BJ Davis '16 Scores 22 Points, Hits Big FTs in Overtime to Help Men's Hoops Get Past Bates, 76-70
After letting a 14-point lead with 4:30 to play in regulation slip away, Wesleyan went on to outscore visiting Bates, 14-8, in overtime to pull out a 76-70 NESCAC victory Fri., Jan 31. Wesleyan improved to 8-10 overall, 2-3 in the conference and hosts Tufts to conclude its NESCAC weekend Sat., Feb. 1 in a game slated to be webcast
Neither team lead by more than three points in the first half as the Bobcats headed to locker room at halftime with a 35-33 edge. Wesleyan took a 38-37 lead on a three-pointer by Joe Edmonds '16 at the 15-minute mark, sparking a 23-7 run over the next 10:30 that gave the Cardinals a commanding 58-44 bulge. But Bates scored the next seven to trim the lead to 58-51. Still Wesleyan carried a 62-53 margin into the final 2:25 of the second half. The Bobcats made six free throws while forcing three straight Wesleyan turnovers, making it 62-59. When Bates canned a trey from the right corner with :49.5 left, the score was even at 62-62. Each team missed its final shot of regulation.
In overtime, Bates bagged a trey to spot the visitors a 67-64 lead with 3:20 to go. A pair of Edmonds free throws made it 67-66, followed by three at the line from BJ Davis '16 (#4, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) with 1:57 left, giving Wesleyan the lead for good, 69-67. Zach Lynch '14 hit a short jumper at 1:21 to push the Wesleyan lead to 71-67. Bates countered with a basket, making it 71-69. The clinching points came from Davis, who tied foir game-high honors with 22 points in the outing, when he sank a pair at the stripe with :16.5 to go for a 74-70 lead. A Bates turnover and two more Edmonds free throws accounted for the final score. Davis has now made 19 straight free throws over his last two games.
Edmonds ended the game with 12 points while Rashid Epps '16 had 16 points and nine rebounds for Wesleyan.