Local roundup: Wesley pulls away for 71-52 men’s hoop win over Immaculata

The Wesley College men’s basketball team used a second-half run to pull away from Immaculata, 71-52, in both teams’ Atlantic East Conference men’s basketball opener on Saturday afternoon.

After leading by only two at halftime with a 28-26 lead, the Wolverines turned up the pressure and got out on a 23-8 run in the middle part of the second half.

The lead swelled to 22 points with 4:51 left in the game after Derick Charles made both of his free throws. Wesley was able to use ball control the rest of the game and seal the victory.

Five players were in double figures for Wesley as Brandon Lewis and Charles both registered their first career double-doubles. Charles netted 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds off the bench while Lewis recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Brian Cameron (seven rebounds, four assists) led all scorers with 17 points, Tyrone Craven notched 12 points while Evan Anderson collected 11 points.

St. Bonaventure 90, Delaware State 61: Five players scored in double figures to lead the Bonnies (3-5).

St. Bonaventure never trailed, with its closest margin of two points coming early in the game at 11-9. From there, the Bonnies rattled off 12 unanswered points to push their lead to 23-9.

St. Bonaventure held a 40-21 halftime edge and Delaware State was not able to pull any closer than 14 points in the second half.

Saleik Edwards had a team-high 15 points for the Hornets with Kevin Larkin (Sussex Tech) adding 11 rebounds.

WOMEN, Immaculata 50, Wesley 45: The Wolverines clawed their way back in the fourth quarter with a 12-6 run that ended with a Monshea Newsome-Murray layup that cut the Immaculata lead to four with 1:24 left.

But that was the closest Wesley got to the lead as Immaculata’s Amber Ballinger hit one of her two free throws with 34 seconds left and sealed the victory in the Atlantic East Conference opener for both teams.

Newsome-Murray led Wesley with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and a game-high four steals. Angelique Gathers added 14 points, including knocking down three-of-five from beyond the arc.

Shelby Johnson recorded a game-high 13 rebounds and two blocks.

Boys’ basketball

Laurel 73, Worcester Prep, Md. 69: The Bulldogs (1-1) picked up their first win of the season in the nonconference contest.

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