2006 Men's Basketball News

Johnson Earns Regional Honors
DOVER, De. - Wesley College's Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) was named to the D3Hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Men's Basketball 3rd Team, which was announced by D3Hoops.com on Wednesday morning.  Johnson, a 1st Team All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) selection, led the PAC in scoring with 22.3 points per game and had 7.1 rebounds per game, while also scoring his 1,000th point during the season.  Johnson was named the conference's Player of the Week three times and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Division Player of the Week twice.  He led the Wolverines in scoring in 22 games during the season.  Johnson was 214-of-480 (44.6%) from the field and finished 8th in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage, going 78-of-199 (39.1%) from 3-point land.

Johnson was a 2nd Team selection by D3Hoops.com his freshman year and is a two-time 1st Team All-Conference selection in the PAC.  Johnson was the only PAC player named to the All-Region team.  Wesley will be competing in Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) beginning in the fall of 2007.  Photo: Rashawn Johnson

Johnson Named 1st Team in Men's Basketball
DOVER, De. - Wesley College's Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) was named 1st Team All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) in men's basketball for the second consecutive year.  Johnson led the conference in scoring with 22.3 points per game and finished 7th in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game, while also scoring his 1,000th point during the season.  Johnson was named the conference's Player of the Week three times and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Division Player of the Week twice.  He led the Wolverines in scoring in 22 games during the season.  Johnson was 214-of-480 (44.6%) from the field and finished 8th in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage, going 78-of-199 (39.1%) from long range.

Joe Ransom (FR, Sheffield, England/Wilbraham and Monson Academy) was named to the 2007 All-PAC Sportsmanship Team for the Wolverines.

Wesley Taken Out by Mighty Macs, 77-62
IMMACULATA, Pa. - Freshman Jayson Hyman recorded a career-high 34 points, as Immaculata University posted a 77-62 win over Wesley College (11-15) in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) quarterfinals. In addition to his career-best 34 points, Hyman also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds. His 34 points is the highest total in team history. Junior Robert Jones registered 19 points, while sophomore Dan Lepone posted seven points.

The Mighty Macs never trailed in the contest as they jumped out to a 9-2 lead with 16:00 left. The Wolverines pulled to within 13-12 with 14:10 remaining, but Immaculata pulled away and ended the half on an 11-0 run to take a 39-21 lead into intermission.

Wesley came out in the second half and cut into the Mighty Macs' lead. They whittled an 18-point halftime deficit down to eight, 56-48, with 8:13 left. Immaculata responded with a 19-5 run to post a 75-53 lead with 1:19 remaining.  The playoff win is the first ever in the history of the Immaculata men's basketball program.

Sophomore Rashawn Johnson collected a double-double with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Evan Martin registered 15 points for the Wolverines.  The Mighty Macs (11-15) will travel to Gwynedd-Mercy on Tuesday, February 20, for a PAC semifinal game. Tip-off time is yet to be determined.

Wesley Earns Playoff Berth with Win
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (11-14, 9-9) defeated conference opponent College Misericordia (10-15, 8-10) by a final score of 75-65, in men's basketball action on Thursday night, at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  With the win, Wesley clinches the 6th spot in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament.  The opponent and time is still to be determined and the game will be an away contest for Wesley on Saturday, February 17th.

The Wolverines had four players in double-figures being led by Tyrell Brown's (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.  Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech), James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) and Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) posted 13, 12 and 12 points respectively, with White grabbing 8 rebounds.

Wesley shot 27-of-67 (40.3%) from the field and held a 48-35 advantage in rebounds and a 20-10 advantage on the offensive glass.  Misericordia was an uncharacteristic 6-of-27 (36.4%) from 3-point range on the night and was led by Tony Rezykowski (SR, Dimock, PA/Elk Lake) who had 16 points for the Cougars.  Photo: Tyrell Brown

Johnson Garners Co-Honor in Men's Basketball
DOVER, De. - Wesley College's Rashawn Johnson (So, G, Selbyville, DE/ Sussex Tech) was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week for the week ending February 11th.  Johnson averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal for the Wolverines in a 1-1 overall and 1-1 conference week.  Johnson posted 22 points, shooting 53% (9-of-17) from the field and added 8 rebounds, in Wesley's loss to Immaculata University on Monday.  On Thursday night, in a 62-56 victory against Arcadia University, Johnson recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. 

This was the third week Johnson captured the PAC honor.  Alvernia College's Garrett Etzel (SR, G, Shillington, PA/Governor Mifflin) also received the Co-Player of the Week honor for his third time.

Wesley Drops Game to Gwynedd-Mercy, 72-65
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (10-14, 8-9) lost to conference opponent Gwynedd-Mercy College (13-11, 11-6) by a final score of 72-65, in men's basketball action on Monday night at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) and Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) led Wesley with 16 points apiece, while James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) added 12 points.  White grabbed 9 rebounds in the game.

