The Wells College men's basketball team put in a strong second-half comeback but fell to Ithaca College 75-62 on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Schwartz Athletic Center in Aurora, N.Y.
Wells outscored Ithaca 42-33 in the second half, and during the second half reduced Ithaca's largest lead of 32 points down to just 11 points in the late stages of the half. Ithaca went on to a 13-point victory.
Ithaca led 65-41 with 10:45 remaining in the game, but Wells scored 13 points in a row and pulled to within 11 points at 65-54. Ithaca closed out the game and won by double-figures.
Ithaca used a 16-0 run in the first half to build a double-digit lead that they held throughout the game. The Bombers led 42-20 at halftime.
Wells climbed back into the game in the second half. The Express defense forced eight second-half turnovers by the Bombers. Wells held an 18-15 rebounding advantage in the second half.
Rich Ross led Wells with 25 points and Macho DeJesus scored 11 points. Mohamed Hassan, Anthony Nesci, and Jalen Tribble each scored eight. Wells was 9-for-11 at the free-throw line. David Dames had 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the Express.
Ithaca has won five straight games and is 5-1 on the season. Wells is 1-5 overall. The Express returns to action Thursday with a 5 p.m. home game against Keuka College at the Schwartz Athletic Center.