Local college notebook: Anderson making his mark for Wolverines

Anderson’s 31-point game came in the Wolverines’ season opener in November. And the 6-foot senior has been filling up the stat sheet ever since. Submitted photo

DOVER — Evan Anderson knew he was having a pretty good day.

But even the Wesley College senior guard didn’t realize he’d put up as many as 31 points until it was over.

The fact that Anderson’s performance came against NCAA Division I Towson made the accomplishment even more memorable.

“I had no clue, I just kind of let the flow of the game come to me,” he said. “My shot was just falling. Shoot, I’ll be able to have that forever on my resume in basketball.

“I’m blessed. I’ll definitely remember it forever.”

Anderson’s 31-point game came in the Wolverines’ season opener in November. And the 6-foot senior has been filling up the stat sheet ever since.

While junior Brian Cameron has been Wesley’s marquee scorer — he averages 24.9 points per game — Anderson isn’t far behind with an average of 19.4 points.

He’s reached double digits in every game but one and netted 30 points or more three times. That includes a career-high 33-point game at Immaculata last Saturday.

With Wesley (3-4 Atlantic East, 9-11 overall) hosting first-place Marywood (6-1 AEC, 14-6 overall) today at 3 p.m., Anderson is seventh on the Wolverines’ all-time scoring list with 1,308 points.

Anderson said the fact that he was in the Top 10 on that list surprised him, too. It was his father, Eric, a Wesley assistant coach, who pointed it out to him.

“Honestly, I didn’t even know it until about last week or so,” said Evan. “My dad was excited.”

Wesley coach Dean Burrows remembers recruiting Anderson four years ago while he was still an assistant for Jerry Kobasa.

“We knew that he’d be a great fit for us as he was a coach’s son and a gym rat, not to mention he could shoot it consistently,” said Burrows. “It’s been fun to watch Evan come back better each season as he has always been one who was putting in more than his fair share of work each summer.”

Anderson has had his father on the bench for basically his entire high school and college career.

Eric Anderson — who played for Wesley in the early 1980s — was the head coach at West Chester, Pa. East High when Evan was there. He joined Burrows’ staff four years ago.

Evan remembers his dad asking him if he was comfortable having him coach him in college.

“I said, ‘It’ll be fine,’” said Evan. “Honestly, I was glad he was here to witness it with me.

“Everybody has their ups-and-downs moments with their father that’s also their coach. But they just want to see their son become a great player. I’m grateful for that. I’m blessed that he was able to teach me throughout all these years because I couldn’t have done it without him.”

Burrows said it’s been fun watching the Andersons’ relationship over the last four years.

“With Evan getting ready to graduate from one of his dad’s alma maters, but also leaving his own legacy individually in our program’s record book, it’s something I know that Eric is beyond proud of,” said Burrows.

Of course, more than individual goals, Anderson wants to see if he can help the Wolverines win a title in the Atlantic East. The first-year league doesn’t have an automatic NCAA Division III tournament bid but does have a six-team conference tourney.

Of course, conference teams are still eligible to earn an at-large NCAA berth.

After playing just three home games so far, today’s game starts a stretch in which Wesley plays four of its final five regular-season games in Wentworth Gym.

“That’s really what we’re fighting for right now,” Anderson said about trying to win the conference title. “A lot of the guys who have been here, including myself, we haven’t gotten past the first round of the playoffs.”

For a guy who figures he’ll always try to find a way to keep playing basketball, Anderson doesn’t like dwelling on the end of his college career. He’s enjoying it too much right now.

“I just kind of go with the flow and let it take its course,” said Anderson. “We’ll see at the end. I don’t want to get caught thinking about it too much.”

Notes

• Wesley’s Cameron is currently ninth in Division III in scoring while Anderson is tied for 89th.

• The Wesley College men’s track & field team is ranked No. 17 nationally in Division III by the U.S. Coaches Association. In the Mideast Region, the Wolverines rank second behind Haverford, which is ranked sixth in the country.

• Delaware’s Nasir Adderley tied for the team high with five tackles and returned an interception 16 yards for the North in last Saturday’s Senior Bowl.

Also in the all-star football game, former Blue Hen Wes Hills — who played his last season at Slippery Rock — carried twice for 22 yards for the South.

• Milford High grad Nia Bowe, a sophomore outfielder at Coppin State, was named to the MEAC preseason softball all-conference team. As a freshman, Bowe hit .364 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 27 runs scored and 20 extra-base hits.

• At 6-4 CAA, 14-9 overall, Delaware is tied for third place in the CAA men’s basketball standings. With Hofstra (9-0, 19-3) running away with the regular-season title, the Blue Hens’ first big goal is finishing sixth or higher and avoiding the league tournament play-in round.

Delaware plays a 4 p.m. game today at William & Mary, which is one of five teams right behind the Hens at 4-6 in conference.

• Former Woodbridge High basketball standout Altia Anderson has played in 20 games for Marquette this season. A junior, she’s collected 18 points, 31 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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