|by Howard W. Hewitt • February 9, 2005|
Kyle Medeiros hit a short jumper in the lane to give Wabash College a one-point lead at 3:32 it would never relinquish in defeating Ohio Wesleyan, 60-53, at Chadwick Hall Wednesday night. The win evened the Little Giants’ record at 11-11 and improved their NCAC mark to 8-5.
Medeiros' jumper was followed by three Wesleyan turnovers, a critical three-pointer from Adonis Joseph, and two David Wagner free throws to seal the victory.
"Tonight I was really impressed, they got ahead and we came back and took the lead and then we bent but we didn’t break," Wabash coach Mac Petty said. "We hit big free throws and played good defense down the stretch. Good defense has been our trademark."
The Battling Bishops (11-11, 7-6) led most of the second half until Medeiros’ jumper in the lane. The Little Giant junior, from Ben Davis High School, led all scorers with 16. Kyle Coffey scored 13 in support.
Bryan King scored 14 and Dustin Rudegeair 13 for the visitors.
The game was important for both teams, entering tied for third in the conference standings. Wabash was coming off a tough week with losses to Wittenberg and Wooster.
"When you’re playing numbers one and two (in the conference), they’re 3rd and 6th in the nation, (the going is tough)," Petty said.
Wabash plays at Denison University Saturday afternoon and returns for its final home game of the season February 19 to face Kenyon.
In photo above: David Wagner drives the lane before kicking a pass out to Adonis Joseph who then hit a key three-pointer in the Little Giant win.
On homepage: Kyle Coffey scores two of his 13 points.