MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Shasha Brown went 11-for-12 at the free throw line including a pair with 2.2 seconds remaining to lift Wesleyan past Amherst 68-67 on Tuesday in a non-conference game. The teams had played 11 days earlier in a NESCAC game in Amherst with the fourth-ranked Lord Jeffs prevailing, 66-64. Combined with their 66-43 victory against Williams four days ago, the Cardinals knocked off both its Little Three rivals in the same year for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Middlebury 97, Castleton State 71|
|Wesleyan 68, No. 4 Amherst 67|
|Whitman 78, No. 9 Whitworth 70|
|North Central (Ill.) 82, No. 17 Illinois Wesleyan 69|
|No. 19 Augustana 73, North Park 52|
|No. 22 Wheaton (Ill.) 79, Carthage 73|
|No. 25 Eastern Conn. 74, Western Conn. 61|
Wesleyan took a 32-31 lead on a basket by Mike Callaghan 20 seconds into the second half and led throughout the period, and by as many as six points (42-36) before Amherst assumed its first lead of the period with 7.4 seconds to go. But 5.2 seconds later, Brown was fouled driving to the basket. He had missed his only shot from the line on the day with 22.7 seconds left and the Cardinals leading, 66-65, but he made made amends with the winning points. Amherst inbounded the basket deep in its own end and launched a desperate try from near the midcourt line that missed the mark as time expired.
Callaghan led all scorers in the game with a career-high 24 points as also led the Cardinals with five rebounds. Brown finished with 19 points and seven assists. Amherst had tied the game on a 3-pointer with 54 seconds to go to tied the game 63-63. Callaghan responded with his only 3-pointer in the game on his only try with 40 seconds to go, putting the Cardinals ahead, 66-63. An Amherst basket cut the difference to 66-65 at the 30-second mark.
Amherst built as much as a 10-point cushion during the first half, getting out to a 20-10 lead with 9:38 remaining in the period, but the Cardinals went on a 20-9 run to take their first lead of the contest since holding a 2-0 margin on Brown’s opening basket. A Brown basket with 1:21 to go in the period spotted Wesleyan a 30-29 lead before Amherst ended the scoring of the half for a 31-30 Amherst margin. It was Amherst last lead before the closing 10 seconds of the game.
Wesleyan was 20-for-24 at the line, countering the 11-for-23 effort by the Lord Jeffs from 3-point range. Wesleyan went 6-for-10 from long range as Derick Beresford was 3-for-5 and Jason Mendell hit both his attempts. Amherst was 12-for-18 from the stripe.