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Wesleyan University 61, Connecticut College 57 Lopez Tallies 17 Points & Six Rebounds for Camels

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Wesleyan University Sports Information) - Junior Derick Beresford made a pair of free throws with :07.5 on the clock to break a 57-57 tie as Wesleyan survived a threat from the visiting Camels to escape with a 61-57 men's basketball victory here today. Wesleyan advances to 15-5 on the season, 4-3 in conference action while the Camels fall to 6-13 overall, 0-7 in the league. Wesleyan trailed for a total of only 1:09 during the contest as Connecticut College had a three brief leads and there were seven ties, but the Cardinals, playing without leading scorer Shasha Brown, got 20 points and seven rebounds from Callaghan and 12 points and four assists from Beresford to avert the upset. Connecticut College was led by sophomore Mason Lopez, who scored 17 points while sophomores Matt Vadas and Tyrone Turner added 10 for the visitors. Junior Rob Harrigan grabbed eight rebounds to pace the Camels. "Our team played well on the road against a very well coached and much bigger opponent," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "I'm proud of our guys." Game honors on the boards went to Wesleyan sophomore Glen Thomas with 10. Freshman Chris Tugman added eight boards for Wesleyan. The game was closely contested throughout as the largest lead was seven points, held by Wesleyan three minutes into the second half, 29-22. But a 12-5 Camel run tied the count at 34-34 with 12:10 to play. Wesleyan again pulled ahead by seven, 45-38, with 7:35 on the clock, only to have Connecticut College respond by taking its first lead in about 25 minutes with a three-point play by Turner with 4:11 to go, giving the Camels a 49-47 edge. Connecticut College last led, 13-10, with 9:30 remaining in the first half. Wesleyan tied the game, 49-49, on a jumper by senior Jason Mendell, before Mendell added a three-pointer at the 2:20 mark for a 52-49 Cardinal lead. He finished the game with 12 points. Down the stretch, Connecticut College tied the game, 54-54, on a trey by Lopez at the 1:00 mark, and again knotted the count, 57-57, when Vadas converted a three-point play with :15.3 remaining. Beresford was fouled on Wesleyan's next possession, leading the to winning free throws. Wesleyan, which had dropped three of the last four meetings vs. Connecticut College despite holding a decided 36-21 lead in the series, is back on the court Wed., Feb. 1 hosting in-state non-conference foe Eastern Connecticut. Connecticut College returns to action Tues., Jan. 31 with a trip to in-state rival Western Connecticut, also in a non-conference game.

January 28, 2012

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