The Bulldogs began their season last Wednesday with a win over Hiwassee College and then traveled to Berea College on Saturday.
In the regular season opener against visiting Hiwassee College, the Bulldogs streaked to a 16-5 lead in the first five minutes, led by 25 points at the half and coasted to a 77-47 decision over the Tigers.
Led by double-digit scoring from Desmond Crisp, Matt Harper and Quincy Scates, the Bulldogs shot 48 percent for the game, despite going just five of 18 from three-point range (28 percent), but were 23 of 40 (58 percent) from short range. Another factor was the Wesleyan defense, which helped create 27 turnovers by the Tigers.
Harper drained a 3-pointer and scored on a fastbreak to put TWC up, 5-0. Leading 9-5, Crisp scored inside, canned a 3-pointer and then stole the inbound pass for an easy layup, extending the lead to 11, 16-5, at the 15:10 mark.
Harper and E' Jay Ward had 3-pointers, followed by a bucket from Wes Richey in another Bulldogs spurt to lead, 32-15. Scates scored seven of Wesleyan's final 11 points as the Bulldogs opened a 49-24 gap at the intermission. Jeremy Davison tipped in a missed shot then Crisp and Scates scored inside to complete a 6-0 run as TWC forged in front, 55-24.
Hiwassee battled back, cutting the deficit to 23 with more than 11 minutes to play and finally to 22 at 67-45 with five minutes to play before the Bulldogs closed the game with a 10-2 run.
Crisp finished with 18 points, Scates 15 points (seven rebounds) and Harper 13 points (seven rebounds). Michael Nicolo added eight points and Ward five points to go with a game-high seven assists.
The Bulldogs defeated Berea College on Saturday, 81-66. The Bulldogs led 48-42 at halftime, out continued to outscore the Mountaineers in the second half, 33-24. Tennessee Wesleyan shot 48.5 percent but were 9-28 at the three point range. The Bulldogs out rebounded Berea 43-39. Both teams suffered from turnovers with the Bulldogs committing 15 and forcing Berea to have 18.
Desmond Crisp led the Bulldogs with 24 points. Matt Harper put in 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Quincy Scates had 10 rebounds for Tennessee Wesleyan.
Tennessee Wesleyan travels to Truett-McConnell on Tuesday, November 15th to play at 7:30 pm.