Wesley was 26-of-64 (40.6%) from the field and only 8-of-32 (25%) from 3-point range on the night and committed 17 turnovers.  Chris DelBrocco (SR, Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann) had a game-high 29 points, going 6-of-10 from 3-point range.  Gwynedd-Mercy was 28-of-62 (45.2%) from the floor, while the Wolverines held a slim 41-37 advantage on the boards.

Wesley Evens up Conference Mark with Win
Defeat Arcadia 62-56
GLENSIDE, Pa. - Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) posted a double-double and game-highs with 24 points and 12 rebounds as Wesley defeated conference foe Arcadia University (10-13, 8-8) by a final score of 62-56, in men's basketball action on Thursday night.  The Wolverines improve to 10-13 overall and 8-8 in conference play.  Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort.

Wesley opened up the scoring, holding a small advantage until an Arcadia 3-pointer gave the Scarlet Knights their first lead of the contest with 13:57 (10-9).  Wesley would retake the lead on two of Johnson's 24 points of the night, building an eight point lead with seven minutes to play in the first half.  Arcadia tied the game at 23 apiece with under four minutes to play.  The Wolverines quickly mounted a 6-point advantage on a Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) jumper to end the half to put Wesley up 30-24.

Johnson opened up the second half scoring draining another Wesley three to put his team up 9 early in the half.  Arcadia would make another comeback, evening the score at 33-all on a made bucket by Andrew Martin (SR, Philadelphia, PA/Philadelphia Sciences).  

No team would mount more than a four point advantage the rest of the way, and despite an Arcadia bucket to knot the game at 50-all with 3:30 remaining, the Wolverines remained in possession of the lead as their defense held tight to prevent the Knights from a good look at the basket in the final minute of play.

Johnson Named ECAC Co-Southern POTW
DOVER, De. - Wesley College's Rashawn Johnson (SO, G, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Division Co-Player of the Week, for the week ending of January 29th.  Johnson averaged 23.6 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Wolverines in a 3-0 overall and 3-0 conference week. For the week, Johnson shot 50% (25-of-50) from the field, 48% (12-of-25) from three-point range and 90% (9-of-10) from the free throw line.  In Monday's 80-57 defeat of Cabrini College, Johnson scored 27 points and reached the 1,000 career point mark for his career, becoming only the 9th player in Wesley men's history to reach the mark.

Johnson was also named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Week for the second time, along with Tuesday's ECAC honor.

Johnson Earns Second Player of the Week Honor
ASTON, Pa. - Wesley College's Rashawn Johnson (SO, G, Selbyville, DE/ Sussex Tech) was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending February 4th.  Johnson averaged 23.6 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Wolverines in a 3-0 overall and 3-0 conference week.  For the week, Johnson shot 50% (25-of-50) from the floor and was 48% from 3-point range (12-of-25).  In Monday's 80-57 defeat of Cabrini College, Johnson scored his 1,000th career point and followed that performance with a 28 point and 13 rebound performance in Wesley 79-74 overtime win over Marywood University.  Johnson finished the week scoring 16 points in the Wolverines' 73-69 win over Arcadia University.

This was the second week Johnson captured the PAC honor.

Wesley Loses to Immaculata in Key Showdown
IMMACULATA, Pa. - Wesley College (9-13, 7-8) lost to conference opponent Immaculata University (9-12, 9-5) by a final score of 74-65, in men's basketball action on Monday night.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) paced Wesley with 22 points and 8 rebounds, while James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) and Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) had 12 and 11 points respectively.  The loss snaps Wesley's three-game winning streak and Immaculata has won seven of its last nine games.

The Mighty Macs (9-12, 9-5 PAC) started out strong as they posted a 36-22 lead with 3:26 left in the opening half.  They held on for a 39-30 halftime margin.  The Wolverines scored the first basket of the second half, but Immaculata used a 14-7 run to grab a 53-39 lead with 13:59 remaining in the second half.  The Mighty Macs pushed their lead to a 17-point advantage, 60-43, the largest of the game, at 11:43 of the second half.

Wesley Takes Key Conference Win over Arcadia
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (9-12, 7-7) defeated conference foe Arcadia University (9-12, 7-7) by a final score of 73-69, in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  Evan Martin (SO, Wilmington, DE/Laurinburg) led Wesley with 22 points and 7 assists, while shooting 4-of-8 from 3-point range.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) and Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) joined Martin in double-figures with 16 and 15 points respectively.  Johnson had 7 rebounds and Brown was 7-of-8 from the field.  Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Wolverines committed only 3 turnovers, while dishing out 13 assists and shot 27-of-60 (45%) from the field.  Arcadia was 27-of-55 (49.1%) from the field and 7-of-15 (46.7%) from 3-point range.  Wesley held a slim advantage on the boards, 35-33.

