Hartford, Conn. – Junior tri-captain guard Shasha Brown (Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 21 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and five steals to lead the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals to a 73-58 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity falls to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the NESCAC with its first loss in five games and its second straight setback against the Cardinals, while Wesleyan ups its overall record to 11-3 and evens its NESCAC mark at 1-1.
In an evenly-played first half, Wesleyan scored the final five points on a three-pointer by freshman guard Bryan Galvin (Ridgefield, Conn.) and a steal and layup by Brown to lead, 32-28 at the break. Trinity rookie guard Carter Trent (Little Rock, Ark.) drained four out of five shots from long range in the first half to lead all scorers with 12 points, while Cardinal senior tri-captain forward Jason Mendell (Bedford, N.Y.) had 11 first-half points.
Wesleyan opened the second stanza with a 14-4 run, and led, 46-32, after a trey by Mendell five minutes after intermission. A layup by junior guard Mick DiStasio (Cheverus, Maine) cut the Cardinal lead to 46-35 at the 13:44 mark, but the Cardinals scored the next five points and maintained a comfortable cushion the rest of the way.
Trent and DiStasio finished with 15 points apiece for the home team, while senior captain center Chris Applegate (High Point, N.C.) and sophomore forward Eric Dean (Gilford, N.H.) notched eight boards each, and Applegate added a pair of rejections. Mendell scored 16 points, while junior forward Mike Callaghan (Madison, Conn.) had 12 points and eight boards, and Galvin added 10 points for Wesleyan. The Cardinals enjoyed a 34-to-26 edge on the glass and made 27 free throws against just six for Trinity.