BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Kelsey Williams connected on a three with 3.9 seconds to play to push Wesleyan past Davis & Elkins, 73-72 on Saturday afternoon in front of an electric crowd at the Rockefeller Center.
Williams finished the night with his 16th double-double of the year (31 points, 12 rebounds). Fellow senior Caleb Ashley added 13 points with a trio of three point baskets. Chis Dewberry and Noah Cottrill each added 11 points off the bench. Ray Warren handed out a game-high five assists.
All five Davis & Elkins starters were led by Igor Premasunac's 17-point effort. D'Quan Lynch (16), Devin Miller (16), Josh Wamsley (13) and Shane Brown (10) all scored in double digits for the Senators.
The Wesleyan bench outscored D&E 24-0. The Bobcats drained 12 threes, while the Senators hit on 10 attempts from distance.
Davis & Elkins pulled out to a 23-16 lead with a 10-0 jolt early in the first half. The Senators nailed a pair of threes during the run. Wesleyan responded with a 15-2 blitz to go in front, 31-25. Cottrill sparked the run with a three. Dewberry drained a three at the buzzer to send the Bobcats to the locker room with a 39-33 advantage.
Wesleyan made 15-of-28 (54 percent) shots from the field in the first half, while limiting D&E to 35 percent (12-of-34).
The two teams exchanged baskets throughout the send half until the Senators broke a 62-62 tie with a 8-2 sprint to take a 70-64 lead. Cottrill drilled a fade-away three to trim the deficit to three at 70-67. Following a missed free throw by Lynch, Williams connected on a three from the right wing to lock the game 70-70 with 13 seconds to play. Wesleyan elected to foul on the D&E inbound and Miller hit two free throws to make the score 72-70. The Bobcats came down the floor and ran the same play again as Cottrill found Williams on the wing—Williams swished the three with four seconds left. Miller's desperation three wouldn't fall, sending the student section into a frenzy as Wesleyan came away with a 73-72 win.
The Bobcats travel to Seton Hill on Tuesday night in the first round of the WVIAC Tournament.