Arcadia was led by Dave Boettcher (SR, Media, PA/Penncrest) and Kevin Brown's (JR, Trenton, NJ/Burlington Township) 15 points nights.  Wesley will next be in action on Monday, February 5th as they will travel to Immaculata University, with tip-off set for 8:00, in conference action.

Wesley Posts Second Win over Pacers in OT
SCRANTON, Pa. - Wesley College (8-12, 6-7) and Marywood University (5-16, 2-12) played their second overtime game of 2007, with Wesley defeating the Pacers by a final score of 79-74, in men's basketball action on Thursday night.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) registered a game-high 28 points and grabbed a game-high 13 boards for the Wolverines, while Evan Martin (SO, Wilmington, DE/Laurinburg) had 18 points and dished out 7 assists.  Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) added 15 points in the Wesley win.

Trailing 56-50 with 9:33 to go, Marywood slowly chipped away at the Wesley lead and would eventually knot the game at 68-68 when Matt Johnson sank a free-throw with 31 seconds on the clock.  Wesley then held the ball for one last attempt, but the shot fell off the rim into Marywood's Joshua Pena's (SO, New York, NY/Health Professions) hands, who launched a half court shot that fell short as time expired.    The Wolvernines quickly regained a four-point lead in the extra frame thanks to consecutive baskets by Martin.  Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) then nailed a three-pointer and a lay-up to give the Wolverines a 77-70 lead that they would hold onto.  Marywood was led by Adam Wildasin's (SR, Hanover, PA/Delone Catholic) 22 points.

Johnson Scores 1,000th Point in Wesley Win
RADNOR, Pa. - Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) recorded his 1,000th point, while scoring a game-high 27 points to help lead Wesley to an 80-57 win over conference opponent Cabrini College (2-16, 1-10), in men's basketball action on Monday night.  Johnson is the ninth player at Wesley to reach the 1,000 point plateau and did so shooting 10-of-14 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the 3-point line.  The Wolverines are now 7-12 overall and 5-7 in conference play and snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.

Wesley started off with a 10-0 lead and finished the first half shooting 18-of-29 (62.1%) from the field, going into halftime with a 45-24 advantage.  The Wolverines finished the game 32-of-55 (58.2%) for a season best field goal percentage.  Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) was 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from 3-point range for 16 points, while James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) was 4-of-5 from the field for 9 points.  Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) had a game-high 10 rebounds.  Photo: Rashawn Johnson

Wesley Out-Played by Neumann
ASTON, Pa. - Wesley College (6-12, 4-7) fell to conference opponent Neumann College (11-7, 8-3) by a final score of 82-62, in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.  Wesley was led by Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) who posted 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting and grabbing 8 rebounds, while Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) had 11 points.  Wesley finished the first half on a 9-2 run to pull within 9, going into halftime down 40-31.

The Wolverines shot 24-of-54 (44.4%) from the field and were forced into 16 turnovers on the night.  Neumann committed only 8 turnovers.

Wolverines Lose to League-Leading Alvernia
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (6-11, 4-6) lost to conference leading Alvernia College (13-3, 8-1) by a final score of 79-69, in men's basketball action on Thursday night at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  Wesley was led by Rashawn Johnson's (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) 20 points, while Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) had his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds.  Wesley fell behind early going into halftime down 37-25.

Alvernia was led by Terrence Shawell (SO, Pottstown, PA/Pottstown) who had a game-high 38 points and 11 rebounds on 13-of-24 shooting.  Garrett Etzel (SR, Shillington, PA/Governor Mifflin) added 18 points and Matt King (FR, Phoenixville, PA/St. Pius X) had 13 points.  Wesley shot 25-of-70 (35.7%) from the field and both teams committed 13 turnovers.  The Crusaders were 26-of-57 (45.6%) from the field.

Mighty Macs Dominate Wesley
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (6-10, 4-5) lost to conference opponent Immaculata University (5-10, 5-3) by a final score of 75-66, in men's basketball action on Monday, at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  The Wolverines shot only 20-of-50 (40%) from the floor to Immaculata's 30-of-53 (56.6%).  Wesley also committed 16 turnovers on the night.

The Wolverines were led by Cody White's (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) 13 points and 9 rebounds, while James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) added 11 points.  Immaculata had two 22-point scorers in Kyle Finklea (SO, Lansdowne, PA/Penn Wood) and Jayson Hyman (FR, Philadelphia, PA/Penn Wood).  Immaculata has now won four straight games.

Wesley will host conference opponent and first place team Alvernia College on Thursday, January 25th at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM.  The game will be 'white-out' night, so all fans are requested to wear white t-shirst to the game.

