Bishops men pull away for 5th straight win
Contributed photo by Dave Hilbert
Junior forward Sal-Bey Young led the Bishops with a season high of 19 points on 9 of 10 shooting to go along with his nine rebounds, a steal and a block.
DEMOREST, Ga. — The N.C. Wesleyan College men’s basketball team rallied from behind in the second half to defeat West Division foe Piedmont University 79-70 on the road Thursday for its fifth straight win.
The victory improves the Battling Bishops to 9-3 on the season while dropping Piedmont to 5-3.
Each team shot more than 50% in the first half as the Lions got out to a 40-34 lead at the break. Wesleyan then shot 51% in the second half while limiting PU to just 42% from the floor and zero threes en route to outscoring the Lions 45-30 in the half.
With 6 minutes to go, the Bishops found themselves down by 10, 54-64. However, they would not be deterred, going on a 21-2 run over the next five minutes to lead by nine points with a minute to play.
Junior forward Sal-Bey Young led the Bishops with a season high of 19 points on 9 of 10 shooting to go along with his nine rebounds, a steal and a block. Fellow junior forward Isaiah Lewis also posted his second consecutive double-double, scoring 17 points while bringing down a season high of 12 rebounds with three assists.
Senior wing Damon McDowell added 15 points with a trio of three-pointers while sophomore point guard Khalid Hinds played well, posting a season-best six assists with six rebounds, three steals and eight points. Guards Marquis Eskew and junior Brayden Dixon chipped in nine points apiece, with Dixon grabbing three steals and Eskew’s points all coming off the bench.
The Bishops will next enjoy the Christmas break before returning to action in January when they come home to host William Peace at 2 p.m. on Jan. 5.
Christopher Newport pushes past Bishop women
ROCKY MOUNT — The N.C. Wesleyan College women’s basketball team fell 82-58 to No. 5-ranked and undefeated Christopher Newport University at home on Wednesday afternoon in the final game of 2021.
The Bishop women fall to 4-7 overall and will next return to action at 3 p.m. Jan. 4 to host Salem College. CNU improves to 11-0 on the season.
Wesleyan was led by 10 points from senior guard Kayla Johnson, while junior forward Kayrisma Harrison led with nine rebounds and nine points along with three steals and three blocks.
A low-scoring first quarter saw CNU get out to an 18-10 lead before pouring it on in the second, going on a 30-10 run to lead 48-20 at the break. The Bishops struggled to shoot the ball in the first half, going just 22% from the floor, but improved greatly in the second half ,shooting nearly 40%. Wesleyan then shot 50% in the fourth quarter.
The second half saw much better play from the Bishops as they stayed right with the powerful Captains, going down just 18-16 in the third before outscoring them 22-16 in the fourth.
Also playing well for the Bishops was sophomore guard Deonna Adams with eight points, a season-high six steals, four rebounds, three assists and a block. Senior point guard Keorra Taylor scored seven points with three rebounds and two assists.
Senior forward Javana Jones contributed nine rebounds off the bench with two assists and two blocks, while sophomore guards Areina Harris and Nyesha Best scored seven points apiece. They combined for five assists as well.
CNU shot 48% from the floor overall while holding Wesleyan to 32% shooting.
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