Derick Beresford '13 Joins 1,000-Point Club with 18 Points During 74-63 Victory at Eastern Conn.
Building as much as a 20-point lead in the first half, Wesleyan never trailed at Eastern Conn. Wed., Jan. 30, on its way to a 74-63 non-conference win over the Warriors. Derick Beresford '13 (left in photo, wearing #33) wasted little time getting his 1,000th career point, hitting a pair of jumpers in the opening 2:32 on his way to an 18-point evening. He is now the 21st male player to achieve the milestone. Shasha Brown '13 (#11, right in photo) added 19 points to his career total which now stands at 1,680, leaving him just 13 point away from becoming the all-time leading scorer at Wesleyan, moving past Kanem Johnson '04, who amassed 1,692 points over his four years. Mike Callaghan '13 (#44, middle in photo) added 11 points to improve his career figure to 1,131, placing him 10th all-time with a realistic shot at finishing fifth on the Wesleyan scoring list. This is the first time in Wesleyan men's basketball history that three classmates have all reached 1,000 career points. Twice before, two members of the same class have been over 1,000 points.
Despite the 29-9 lead midway through the first half as Wesleyan hit five three-pointer, three by Brown, to move comfortably ahead, Eastern trimmed the margin to 10 and trailed by 12, 42-30, at intermission. Wesleyan was a brilliant 8-for-12 from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes with both Beresford and BJ Davis '16 chipping in two and Callaghan making one to go along with Brown's trio.
Eastern began the second half by scoring nine straight points to make the margin 42-39 just 2:20 into the period. The Cardinals settled down and got a layup from Chris Tugman '15 to end the ECSU run and kept the margin between five and seven points. A layup from Zach Lynch '14 off a feed to the basket by Brown, who also had six assists, made it a 54-43 game with 11:06 remaining. The Cardinals did not allow the margin to dip below nine from that point and held as much as a 16-point lead (67-51, 6:00 to play) before settling for the 11-point win.
Wesleyan improved its all-time record vs. ECSU to 17-9 and won its fourth in a row against the Warriors.
The Cardinals close out the regular season with three NESCAC matchups, the first coming at Hamilton Sun., Feb. 3, where Brown, who averages 17.4 points a game, will look to take over the program scoring leadership.