Wolverines Hang on For Conference Win
DOVER, De. - Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) paced the Wolverines with 31 points and 10 rebounds, as Wesley defeated Eastern University (8-7, 5-5) by a final score of 78-75, in men's basketball action at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.  Evan Martin (SO, Wilmington, DE/Laurinburg) added 16 points for Wesley in a key conference win, while Johnson was 11-of-21 from the field.  Wesley improves to 6-9 overall and 4-4 in conference play.

Wesley jumped out to an early 12-4 lead with 14:38 remaining in the first half, before the Eagles tied the score at 18 apiece with just under 11 minutes to go.  Eastern went into halftime up 34-33.

After the Eagles scored the first two points of the second half, Wesley went on a 20-8 run to take a 53-44 lead with 11:54 remaining in the game.  After two consecutive Johnson three-pointers and a Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) basket, Wesley was up 66-51 with 8:27 remaining in the game.  Eastern steadily mounted a comeback closing within 5 (66-61) with just under 7 minutes to play.  The Wolverines held the lead the rest of the way with Eastern pulling to within 1 (76-75) with 16 seconds left, following a David Volpe (JR, Harleysville, PA/Christopher Dock) lay-up.  Martin then went the distance of the court with a lay-up with 8 seconds to go for the final margin.  Eastern had one last attempt to tie the game, but was unable to convert.

The Wolverines committed only 8 turnovers in the game, while forcing the Eagles into 20 turnovers.  Eastern shot an impressive 28-of-47 (59.6%) from the field, while Wesley was 30-of-74 (40.5%) from the field.  Eastern was led by Lenny DiMaria's (SR, Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) 17 points.  Wesley will next be in action on Monday, January 22nd as they will host Immaculata University at 8:00 PM.  Photo: Rashawn Johnson

Slow Start Dooms Wesley
DALLAS, Pa. - Wesley College (5-9, 3-4) traveled to conference opponent College Misericordia (6-9, 4-4) on Thursday night in men's basketball action, losing to the Cougars by a final score of 83-64.  The Cougars opened up a 13-3 lead early and built that lead to 40-20 with just over two minutes to play, before going into halftime with a 40-24 advantage.  Wesley used an 11-0 run to pull within seven, 52-45, but Misericordia answered right back with an 11-2 run of their own to seemingly put the game away.

Wesley was led by Rashawn Johnson's (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) 23 points, while Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) added 10 points.  Wesley committed only 10 turnovers in the game and shot 12-of-13 from the free throw line, but could only hit 22-of-67 (32.8%) shots from the field.  Misericordia shot an impressive 32-of-61 (52.5%) from the field for the game.

Johnson Earns PAC Honor
Also Nam
ed Co-Player of the Week for the ECAC Southern Division
DOVER, De. - Wesley College's Rashawn Johnson (SO, G, Selbyville, DE/ Sussex Tech) was named the Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending January 14th.  Johnson was also named the ECAC Southern Division Co-Player of the Week for his efforts last week.  Johnson averaged 23.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists as the Wolverines had a 2-0 overall and 2-0 conference week.

Johnson recorded 28 points and 9 rebounds against Eastern University in Wesley 81-76 win and followed with 19 points and 13 rebounds in team's 80-77 overtime win versus Marywood University.  Photo: Rashawn Johnson

Wesley Leads Throughout, Loses in End to Griffins
GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. - Wesley College (5-8, 3-3) traveled to conference opponent Gwynedd-Mercy College (8-6, 6-1), losing in the final second by a final score of 88-87, in men's basketball action on Monday night.  Gwynedd-Mercy's Haven Wroten (SO, Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) hit a free throw to complete a three-point play with just 2.3 seconds to give the Griffins the win.  It was the Griffins first, and last lead, to help overcome a nine-point deficit with just over three minutes in regulation.

Wesley had four players in double figures led by Evan Martin's (SO, Wilmington, DE/Laurinburg) 21 points. Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) added 19, Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) scored 18 and Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) netted 17.

Gwynedd-Mercy never led in the first half, as Cody White's (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) three-pointer with 7:52 gave the Wolverines its biggest lead of the stanza at 31-17.  The Griffins whittled the hole down to 47-38 at halftime.  In the second half, every time Gwynedd seemingly made a run, Wesley answered as the Wolverines kept a double-digit cushion throughout the period. Down 84-76 with 2:13, Wroten's tough bucket underneath and ensuing foul put the Griffins within just five.

The Griffins' Jack Forth (SO, Upper Merion, Pa./Upper Merion) tied the game 85-85 with 38 ticks left as his lay-in off a steal. On the next possession, Martin gave Wesley a brief 87-85 lead with his running layup, setting the stage for Wroten's heroics.  Gwynedd-Mercy's Chris DelBrocco (SR, Philadelphia, Pa./St. John Neumann) led Gwynedd with 23 points.  Wroten and Corey Rich (SR, Norristown, Pa./Kennedy-Kenrick) each finished with 17. Wroten also pulled down seven boards, blocked a shot and had three steals.

