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Wesleyan Cruises in First Game of 2020, Defeats Mount Saint Vincent 89-66

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Jordan James scored a game-high 22 points to help lead the Wesleyan men's basketball team to its first win of 2020 as the Cardinals cruised past Mount Saint Vincent on Saturday afternoon in Silloway Gymnasium, 89-66.

James also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists, and recorded two steals as Wesleyan won its fifth-straight game and is now 8-2 overall. With the loss, the Dolphins fall to 3-7 on the year.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Both teams struggled offensively early on with the Cardinals holding a 3-2 lead until the 16:09 mark when a 3-pointer from Makai Johnson put the visitors up by two.
  • Shortly after, Wesleyan got hot and went on a 12-0 run to pull ahead 26-11 with 8:41 remaining. 
  • The Cardinals' strong shooting from downtown cooled off, however, and Mount Saint Vincent took advantage as the Dolphins got within five at the 3:36 mark.
  • A trey from Gabe Ravetz followed by a dunk from Jordan James extended Wesleyan's lead back to double digits, up 36-26 with 2:02 to go.
  • Wesleyan would eventually take a 40-31 lead into the break.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It was all Wesleyan in the second half as the Cardinals pulled away.
  • Ravetz helped shift the momentum heavily in the home team's favor as he scored nine-straight points for Wesleyan, all from downtown, to put the Cardinals ahead 56-41 with 13:16 on the clock.
  • Shortly after, it was Antone Walker's turn as he scored seven-straight points to extend the lead to 24 with 10:31 remaining, essentially putting the game away.
  • The Cardinals outscored the Dolphins 49-35 in the final 20 minutes of play as they shot 58.3% (7-12) from behind-the-arc.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • James was joined in double-figures by Ravetz and Walker with 12 each. Walker also dished out a game-high six assists while grabbing seven rebounds and Ravetz finished 4-of-9 from downtown. Preston Maccoux led the defense with three blocks and two steals while also dishing out four assists and recording four points.
  • Mount Saint Vincent was led by Raiquis Harris and Mamadou Mariko with 12 points each. Kalos Evans added eight and a team-high five rebounds, and Makai Johnson dished out four assists while recording four steals.
  • Wesleyan held a 43-31 edge in rebounding and its benched outscored the Dolphins 49-29. The Cardinals' largest lead was 28 with 7:44 to play.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action on Tuesday, January 7 as the Cardinals host Little Three rival and No. 20 Amherst in non-conference action. The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.