FROSTBURG, Md. – A showdown between two of the Capital Athletic Conference's elite players lived up to the hype, but Paul Reynolds and the Wesley College men's basketball team defeated Christian Jackson and Frostburg State, 75-67, on Wednesday afternoon. The Wolverines (13-4, 3-1 CAC), who have now won more games than all of last season, are on an eight-game winning streak and are victorious in ten of its last 11 contests. The Bobcats fall to 5-10 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Reynolds finished with 30 points on 14-of-21 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals for Wesley. Jackson ended up with 31 points on 12-of-23 shooting, along with seven rebounds, an assist and three steals.
As Reynolds, a Wilmington native, and Jackson went head-to-head for much of the game, the Wolverines' supporting cast did a tremendous job outdueling Frostburg. Quincy Pettiford finished with 16 points and David Langan recorded a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. Anthony Bowers also pitched in with eight points while draining a couple three-pointers and Eric Selby dished out a game-high five assists.
Frostburg also received contributions from DeSean Antoine (15 points) while Kwambine Coker and Royce Hunsberger finished with eight points apiece.
Wesley narrowly outshot Frostburg, 42.4% to 39.3% as both teams made five shots from downtown and 14 free throws. The difference was on the glass as the Wolverines out-rebounded the Bobcats, 47-36, and held a 22-8 advantage on second-chance points.
With the game tied at 33 with just over a minute left in the first half, Jackson made the game's next five points to give FSU a 38-33 halftime lead. Reynolds finished the first half with 19 points on 9-of-9 shooting while Jackson recorded 18 first-half points on 8-of-13 from the floor.
Jackson gave Frostburg its largest lead with two free throws to open the second half, but Reynolds led Wesley right back with seven-straight points, including back-to-back layups to tie the game at 40 with 15:31 left in regulation.
Both teams traded single-possession leads for most of the second half but a pair of threes by Pettiford, followed by consecutive layups by Reynolds, gave the Wolverines back the lead with just over three minutes remaining.
After a Frostburg made free throw tied the score at 63 with 2:48 left, Wesley scored the next five points with three points by Rasheed Carter sandwiching another layup by Reynolds. A pair of free throws by Jackson cut the lead to 68-65 in favor of the Wolverines with 1:26 left but after a rebound by Carter, Wayne Lennon found Pettiford inside for a slam dunk. Pettiford was also fouled on the jam and completed the three-point play to give Wesley a 71-65 advantage with 47 ticks left to seal the win.
The Wolverines return home to Wentworth Gymnasium on Saturday, January 12, when they take on No. 9 St. Mary's in a 4 pm start.