BOSTON, Mass. - The Wheelock College Men's Basketball team (4-18, 3-9) completed a season sweep of the visiting Elms College Blazers (2-21, 2-10) with a 63-54 victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Wildcats jumped out to a quick five point lead with baskets by Dejuan Rodriguez (New London, Conn.) and Erick Hernandez (Tampa, Fla.). The Blazers answered with a 9-0 run before Wheelock called a timeout with Elms leading 9-5. The teams traded baskets for much of the first half with Wheelock getting its largest lead at the end of the first half with a last-second three by junior Kadeem Apply (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) to put the Wildcats up 35-29.
Elms College came out of the second half with a strong 6-0 run to even the game at 35-35 before the Wildcats coach called a 30-second timeout. During the game tying run, freshman Greg Metelus (Palm Beach, Fla.) had 4 points to go with his eight first half points. The Wildcats would come out of the timeout on a 6-0 run of their own to take the lead back.
Wheelock increased their lead to a score of 49-39 with a layup by senior Kiwane Crowder (Milwaukee, Wisc.) after Rodriguez kept a defensive rebound alive and was able to hit a streaking Crowder for a transition basket. The Blazers would cut the lead to five with a made jump shot by freshman guard Tyler Sterling (Laurel, Md.) with 1:58 to play. This would be the closest the Blazers would get, as the Wildcats made multiple free throws to seal the victory.
WHO STOOD OUT: Elms College was led by Metelus' game high 20 points and added 10 rebounds, while the Wildcats had four players finish in double digits. Hernandez and Rodriguez led the team in points with 16, and Rodriguez added 13 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Wildcats have won two games in their last three and take over fifth place in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) standings with two games to play.
UP NEXT: The Wildcats face Newbury College on Wednesday and Dean College on Saturday.