SALISBURY, Md. – In a game that saw 14 lead changes and 10 ties, the Wesley College men's basketball team forced overtime against the unbeaten Salisbury Sea Gulls on the road on Sunday. But, a last-second three-pointer by the Sea Gulls would down the Wolverines, 91-89.
Trailing 41-40 at the half and went down by four in the early moments of the second half, Wesley would take the lead and get out to their largest lead of the game with 15:09 left in regulation. A Moe Goin layup would cap a 13-2 run by Wesley and put the Wolverines up by seven.
Salisbury chipped away at the lead throughout the second half, but Wesley would get their lead back out to seven with 8:53 to go in regulation when Evan Anderson would drain a step-back jump shot from the elbow.
Both teams traded the lead in the latter part of regulation. Wesley would hold an 80-78 lead with 28 seconds to go in regulation when Tyrone Craven split a pair of free throws. Salisbury's Johnny Fierstein drew a foul to send him to the line. Fierstein made both of his free throws to tie the game at 80.
Wesley had a chance to take the lead at the end of regulation. Brian Cameron would drive to the paint and get a contested shot up, but it would hit the front of the rim and send the game into overtime.
Once again, both teams battled throughout the overtime period. Cameron would knock down two free throws with 1:15 left in overtime to give Wesley the 89-88 lead. Fierstein would miss a three-pointer and Wesley would get the possession with 54 seconds to go in overtime.
Anderson's running floater would hit back iron and Brandon Lewis would get the offensive rebound with 23 seconds. Lewis' put back rimmed out and Salisbury would get the ball with 20 seconds left in the game.
Salisbury's Gary Briddell hit a corner three-pointer on the fast break to give Salisbury the 91-89 lead with 12 seconds left in the game.
Anderson's last second three-pointer, hoping to draw a foul, would be blocked by Briddell and Salisbury would outlast Wesley's upset bid.
As a team, Wesley would shoot 28-of-67 (41.8%) from the field. Wesley held the 43-41 rebounding edge, including a 13-9 advantage on the offensive glass. Wesley scored 11 second-chance points off of those 13 offensive rebounds.
Brian Cameron and Brandon Lewis would record double-doubles to pace the Wolverines. Cameron notched a season-high 29 points and 11 rebounds, along with three assists and three steals. Cameron went 10-for-21 from the field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Lewis tallied 15 points and a team-best 12 rebounds.
Johnny Fierstein had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists to pace the Sea Gulls.
Wesley (4-5) will head south to Birmingham, Ala. next week to take part in the two-day Black Tie Classic at Birmingham Southern College. Wesley opens the tournament on Thursday, Dec. 13 when they face the host Panthers at 7 p.m. CST / 8 p.m. EST.