While you were wasting your time buying books at Broad Street, the Men’s Basketball team beat Connecticut College during their Saturday game. Their first NESCAC win, Cardinal fans hope this marks a change in the season. Although the game started rough and Wesleyan spent most of it trailing Conn. College, in the last 6 minutes they had a brilliant comeback and won the game with an 11-point margin of 77-68.
BJ Davis ’16 made immense contributions, scoring 21 points and making 14 of 14 free throws. He deftly controlled the ball and plays during the last few minutes; he made five assists and five rebounds throughout the course of the game. After the graduation of some serious talent last year, it was heartening to see the younger Cardinals step it up on Saturday. Joe Edmonds ’16 added 19 points and Harry Rafferty ’17 bagged 15 points. The win bodes well for Wesleyan’s next NESCAC game against Bates, this coming Friday January, 31st. If Freeman seems too far away in the cold, you can always watch the live webcast of the game.
From Lucy Britt ’14 comes the most bodacious event flier I’ve seen this side of Brendan O’Connell ’08’s Wesleyan Poster Archive:
A showdown for the ages between legends. One game. Eternal glory. Roth. Odede. Who shatters the backboard first? One way to find out.
Come see Michael Roth ’78 face off against a Kennedy Odede ’12-coached student team in the year’s biggest basketball showdown.
For the first time since 2003–and the first time ever in the Silloway Gym era–Wes men’s basketball will host a NESCAC first-round playoff game. Wes, which set a program record for wins this season (19)–in the process becoming the first NESCAC team ever to go from ninth to third place, and just the second ever to host a playoff game a year after missing the tournament–will take on Bowdoin at 3:00 Saturday. Wes defeated Bowdoin 74-61 in Maine last Friday, but Bowdoin has never lost in Silloway Gym, including a one-point win on the last day of the 2010-11 regular season.
Admission will be free with a Wes student ID. As they said in high school…”BE LOUD. BE PROUD.”
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: Silloway Gym
Cost: FREE with Wes student ID ($3 for adults, $1 for visiting students)
If you haven’t noticed–and with today marking the end of winter break, odds are you haven’t–Wes men’s basketball is having a pretty kickass year, currently sporting a 14-5 record with a pair of wins over teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Friday the 13th proved to be quite lucky for the Cards, who earned their largest win over Williams since 1985 with a 66-43 romp. Wes followed that with a three-point loss to Middlebury–the nation’s #1 team–and then a thrilling 68-67 win over Amherst (#4 nationally) and a 58-57 win over Tufts on Shasha Brown’s ’13 buzzer-beater.
Wes will host Connecticut College this Saturday as part of Family Hoops Day at Freeman; this is one of only two home conference games post-break (the other being a Super Bowl Sunday double-header against Hamilton). Both the Wes men and women (who, at 11-5, aren’t doing too shabbily themselves) will be looking to avenge losses to Conn that effectively did in their playoff hopes last season.
This is both teams’ first chance to play a conference game in front of the home fans this season. Come out and make sure the atmosphere is electric for what should be a great day of basketball!
Date: Saturday, Jan. 28
Time: 2 pm (women’s game)/4 p.m. (men’s game)
Place: Silloway Gym, Freeman
(Photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)
Terrible news for Miami Heat fans, but excellent news for Miami Heat fans: the post-Awesomefest four-piece has released its debut demos, “Shock” and “You Said Something,” recorded live at Music House in April. They are dirty and lo-fi and nice. I recommend the filthy noise the lead guitar makes at 2:05 in “You Said Something.” Features members of Linus, The Parents, and The Japanese; sounds like none of the above.
‘grats to Zain Alam ’13, Dylan Bostick ’13, Adrien DeFontaine ’13, and
Charlie Ellis ’13 Ethan Cohen ’13.
The few of you who weren’t in Silloway Gym last night for the men’s basketball game against Tufts missed quite a contest. Wes rallied from a five-point deficit with four minutes remaining in regulation to take a one-point lead late, but Tufts tied it on a free throw to send it into overtime.
Wes led by four midway through the first OT period, but Tufts tied it to send it into double OT. This time, Tufts led by five with 2:20 left, but Wes rallied to send it into triple overtime. Once again, Tufts rallied from a four-point deficit to send it into quadruple OT. Wes went ahead on a three-pointer from Greg St. Jean ’13 and never trailed after that, with a pair of free throws from St. Jean with 0.7 seconds left giving Wes a 98-93 cushion and sealing the deal.
While admittedly no UConn-Syracuse, this was certainly one of the more exciting games in a while–as well as the first game in Wes basketball history (men’s and women’s) to go into quadruple OT. Superstud Shasha Brown ’13 led Wes with 30 points despite missing the final OT period due to cramps, and St. Jean added 14 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double. And perhaps most impressively, the gym was packed for the second straight Friday night, thanks in no small part to the efforts of WesPep.
Wes goes for three in a row today against Bates at 4:00.
From Ari Finard ’12:
Co-Ed Pickup Basketball, “Competitive But Not Too Competitive”
Bring your bballs, Bring your friends, Bring your game
We’re having our first official game(s). 3 on 3, 4 on 4, half-court.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 3
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Place: Bacon Field House
Wes men’s basketball hosts Conn. College this Saturday in an epic clash of travel partners. Wes is virtually assured of a berth in the NESCAC Championship (for the first time in four years) with a win–and, I might add, is still in the running for a first-round home game. Saturday is also Senior Day, meaning the final sendoff for Jon Sargent ’09, Stan Grayson ’09, Kevin Scura ’09, and Gabe Gonzalez-Kreisberg ’09.
Every prior Wesleyan four-year class has made the NESCAC Championship at least once, and there’s no reason to think this group will break that trend. We haven’t had a crowd under 400 since winter break ended, so keep it up!
Wes men’s basketball, fresh off a 68-52 win against last year’s NESCAC champion (Trinity), opens its home NESCAC schedule Friday night with a game against Williams. In lieu of some “rah-rah” nonsense, I’m just going to remind you what happened the last time Williams came to Silloway Gym…and the time before that…and the time before that…and the men’s last home Little Three game. Be there.
Date: Friday, Jan. 23
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Silloway Gym
Entering tonight, Wes men’s basketball had lost 16 in a row to Amherst (dating back to 2000-01) and 34 of its last 36 against the Lord Jeffs. Our new superstud head coach, Joe Reilly, came in 0-14 all-time against the ‘Herst.
The Jeffs had made back-to-back appearances in the national title game–winning it all in ’06-’07 but losing 90-69 to Washington-St. Louis last season–while Wes had gone 3-24 in NESCAC play over the past three seasons. How did we fare, you ask?
Wesleyan 72, Amherst 69.
Wes shot 51% as a team, including an 8-for-14 performance by hero Jeremy Kaminer ’10. No doubt the most important of his 23 points were the last three, as he banked a 30-footer off the glass at the buzzer for the win.
(Notably, he also hit a three at the buzzer to send last year’s game against Eastern Connecticut into overtime.)
Wes trailed 38-34 at halftime but used a 22-5 run in the second to take a late 65-61 lead. Wes later led 69-64 with 30 seconds left, but Amherst tied it up with 6.7 remaining (helped in large part by a 3-man advantage), setting the stage for Kam’s heroics. And for the conspiracy theorists out there, Wes has held its opponents to 69 points in its last two Little Three wins (80-69 at Williams in 2006-07 being the other).
The Lady Cards head up to LeFrak
Mausoleum Gymnasium tomorrow for a 7:00 tip. Can they make it back-to-back? Stay tuned.
(Photo courtesy SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)
[EDIT] Finally got ahold of a video clip. See it here.
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