Going 11-for-12 at the line on his way to a team-high 17 points, Shasha Brown '13 (#11, photo) bagged this free throw with 4:04 remaining in the game at Hamilton Sun., Feb. 3 for his 13th point of the afternoon. That gave him 1,693 in his career, breaking the previous Wesleyan mark of 1,692 set by Kanem Johnson '04. Wesleyan battled back from a nine-point deficit in the second half (59-50, 3:31 left) to narrow the difference to two with 1:45 to go. Brown, who also had four assists in the game, set up Glen Thomas '14 for a layup and Thomas was fouled. He converted the free throw for the three-point play and a 7-0 Wesleyan run. But Hamilton scored the last three points, all at the line on three separate possession in the final minute, as Wesleyan could not score from its last two possessions, giving the Continentals a 62-57 win.
Brown, who has played and started 94 contests over his four years en route to his present 1,697 points, has scored in double digits 86 times with a career-high 35 points at Williams November 24, 2009, his third career game. He averages 18.05 points a game for his career and has been honored by the NESCAC each season as Rookie of the Year in 2009-10, second-team all-NESCAC in 2010-11 and first-team all-NESCAC last season.
The Cardinals led only briefly in the opening six minutes at Hamilton, and never by more than two points as Wesleyan was playing catch-up most of the afternoon. Wesleyan trailed by eight in the first half before cutting the margin to three at intermission. After the Continentals pushed the lead to seven at 40-33 with 16:09 left, Wesleyan went on an 11-4 run to tie the game at 44-44 on a three-pointer by Derick Beresford '13 at the 12:01 mark. Beresford, who finished the game with 11 points, had nine of the Cardinals' 11 points during the streak, all coming on three-pointers. But Hamilton regained the lead, eventually moving ahead by nine. Mike Callaghan '13 had a game-high 11 rebounds and added seven points for the Cardinals.
Wesleyan, now 3-5 in NESCAC play, is one of four NESCAC teams with three conference wins, including the Cardinals' next opponent, Bowdoin. The Polar Bears come to town Fri., Feb. 8 for a potential showdown for the fifth seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament. The regular season ends Sat., Feb. 9 at home against Colby and that game will be webcast.