ARLINGTON, Va. – Wayne Lennon dropped a career-high 26 points and the Wesley College men's basketball team led from nearly start to finish as the Wolverines defeated first-place Marymount, 77-68, on Wednesday night at Verizon Sports Arena. Wesley evens its record at 9-9 overall along with a 7-4 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference while the Saints fall to 14-4 on the year and 8-3 in the CAC.
Lennon, who scored 18 points in the second half, sunk 7-of-12 shots from the floor with four threes while making all eight of his free throws. The junior from Whitesboro, N.J., had a well-rounded stat line with ten rebounds for a double-double, along with five assists, three steals and a pair of blocks.
However, Lennon was not the only Wolverine who got into the act as Jordan Johnson went for 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Quincy Pettiford chipped in with 12 while making 6-of-7 from the stripe. Wesley's free throw shooting, which has doomed the Wolverines in several games this season, was at its best as the Navy & White made 19-of-22 on the night.
Wesley's free throw shooting was very pivotal as it held just a 46.4% to 46.2% advantage in field goal.
Both teams battled for positon in the early stages of the first half but the Wolverines got more comfortable as the game went on as a triple by Jason Forges and a pair of jumpers by Johnson gave them a 19-11 lead with 9:23 left in the opening period. Marymount charged right back, but when it got close, a trio of Wesley captains including Lennon, Pettiford and Anthony Bowers would stop the bleeding with a big shot from deep.
The Wolverines took a 33-28 lead into the half but the Saints opened the second half strong, and even took its only lead with 10:12 remaining on a jumper by Dmitri Rucker. The deficit was very brief as Lennon tipped in a Bowers miss on the ensuing possession, starting a 9-0 run that gave Wesley the lead for good.
With Wesley holding a 55-48 advantage after the run, Marymount scored four-straight points to get the game within a single possession but Lennon sunk a jumper, grabbed a defensive rebound on the Saints' ensuing possession and draining a three to put Wesley back on top by eight with just over five minutes left.
The Wolverines will travel to Frostburg State for a 3 pm CAC tipoff on Saturday, January 31.