Cavaliers Close 2012 with 87-69 Win over Wesleyan
RADNOR, Pa. – After 20 days without game action, it took the Cabrini College men's basketball a few minutes to find its touch, but after 40 minutes, the Cavaliers improved to 7-3 on the year with an 87-69 win over the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals.
The Blue and White connected on 50% of its field goal attempts, including 12-26 from beyond the three point line. Sophomore Aaron Walton-Moss led the Cavaliers with 26 points in just 15 minutes off the bench on 10-12 shooting. Senior Jeremy Knowles added 13 points, while junior Fran Rafferty tallied 11.
The Cardinals tool early control of the score board building a 14-7 lead just five minutes into the game. Cabrini responded with a 13-1 spurt, capped by a Walton-Moss lay-up, establishing a 20-15 lead. A Knowles' three pointer in the final minute of the opening stanza gave the Blue and White a 40-28 lead.
The Cavaliers built their lead by turning defense into offense. Cabrini held the Cardinals to 1-12 from three-point range and converted nine Wesleyan turnovers into 16 first half points.
Cabrini turned up its defensive pressure in the second half as a steal by junior Corey Frizzera led to an A.J. Williams lay-up and a 47-31 lead just over two minutes into the half. Wesleyan cut the lead back to seven points with a 9-0 run of its own. A Williams three-pointer stemmed the tide and sent the Cavaliers on a 12-4 lead, extending their lead to 62-44 with 10:46 to play.
The Blue and White overcame a 43-31 rebound disadvantage with a season-low six turnovers and season-high 12 made three-pointers. Cabrini also held the Cardinals to 4-20 from three-point range and turned 16 Wesleyan turnovers into 25 points.
Williams finished the game with nine points, while senior DeLeon Floyd and freshman John White added eight points each. Floyd and seniors Goran Dulac joined junior Tim McDaniels with five rebounds. McDaniels also recorded a game-high four assists.
Senior guard Shasha Brown led Wesleyan (6-5) with 21 points, while fellow senior Mike Callaghan tallied 19. Junior Glen Thomas secured a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Cavaliers will travel to Dover, Del. on Wednesday when they travel to Wesley College (10-4). Game time is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.