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Wesleyan’s Second Half Comeback Comes up Short Against Williams

Photo by Bre Cavanaugh '19
Photo by Bre Cavanaugh '19

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's basketball team mounted an incredible second half comeback led by Gabe Ravetz and Antone Walker, but the Cardinals came up short as Williams pulled away down the stretch to win 73-54 on Friday night in Silloway Gymnasium.

Ravetz finished with a game-high 15 points but Wesleyan dropped to 13-8 overall and 2-5 in the NESCAC. Mickey Babek led the Ephs in scoring with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting as they improved to 11-11 and 4-4.

Prior to the game, the Cardinals honored their three senior class members; Jack Alberding, David Dixon, and Kevin McDonald.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Both teams came out hot from deep, exchanging the first four 3-pointers.
  • Tied at 8-8 shortly after, the Ephs rallied with a 15-0 run over the next five minutes as Henry Feinberg capped off the stretch with a 3-pointer.
  • Williams led by double-digits the rest of the half and with five seconds remaining, Cole Prowitt-Smith hit one from downtown to give the visitors a 42-20 halftime lead.
  • Alberding hit two early 3-pointers for Wesleyan on Senior Night and led the Cardinals at the break with six points.
  • The Ephs were led by Mickey Babek's eight points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from the floor and 2-of-2 shooting from behind-the-arc.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ravetz and the Cardinals came out hot to start the second half and slowly cut into the deficit as the Wesleyan defense made it difficult for Williams to find a basket.
  • With 8:20 to go, a dunk by Jordan James ignited the crowd and cut the deficit to 11.
  • On the other end, Prowitt-Smith hit a trey to put Williams back on top by 14, but Walker drove and dished to James for another dunk and a layup by Alberding on the Cardinals' next possession put Wesleyan within 10 as the Ephs called a timeout.
  • After the timeout, Walker hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get within four with 5:31 remaining, capping off an incredible 33-15 run by the home team.
  • However, Babek answered with back-to-back treys of his own shortly after to put Williams back on top by 10.
  • The Cardinals' run came up short as they were held to one point the rest of the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Ravetz scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half and finished with seven rebounds. Jordan James added 13 points, a game-high nine boards, and two blocks. Walker dropped nine points, dished out a game-high five assists, and recorded two steals.
  • Babek was joined in double-figures by Jovan Jones with 12. Matt Karpowicz scored eight and corralled eight rebounds, and Ryan Moon led the team with four assists.
  • Wesleyan held a 48-38 advantage in rebounds and outscored the Ephs 21-10 in second chance points.
  • Williams hit 12-of-27 (44.4%) shots from downtown.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan returns to Silloway Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 9 and will host No. 13 Middlebury in its final regular-season home game of the year. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.