In a game characterized by solid short scoring streaks, the visiting Merchant Marine Academy got the final decisive 11-2 run to break a 68-68 tie with 8:10 remaining, grabbing a 79-70 edge with 5:42 to go, and held on for an 86-80 win over the Cardinals Sun., Nov. 30.
Dave Maltz '11 (#22, photo) was one of four Cardinals in double-digits for scoring with 15 but the only player in the game to crack the two-digit barrier for rebounds with 10, giving him his first career double-double. Stan Grayson '09 led the team with 16 points while Jason Mendell '12 added 14 and Jeremy Kaminer '10 chipped in with 12.
Wesleyan started the game with a 17-8 run over the opening 4:34 before USMMA responded with an 18-9 burst to knot the score at 26-26. The visitors held a 50-46 lead at intermission and pushed the gap to the game's largest difference at 65-55 with 13:45 to go. A 13-3 Wesleyan spurt with Grayson and Mendell combining for 11 of the 13 points, produced the final tie at 68-68. USMMA then scored on its next four possessions, three of them on three-pointers, for the nine-point bulge.
Wesleyan had a solid shooting day, making 53.4 percent of its field goals, 40 percent of its three-pointers and 80 percent of its free throws. The Cardinals also held a 34-26 edge on the boards.
The team returns to the home court for its next outing, facing Fisher College Wed., Dec. 3.