ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Matt Dougherty scored 10 of his team-high 16 point in the second half of North Carolina Wesleyan College's 65-61 victory over visiting Guilford College Wednesday night. Dougherty made two three-pointers in the second half, which helped the Battling Bishops (5-2) thwart the Quakers' (5-1) comeback.
North Carolina Wesleyan made seven three-pointers and held the Quakers to three-for-16 (18.8%) shooting from beyond the arc. David Gurganus (6 points) made two three-pointers and Cornelius Snow (7 points) added another during a 12-0 spurt late in the first half that helped the hosts to a 36-25 halftime advantage.
Dougherty's three started the second-half scoring and Josh Morrison added another as the Battling Bishops opened a 14-point edge with 16:52 left in regulation. Guilford's Brad Monroe scored 13 of his game- and career-high 17 points in the second half, which helped the Quakers claw back into the game.
Dougherty's second triple restored North Carolina Wesleyan's lead to 10 (59-49) with 5:18 remaining. Guilford twice pulled to within three points, but could not complete the comeback. Dougherty and Snow helped preserve the win by combining on three-of-four free throws in the final minute.
North Carolina Wesleyan reserve Alex Murray contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals. The Battling Bishops' bench outscored its counterparts, 26-10, and helped convert 19 Guilford turnovers into 18 points. Domarius Thomas added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Monroe added a game-high 12 rebounds to his 17 points for his first double-double of the year. Guilford's Carson Sullivan scored 11 points and Will Freeman notched a double-double with 10 points and a career-best 10 boards off the bench. North Carolina Wesleyan held all-star guard Josh Pittman to a season-low six points on two-of-13 field-goal shooting.
The Quakers open Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play Saturday (12/3) versus visiting Bridgewater College at 3:00 p.m.