Local college notebook: Wolverines riding 4-game win streak, eye CAC tourney

Wesley’s Brian Cameron. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

When Brian Cameron put up the desperation shot, Dean Burrows couldn’t have had a better view of it.

“It was literally right in front of me,” said the Wesley College men’s basketball coach. “Honestly, I thought it was going to hit the back heel of the rim.”

But the long-range three-pointer found the bottom of the net at the buzzer, giving the Wolverines a heart-pounding 68-66 victory over Mary Washington last Saturday. Cameron’s teammates mobbed him in celebration.

“That’s what college sports are all about,” said Burrows. “It was fun.”

That hard-earned win also gave Wesley a big boost in its bid to make the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. The Wolverines then clinched a spot with another big victory on Wednesday, this time a 67-57 win over Salisbury.

It was the first time Wesley beat the Sea Gulls since 2014. The victory also gave the Wolverines (9-8 CAC, 13-11 overall) a four-game winning streak going into today’s 3 p.m. regular-season finale at Frostburg State (8-9, 10-14).

“We’re starting to play — for the most part — the way we’ve envisioned,” said Burrows. “It’s been a fun ride.

“We’ve been on the opposite side of that,” said Burrows, referring to Cameron’s game-winner. “So it feels good — ‘OK, we got one.’ But I think all of our guys, to a man, will tell you that we’re pretty confident that we can go out and play with just about anybody in the conference.

“It’s just a matter of us being consistent with our preparation and in-game situations.”

The winner of today’s matchup with sixth-place Frostburg State will be the fifth seed in Tuesday’s opening-round of the CAC Tournament. The Wolverines will go on the road to face either Salisbury or Mary Washington.

Right now, Wesley has won seven of its last 10 games

“We want to try to keep this thing going,” said Burrows. “We can beat anybody. The thing with teams in the leagues is, they know we can score.

“The transformation that we’ve done thoughout the course of the year, it’s a process. It’s growth. I think it really hit home for the seniors about a month ago when we started saying, ‘Hey, you’ve got to earn the opportunity (to play in the CAC tourney).’”

Wesley has made the NCAA Division III Tournament four times, but not since 2014.

Hens just need a ‘W’

On Jan. 13, the Delaware men’s basketball team was 11-8 and just two victories away from matching its win total for all last season.

A month later, the Blue Hens (4-11 CAA, 11-17 overall) are still looking for win No. 12 and have only three regular-season games remaining. They host Elon today at 7 p.m.

Delaware’s current nine-game losing streak has dropped it to last place in the 10-team Colonial Athletic Association. Four of the Hens’ last six losses have come by five points or less.

“We keep putting ourselves in position to win down the stretch, but just can’t get over the hump,” coach Martin Ingelsby said after a two-point loss at Towson on Thursday. “We’re playing well, and our time is coming.”

Notes

• Smyrna High offensive lineman Saleem Wormley added another scholarship offer, from Duke, this week. Wormley has 10 Division I FBS football offers and is now rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.

• Dover High grad Jordan Allen, a redshirt freshman on the Rider University men’s basketball team, was recently named the MAAC Rookie of the week for the fourth time this season. Allen is averging 13.5 points per game for the Broncos (20-7).

• Delaware State opens its baseball season with a three games at Savannah State this weekend. The Hornets were picked to finish first in the MEAC North in the preseason poll.

• Caesar Rodney High product Thomas Aloe played in Delaware’s season-opening 16-12 win against Mount St. Mary’s in men’s lacrosse last Saturday. Aloe recorded one groundball. UD hosts N.J.I.T today at 1 p.m.

• Dover High has 11 alumni playing on college baseball teams this spring. That list includes Dmitri Floyd (UMBC), Joey Wunsch (Penn St. Mount Alto), Avery Tunnell (UMES), Jared Rowley (DelTech), Andrew Mace (Salisbury), Nick Spadafino (Delaware), Jordan Hutchins (Delaware), Kendall Small (Wilmington), Dakota Graham (Wilmington), Garrett Lawson (Delaware State) and Tevin Thomas (Goldey Beacom).

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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