DOVER, Del. — Behind a career-high 24 points from sophomore Quincy Pettiford, Wesley won its ninth consecutive game as it rallied to beat No. 9 St. Mary’s (Md.) 68-54 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday.
The Wolverines (14-4, 4-1 CAC) have won 11 of their last 12 games while the Seahawks fell to 14-2 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Pettiford shot 7 of 13 from the field, made 6 of 9 from beyond the arc and 4 of 6 from the line, while also grabbing six rebounds. His six 3-pointers were the most by a Wesley player since Rashawn Johnson made eight against Mary Washington on Feb. 26, 2009.
The Wolverines outshot the Seahawks 40.7 percent to 37.9 percent. However, Wesley pulled away by making eight 3-pointers compared to just two for St. Mary’s. The Navy & White, behind double-doubles from Paul Reynolds and David Langan, also outrebounded the Seahawks 50-33 and converted 19 offensive rebounds into 17 second-chance points.
Wesley’s victory, it’s second against a top-10 team this year, did not come easy as it trailed 27-14 with 9:40 left in the first half after a layup by Seahawks reserve Jeff Haus. The Wolverines managed to close out the half on a 15-1 run with Anthony Bowers’ 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the period giving Wesley a 29-28 halftime lead.
St. Mary’s began the second half by retaking a five-point lead at 36-31 with 17:32 remaining in regulation. A layup by Langan on the ensuing possession cut the deficit to three. Pettiford hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Wesley a 39-36 advantage with 16:30 left to play.
Reynolds hit a pair of free throws, followed by a deep 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to increase the lead to six. St. Mary’s sophomore Nick LaGuerre made a layup to cut the lead to four with 12:58 remaining, but that was as close as the Seahawks got for the remainder of the contest.
Aside from Pettiford, Wesley received 18 points and 13 rebounds from Langan while Reynolds finished with 13 rebounds to go with 11 points. Anthony Bowers also provided a spark off the bench with nine points while Eric Selby dished out a career-high eight assists.
Donn Hill finished with 15 points to lead the Seahawks.