The Griffins shot 62.1% in the second half en route to a 56.7% (34-of-60) performance for the evening. Wesley was red-hot, hitting 64.2% (34-of-53) including 11 treys.

Wesley Wins in Overtime over Pacers, 80-77
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (5-7, 3-2) defeated conference opponent Marywood University (4-7, 2-3) by a final score of 80-77 in overtime, at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium, in men's basketball action on Thursday night.  Wesley was led by four players in double-figures with Rashawn Johnson (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) and Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) both putting up double-doubles on the night.  Johnson led Wesley with 19 points and also grabbed 13 rebounds, while White added 15 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.  Joe Ransom (FR, Sheffield, England/Wilbraham and Monson Academy) added 14 points after going 3-of-6 from 3-point range and also added 7 rebounds and 3 steals.  Evan Martin (SO, Wilmington, DE/Laurinburg) posted 11 points in the Wesley win.

Marywood shot 30-of-58 (51.7%) from the field for the game, while Wesley shot only 30-of-84 (35.7%).  The Pacers forced Wesley into 13 second half turnovers after Wesley held a 45-39 halftime advantage.  The Wolverines held a 52-40 advantage in rebounds.

The Pacers were led by Adam Wildasin (SR, Hanover, PA/Delone Catholic) who posted a game-high 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting.  Prince Blacknall (JR, Stroudsburg, PA/Stroudsburg) added 16 points and Matt Johnson (SR, Wilton, NY/Saratoga Springs) had 13 points for Marywood.

Wesley Gets Win over Eastern, 81-76
St. David's, Pa. - Wesley College (4-7, 2-2) evened up their conference record by defeating Eastern University (6-4, 3-2) by a final score of 81-76, in men's basketball action on Tuesday night.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) posted a game-high 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting, adding 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in the victory.  The Wolverines had another well-balanced effort as Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) posted 14 points and Evan Martin (SO, Wilmington, DE/Laurinburg) added 13 points and 3 assists.  Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while adding 2 steals.

Wesley shot 26 more times than Eastern shooting 31-of-76 (40.8%) from the field and also held a 45-33 advantage in rebounding.  The Wolverines forced Eastern into 21 turnovers on the night and were down 35-31 at halftime.  Wesley will face Marywood University in conference action on Thursday, January 11th with tip-off set for 7:00 at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.

Wolverines Lose Close One to Captains, 78-74
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Wesley College (3-7) lost to non-conference opponent Christopher Newport University (8-4) by a final score of 78-74, in men's basketball action on Saturday night.  Christopher Newport University has been to 16 NCAA Tournaments in the last 20 years and are one of the more successful programs at the Division III level.  The Wolverines led for almost the first 15 minutes of the first half, leading by as many as eight several times. The Captains tied the score at 35-35 with 5:08 left on Theo Baker's trey. CNU took its first lead on its very next possession as Ed Riley's jumper with 4:46 left to play in the first put the Captains in front 37-35.

Riley's bucket kick-started the CNU offense as they reeled off eight straight to lead by eight, 43-35, with 3:35 left. Wesley would go on a run of its own, outscoring the Captains 9-1 to cut the lead to one, 44-43 with 1:13 left. CNU would score the final four points of the half and force two Wesley turnovers on its final two possessions to lead 49-44 at the break.  Both teams were sharp from the field in the first half. The Wolverines were 19-of-38 (50%) from the field, 5-of-15 (33%) from behind the arc and 1-of-2 from the line. Christopher Newport was just as sharp, shooting 23-of-38 (61%) from the floor, but just 1-of-6 (17%) from long range and 2-of-3 from the line.

In the second half, the Captains never trailed as the entire second half saw one tie, late, when Wesley, trailing by as many as eight, knotted the score at 72-72 with 5:29 left in the game. The Wolverines, trailing 66-58, came to life by going on a 14-6 run to get back into the game.  Both teams went scoreless from the time the Wolverines tied the game until the 2:21 mark, over three minutes of play. Wesley had three chances with the score tied to take the lead. A turnover and two missed shots doomed the Wolverines down the stretch.  It was Mark Blasingame's tip-in with 2:21 left that put the Captains ahead for good. Donta Selden's two free throws on CNU's next possession increased the Captains lead to four. Wesley countered with a lay-up off a CNU turnover with 41 seconds to go, but Korey Lewis' put-back with six ticks left sealed the win.  For the game, Wesley finished 30-of-72 (42%) shooting, 8-of-28 (29%) from long range and 6-of-8 from the stripe. CNU was 35-of-62 (57%) from the field, 1-of-8 (13%) on three's and 7-of-10 from the line.

