ST. MARY'S, MD – Despite a game-high 27 points from Paul Reynolds, the Wesley College men's basketball team fell at #14 St. Mary's (Md.), 79-78 in overtime at the Capital Athletic Conference Championship Game. The Wolverines (20-7) will hope to earn an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament while the Seahawks (24-3) earn an automatic berth. The NCAA will announce the Tournament Bracket on Monday, February 24, at 12:30 pm on NCAA.com.
Neither team extended a lead higher than eight points throughout the game, but Wesley had that eight point lead at 68-60 with 3:47 left in regulation after a layup by Reynolds. A pair of Seahawks layups from Kyle Wise and Nick LaGuerre cut the deficit in half with just under a minute left.
St. Mary's was quick to foul Wesley, who was still shooting one-and-one at the time. Reynolds made the front end and missed the second and after a Wolverines foul, Wise made a layup and LaGuerre made a trey with 13 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
A three by Quincy Pettiford opened the half and Pettiford tipped in a miss from Reynolds to give Wesley a 76-73 advantage with 1:38 left in overtime. Reynolds made a free throws with 36 seconds left after missing the first to extend the lead to four, but LaGuerre then drew a foul and sunk both charity shots to cut the advantage to 77-75 with 28 seconds left.
Wayne Lennon was immediately fouled on the inbounds pass and made 1-of-2 from the line and LaGuerre once again made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to make it a one-point game. Once again, Wesley was fouled on the inbounds, but missed both free throws, leading to a game-winning layup by LaGuerre with five seconds left as Reynolds' desperation three came up short.
Reynolds, who moved into second past Larry Bryant on Wesley's career points chart with 1,803, made 11-of-20 from the field and tied David Langan for a team-high seven rebounds. Langan finished with 13 points while Pettiford and Langan added 12 points apiece.
LaGuerre finished with 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting while making three shots from behind-the-arc and 6-of-7 from the line. Wise added 15 points while Donn Hill and Brendan McFall chipped in with ten points each.
Wesley, which played in its fourth CAC title game in the last five years, outshot St. Mary's, 60.0% to 48.5% from the floor, but the Wolverines made just 8-of-18 shots from the free throw line, including several misses in key moments. The Seahawks finished 9-of-11 from the stripe and made six threes compared to just four for the Navy & White.