Local roundup: Cameron’s career night carries Wesley in AEC first round

Brian Cameron poured in a career-high 48 points as fourth-seeded Wesley College downed No. 5 Cabrini, 87-69, in the first round of the Atlantic East Conference men’s basketball tournament on Monday evening.

The victory was the first conference tourney win for the Wolverines (13-13) since 2013.

Wesley will play at top-seeded Gynedd-Mercy (17-8) on Wednesday in the AEC semifinals.

Cameron was 17-of-27 from the floor, including 6-of-11 from three-point range and 8-for-10 from the foul line. The junior guard’s previous career high was 39 points against Misericordia on Feb. 2.

Cameron is ranked fifth in Division III in scoring at 25.5 points per game.

The Wolverines led by as many as nine points early in the game only to fall behind by 10 later in the half. They trailed Cabrini, 35-34, at halftime.

Wesley took the lead for good at 43-41 on a layup by Tyrone Craven with 17:21 remaining.

The Wolverines’ advantage was still only 67-65 with 7:01 left before netting 20 of the game’s final 24 points.

Craven, with 13 points, was the only other Wolverine to score in double figures. Craven added 13 rebounds while Cameron had 11.

Wesley split its two games with Gynedd-Mercy this season, losing 85-59 on Jan. 16 before beating the Griffins, 86-83, on Feb. 9. A first-year league, the Atlantic East does not have an automatic NCAA Division III playoff bid this season.

Hens’ DeFreese honored: The Colonial Athletic Association recognized Delaware junior Samone DeFreese as its Player of the Week in women’s basketball.

DeFreese finished a 2-0 weekend for the Blue Hens by averaging 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds.

The forward collected a career-high 31 points, the most for a Hen since Dec. 2015, in Friday’s win over Northeastern before tallying her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s victory against Hofstra.

DeFreese has helped guide Delaware (12-12, 7-5 CAA) to six wins in the last seven outings.

For the season, she leads UD with 10.9 points and 4.2 field goals made per game and is second with 6.9 rebounds and 27.1 minutes played per contest.

College track & field

CR’s Bendolph wins for UD: Delaware’s women’s indoor track team two more ECAC qualifers at the Princeton Invitational over the weekend.

The Blue Hens now have 10 individuals and three relays making the trip to the upcoming championships.

Halimah Roberson had a leap of 38-5 to grab second place in the event, qualify for ECACs and record the third-best mark in school history. She also teamed up with Naliah Jackson, Bema Kyeadea-Amponsah and Olivia Goncerz to win the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:12.51.

Andriene Rose earned her spot with an ECAC qualifying time of 7.73 in the 60 meters to claim second.

Senior Jeanette Bendolph (Caesar Rodney) continued to look strong this season, taking home a wire-to-wire win in the 800 meters, clocking in at 2:15.08.

Boys’ basketball

St. Georges Tech 78, ECHS@DSU 61: The Hornets had a three-game winning streak snapped to drop to 10-9.

Girls’ basketball

Caesar Rodney 44, Delaware Military 19: The Riders out-scored the Seahawks by a combined, 30-8, in the second and third quarters to put away the victory.

Trinity Wailes netted a game-high 11 points for CR, which finished the season with a record of 6-14.

Ursuline 43, Dover 25: Tamyah Jones netted a game-high 14 points for the Senators in the non-conference loss.

The Raiders built a 32-18 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Dover is 9-10 going into Wednesday’s regular-season finale at Polytech.

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