The Captains turned the ball over 20 times which led to 20 Wesley points. The Wolverines turned the ball over just nine times which led to 16 CNU points. Christopher Newport dominated the points in the paint, outscoring Wesley 56-32.  Rashawn Johnson led Wesley with 26 points on 11-of-28 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-11from behind the arc. Tyrell Brown was a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line and finished with 22 points.

Johnson Leads Four in Double-Figures in Win
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (3-6) defeated non-conference opponent Dickinson College (2-8) by a final score of 84-59, in men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) led Wesley with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and added 6 rebounds.  Wesley had three others in double-figures with Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown), Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) and Rogelio Burton (SO, Wilmington, DE/Howard) posting 14, 12 and 10 points respectively.  White had a double-double adding 12 rebounds.  Evan Martin (SO, Wilmington, DE/Laurinburg) added a game-high 5 assists.

The Wolverines shot 35-of-71 (49.3%) from the floor and forced Dickinson into 25 turnovers on the night.  Both teams had 41 rebounds.  Wesley owned a 43-29 lead at halftime.

Wesley Overcomes Early Deficit
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (2-6) overcame a 33-21 halftime deficit to defeat non-conference opponent Gallaudet University (1-8) by a final score of 73-61, in men's basketball action on Monday night at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) had a double-double for Wesley posting 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wolverines.  Evan Martin (SO, Wilmington, DE/Laurinburg) posted 16 points, while Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown), Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) and Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) all had 9 points apiece in a balanced Wolverine effort.  Brown added 9 rebounds.

Wesley only shot 7-of-28 (25%) in the first half, but answered back shooting 16-of-32 (50%) in the second half of play where the Wolverines posted 52 points.  Gallaudet out-rebounded Wesley 42-39 and forced 24 Bison turnovers.

Wesley No Match for Alvernia
READING, Pa. - Wesley College (1-6, 1-2) lost to conference opponent Alvernia College (4-2, 2-0) by a final score of 80-65, in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon, which was also a rematch of the 2005 conference championship game. 

After falling behind 36-24 heading into halftime, Wesley cut the deficit to seven (41-34) off a basket by Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) with 16:16 remaining in the game.  On Alvernia's next possession, Wesley's Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) had a steal, but following a Wesley turnover Alvernia pushed the lead back to 12 with 14:55 to go.  The Wolverines would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

Wesley was led by Rashawn Johnson's (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) 20 points, while going 6-of-9 from 3-point range.  Brown had another solid effort for Wesley with 18 points and 8 rebounds.  The Wolverines shot only 7-of-28 (25%) in the first half and finished 22-of-56 (39.3%) for the game, while committing 18 turnovers.

Balanced Effort Leads Wesley to First Win
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (1-5, 1-1) had four players in double-figures to help the Wolverines defeat conference rival Cabrini College (1-5, 1-2) by a final score of 72-70, in men's basketball action on Monday night, at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech), Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna), Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) and James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) had 19, 17, 13 and 11 points respectively to lead the balanced Wesley attack.

The Wolverines jumped out to an early 10-point lead at 16-6 with 15:37 still remaining in the half and held a 12-point advantage (28-16) with 9:54 to play before halftime.  From that point on, Cabrini went on a 16-3 run to take a 1-point lead with just over 5 minutes to play in the half.  Cabrini's Charles Bush (FR, Villanova, PA/Harriton) hit two free-throws to put Cabrini up 38-36 going into halftime.

After the break, Wesley quickly tied the score at 38-38 and took the lead off a 3-point basket by Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) to put the Wolverines up 41-38.  Wesley would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way, although the Cavaliers would tie the score 5 more times along the way.  Wesley held a 67-60 lead with 5:03 remaining in the game following an easy bucket by Brown.  Cabrini then answered back scoring the next seven points to tie the score at 67 apiece with 2:21 remaining.  Brown then put Wesley up 69-67 after two free-throws and Henry converted 1-of-2 free throws to give Wesley a 70-67 lead with 1:27 to go.  Henry then converted two more free-throw attempts to put the Wolverines up 72-67, before Bush nailed a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds on the clock.  After Wesley in-bounded the ball, Cabrini quickly fouled Henry with 1 second remaining and after missing the free-throw, Cabrini made one last full-court attempt as time ran out.

Brown had a double-double on the night adding 11 rebounds and 3 steals to his 13 point effort, while White also added 7 rebounds for Wesley.  Henry dished out 5 assists.  The Wolverines shot 10-of-25 (40%) from 3-point range for the game and committed only 12 turnovers on the night to Cabrini's 18.  Photo: Tyrell Brown

Wesley Loses in Consolation Round to York
ROCKY MOUNT, Nc. - Wesley College (0-5) lost to non-conference opponent York College of New York (3-3) by a final score of 64-54, in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon, in the Roger Taylor Invitational.  The Wolverines were led by Rashawn Johnson's (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) 20 points, while Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) added 13 points.  Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) had a game-high 7 rebounds in the game.

