Hutcherson, Walker Lead Wesleyan Past Penn. State Harrisburg, 81-68

Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18
Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Austin Hutcherson and Antone Walker scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, to help lead the Wesleyan University men's basketball team to an 81-68 win over Penn State Harrisburg on Tuesday afternoon on Day 1 of the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout on the campus of Barry University.

The Cardinals led for the majority of the game and went ahead by as much as 17 with just under 11 minutes to play as they improved to 5-3 on the year. The loss snapped the Lions six-game win streak as they fall to 8-2 overall.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Both teams exchanged baskets early on.
  • Trailing 12-11 with 13:58 on the clock, the Cardinals went on an 8-0 run capped off by a layup from Joe DeLollo.
  • Shortly after, Wesleyan scored seven unanswered as Jordan James hit a free throw to extend the Cardinals lead to 29-18 at the 9:19 mark.
  • Down the stretch, Hutcherson scored seven consecutive points as a 3-pointer with 3:19 on the clock put Wesleyan ahead 40-26.
  • Penn State Harrisburg held the Cardinals to two points the rest of the way but the Lions only scored four as Wesleyan held a 42-32 lead at the break.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • After some back-and-forth play, the Lions went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to eight as they trailed 46-38 at the 17:10 mark.
  • Wesleyan responded with a 7-0 run of its own as Walker hit one from behind-the-arc to extend the lead to 15.
  • With 10:57 to play, Gabe Ravetz hit a fast break 3-pointer to give the Cardinals a 61-44 advantage.
  • The Lions didn't back down, however, and a pair of free throws by Donyae Baylor-Carroll cut the deficit to eight with 4:52 to play.
  • Wesleyan bounced back and a 3-pointer by Hutcherson followed by two free throws by Walker put the Cardinals ahead by double-digits again with just over two minutes to play (79-66).
  • The 13-point difference proved to be the final margin as both teams scored two points each the rest of the way.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • DeLollo joined Hutcherson and Walker in double-figures with 12 points, while adding six rebounds. Three others pulled in six boards as well – Jordan Bonner, Shackylle Dezonie and Walker – and Walker led the squad with five assists.
  • Penn State Harrisburg was led by Kahlil Williams with 19 points, while Baylor-Carroll dropped 15 and Chris Bing scored 11. Williams and Gbolahan Alliyu led the team in rebounding with six boards each and Ibn-Haneef Nelson recorded a team-high four assists.
  • Wesleyan shot 44.8% (13-29) from 3-point range and outrebounded the Lions 40-35. The Cardinals also held a 17-2 edge in fast break points.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan returns to the court tomorrow for its final game of 2018 and will play No. 13 Plattsburgh at 4 p.m.