoring ten points or more was Quincy Pettiford with 12, Brandin Youngblood with 11 and Eric Selby with ten.

Early in the second period, Wesley trailed by as many as 41-29 with 19:30 remaining, the second-largest deficit faced by the Wolverines all season. Both teams traded buckets for the next several minutes but with the Navy & White trailing, 52-42 with 12 minutes left, Lennon and Langan led Wesley to 11-straight points, giving the Wolverines a 53-52 advantage with 9:51 left in regulation.

Once again the teams would trade buckets until a triple by Youngblood gave Wesley a two point lead with 9:25 remaining. Virginia Wesleyan then went on a 12-2 run to retake a 66-58 lead with just over even minutes left.

The Marlins would extend their late second half advantage to as many as ten points with 3:46 left but a resilient Wolverines team would just not go away. With just over 100 seconds left, Wesley got the deficit to just a single possession but a pair of free throws by the Marlins' Aaron Clark (10 points) sealed the win.

Wesley was down at the half, 39-29, as Virginia Wesleyan got 19 points from DJ Woodmore, who finished with a game-high 28 points.  The well-balanced Marlins also turned in a great effort on the offensive glass, turning seven offensive boards into nine second-chance points. Also coming up big on the defensive end was Trent Babson, a Cape Henlopen product, who fouled out with seven points and seven blocked shots.

Virginia Wesleyan outshot Wesley, 44.1% to 39.7% and held a 43-35 advantage on the boards.