Wesley held a 30-25 lead at halftime, but shot only 6-of-25 (24%) from the field in the 2nd half of play and only 1-of-10 (10%) from 3-point range.  For the game Wesley was 17-of-48 (35.4%) from the field.  Both teams committed 14 turnovers, with York holding a 37-28 advantage in rebounds.

Wolverines Lose in Overtime to Piedmont
ROCKY MOUNT, Nc. - Wesley College (0-4) lost to non-conference opponent Piedmont College (2-3) by a final score of 95-89 in overtime, in men's basketball action on Friday night, at the Roger Taylor Invitational.  Wesley was led by Rashawn Johnson's (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) 35 points and 7 rebounds, while James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) added 19 points in the loss.  Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) and Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) each had 10 points apiece, with Henry adding 5 assists.

Wesley was 31-of-73 (42.5%) from the field, while the Lions shot 34-of-54 (63%) from the field.  The Wolverines held a 39-35 advantage in rebounds.

Wolverines Dumped by Neumann, 80-69
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (0-3, 0-1) lost to conference opponent Neumann College (2-1, 1-0) by a final score of 80-69, in men's basketball action at Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.  Wesley jumped out to a 15-5 lead before Neumann took a 31-30 lead into halftime.  The Wolverines were led by Rashawn Johnson's (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) 20 points and 7 rebounds, while James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) and Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) had 14 and 10 points apiece.  Cody White (SO, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech) had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Neumann had 15 assists on the night to Wesley's 7 and forced the Wolverines into 19 turnovers.  The Wolverines shot 28-of-65 (43.1%) from the field for the game.

Gettysburg Too Much for Wolverines
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Wesley College (0-2) lost to non-conference opponent Gettysburg College (1-1) in the consolation round of the 16th Annual Days Inn Tip-Off Tournament by a final score of 77-67, in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) led Wesley with 27 points, while Daniel Henry (SO, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) and Tyrell Brown (SR, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) had 15 and 11 points respectively, while Brown added 7 rebounds for the Wolverines.

Wesley shot only 22-of-62 (35.5%) from the field and committed 19 turnovers in the game.  The Wolverines held a 27-24 advantage at halftime.

Wolverines Lose Opener to Ospreys, 85-72
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Wesley College (0-1) lost to non-conference opponent Richard Stockton College (1-0) by a final score of 85-72, in men's basketball action on Friday night, in the Days Inn Gettysburg College Tip-Off Tournament.  Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) led Wesley with 35 points, with 7 3-pointers and James Stratton (FR, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) added 9 points.

Men's Basketball Season Preview
DOVER, De. - Head Men's Basketball Coach Jerry Kobasa enters his second season with the Wesley College basketball program and knows that the 2006-2007 edition is not going to sneak up on team's like the Wolverines did last year.  Wesley finished with a 16-12 record and made the program's first ever trip to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship game, falling to Alvernia College 66-63.  Wesley returns 7 letter-winners and 3 starters from that team and will look to build on the experience of last year.  With this season being the last in the PAC, there is no other way the Wolverines would like to end their time in the conference than with a PAC title.

Much of Wesley's success will be on the shoulders of 2005-2006 1st team All-PAC selection and PAC Rookie of the Year Rashawn Johnson (SO, 6-3, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech).  Johnson, a Wesley tri-captain, led the conference in scoring with 21.5 points per game, while adding 4.56 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 47 steals.  Not only does Johnson bring his uncanny scoring ability, but his work ethic on and off the floor separate him from other players on the court.  Joining Johnson in the backcourt will be point guard Daniel Henry (SO, 5-11, Smyrna, DE/Smyrna) and James Stratton (FR, 6-2, Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney).  Henry came to the Wolverines mid-season last year and saw action in 17 games and has shown steady improvement at the point guard spot, while giving Wesley another scoring threat from the outside.  His ability to control the tempo of the game will by a key factor in Wesley's success.  Stratton is a solid addition to the Wesley backcourt that can play all the guard positions.  His versatile play allows him to go outside and has a great feel around the basket.  Joe Ransom (FR, 6-3, Sheffield, England/Wilbraham and Monson Academy) will also add more depth for Wesley and has extensive international playing experience.  Ransom brings an unselfish attitude on the floor and all-around fundamental style of play that will mix well with the Wolverines.  Dana Clark (JR, 6-3, Upper Marlboro, MD/Frederick Douglass) also returns and will be joined by newcomers Jermaine Miller (SO, 5-10, Dover, DE/Dover), Nehemiah Martin (SO, 5-9, Frederica, DE/Lake Forest) and Derrick Haynes (SO, 6-0, Baltimore, MD/Lake Clifton).

