Men’s basketball clinches berth in CAC Tournament with win over rival Salisbury

Photo by Joy Cheatham
Photo by Joy Cheatham

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College men's basketball team clinched a spot in their 11th consecutive Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship Tournament with a 67-57 win on Wednesday over Route 13 rival Salisbury, their fourth win in a row.

Wesley was in the lead from the start and held Salisbury to 26.7 percent (23-86) from the field. Wesley stifling zone defense and good shooting from beyond three-point land gave Wesley the 32-21 lead over Salisbury heading to the halftime intermission.

Wesley was cold starting the second half and Salisbury cut the Wesley lead to 32-28 five minutes into the second half. Wesley then got out on a 17-3 run in the middle part of the second quarter to extend their lead to 49-21 and pull away from Salisbury for the rest of the game.

As a team, Wesley shot 45.1 percent (23-51) from the field and was 8-for-17 from the three. Wesley outrebounded Salisbury at a 52-45 clip.

Brian Cameron netted his fourth double-double of the season with a 17-point, 12-rebound effort. Cameron was 7-of-15 from the field.

Evan Anderson tallied 15 points, powered by 10 first-half points. Mychal Stefanides notched 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Paul Clemons secured seven rebounds and chipped in with six points. Brandon Lewis also recorded six points in the win.

Off the bench, JW Lawson scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds. Derick Charles reeled in nine boards and dished out three assists while George Cook picked up five rebounds and handed out four assists.

Chad Barcikowski had 24 points and nine rebounds for Salisbury.

It's Wesley's first win over Salisbury since the 2013-14 season.

The Wolverines (13-11, 9-8 CAC) will wrap up the regular season when they hit the road to take on the Frostburg St. Bobcats on Saturday. The Wolverines will clinch the fifth seed with a win over Frostburg. Tip-off of the CAC regular season finale is scheduled for 3 p.m.