MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's basketball team dropped its final regular-season home game on Sunday against No. 13 Middlebury College, 95-79.
Gabe Ravetz led the Cardinals with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting while going 4-of-7 from deep, but the loss drops Wesleyan to 13-9 overall and 2-6 in the NESCAC. The Panthers had five players in double-figures as they shot 60% (39-65) from the floor and 51.9% (14-27) from 3-point range. With the win, they improved to 19-3 and 5-3.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Panthers came out hot, setting the tone early as Matt Folger scored eight points in the first four minutes.
- Shortly after, Ryan Cahill got hot as he went 3-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 from deep. After converting a 3-point play, he then knocked down a trey to give the visitors a 26-12 lead with 13:10 on the clock.
- Minutes later, trailing by 18, Wesleyan went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to nine with 8:13 remaining.
- Middlebury answered and a 3-pointer by Max Bosco at the 4:50 mark extended the lead to 17.
- However, the Cardinals mounted another comeback led by Ravetz as his layup with 1:47 on the clock got Wesleyan with seven.
- The Panthers scored the next two baskets and took a 48-37 lead into the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Once again, Middlebury came out strong to start the second half as its lead continued to grow in the opening minutes.
- Nine straight points by Jack Farrell gave the Panthers a 77-57 advantage with 10:04 remaining.
- Middlebury had an answer for any Wesleyan run as the closest the Cardinals would get the rest of the way was 14 points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Ravetz scored 18 points off the bench and totaled six rebounds. Antone Walker added 15 points, seven assists, and two steals, and Jordan James and Kevin McDonald each totaled 14 points. James also led the team in rebounds with nine and McDonald corralled six.
- Farrell and Tommy Eastman each dropped 20 for the Panthers. Farrell also recorded seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Folger added a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while also dishing out six assists, and Bosco added 11 points. Griffin Kornaker led all players with 10 assists.
- Wesleyan held a 41-32 edge in rebounding. Middlebury outscored the Cardinals down low, 50-38, and totaled 27 team assists.
- The Cardinals wrap up their regular season on the road next weekend and will play Colby on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.