The frontcourt is going to be solidified by the play of the Wolverines' other two captains Tyrell Brown (SR, 6-5, Randallstown, MD/Randallstown) and Cody White (SO, 6-6, Milton, DE/Sussex Tech).  Brown played in all 28 games and started in 22 for Wesley and was one of Wesley's most improved players last season, averaging 8.64 points per game and 5.57 rebounds.  White averaged 6.41 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 199.  White is also one of Wesley's best on-the-ball defenders and can cause match-up problems, because of his ability to go inside or out.  A key addition will be Marques Gantt (SR, 6-9, Camden, DE/Woodrow Wilson) to the frontcourt after transferring to Wesley from Delaware State University.  Gantt brings a veteran leadership to the team and will give Wesley a dominant presence in the middle.  Avery Reid (SO, 6-3, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) returns after playing in 25 games and will be looked upon for his rebounding and defensive play.  Alphonzo Wright (SO, 6-1, Dover, DE/Polytech) also returns for Wesley, but has not seen any time in preseason due to a wrist injury after playing in all 28 games last season.  Wright averaged 4.14 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game and proved to be one of the Wolverines' best defenders and most inspirational leaders.  Joining the frontcourt will be Chad Wright (FR, 6-3, Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow).

Wesley will start its season on November 17th against Richard Stockton College at the Gettysburg College Tournament and will be followed by a conference game on November 21st at home against Neumann College.  Wesley will then travel to North Carolina Wesleyan College for the Roger Traylor Invitational on December 1st and 2nd.  The Wolverines' non-conference opponents are Richard Stockton (11/17), Piedmont College (12/1), Gallaudet University (12/18), Dickinson College (1/3) and preseason #18 Christopher Newport University (1/6) and two other opponents that will be played in the consolation or championship rounds of their respective tournaments.  The Wolverines were picked as the favorites in the PAC Coaches poll that was announced in early November.

Men's Basketball Selected as Preseason Favorite
ASTON, PA - Wesley College's men's basketball team has been selected as the pre-season favorite in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) coaches' poll.  The Wolverines received eight of ten first-place votes and earned 95 points in the poll.  "It is a great honor for Wesley College to have been voted number one in the preseason conference poll, and now we have to live up to that expectation," Wesley head coach Jerry Kobasa said.  "Our program has come along way in a year, and it is up to us to move it to the next level.  We are playing in a very good conference with a lot of outstanding coaches and players that make every game challenging and exciting."

Gwynedd-Mercy College earned two first-place votes and 87 points in the poll.  The Eagles of Eastern University were selected to finish third in the poll, earning 80 points.  Alvernia College, defending PAC Champion, earned the fourth spot with 67 total points.  Arcadia Univeristy was selected to finish fifth with 63 points.  Neumann College (46), Cabrini College (39), Immaculata University (35), College Misericordia (26), and Marywood University (12) rounded out the voting.

Wesley finished the 2005-2006 season with a 16-12 overall record and made the team's first ever appearance into the conference championship game and also earned a berth into the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Division Tournament.  The Wolverines return the conference's leading scorer in Rashawn Johnson (SO, Selbyville, DE/Sussex Tech) after averaging 21.5 points per game in his rookie campaign, earning him 1st Team All-PAC, PAC Rookie of the Year and D3hoops.com 2nd Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region accolades.  Wesley returns 7 letter-winners and welcomes 6 newcomers on the season.

Joseph Ransom Commits to Wesley
DOVER, De. - The Wesley College men's basketball team added its second member to the 2006-2007 recruiting class as Joseph Ransom has committed to play men's basketball for the Wolverines.  Ransom, a 6'3" guard, comes to Wesley from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts, where he averaged 15.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.6 steals, while being named team captain and coaches award winner.  In Great Britain, playing for his UK under-18 club team the Manchester Magic, Joe was a team captain helping lead his team to the national championship in 2005. 

Joe has extensive international competition playing on the under 18 national team at the European championships for England and was recently selected to the Great Britain under 20 team for tournaments in Belgium and Portugal in the summer of 2006.  "We are extremely excited to have a student-athlete like Joe Ransom join our program.  Joe is an excellent student in the classroom and has considerable experience in international competition.  He will be an asset to have at Wesley College," stated head coach Jerry Kobasa.  Ransom joins James Stratton from Caesar Rodney High School as the first two incoming freshman for the 2006-2007 season.

James Stratton to Play Men's Basketball
DOVER, De. - Head men's basketball coach Jerry Kobasa is pleased to announce that 2005 Caesar Rodney High School graduate James Stratton has committed to play men's basketball at Wesley College for the 2006-2007 season.  The 6'2" Stratton, was a 2nd Team All-State selection in 2005, after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury midway through the season.  Stratton was a 3-year starter for the Riders.  "We're real excited," said Coach Kobasa.  "He was a high priority for us last year.  We're happy to be getting a top quality athlete from the state of Delaware."