PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Cheyney men’s basketball team is hoping the second half of their season is as successful as their first.

The Wolves are 11-4 as they prepare for Saturday’s home game against Bloomsburg, and they have given their fans plenty of excitement this season.  They have four last-second wins to their credit, and seven of their victories have come by eight points or less.

Cheyney head coach Dominique Stephens (below right) thinks that his team’s ability to navigate the pressure-packed moments at the end of a close game is critical.

Coach Dominique Stephens

“What it does is prepare you for tournament play,” he told KYW Newsradio recently.  “We do think we are a tournament team.  And situations at the end of a game, you do need that type of success to continue a season as it goes on.”

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The Wolves are being led this season by senior guard Sharif Bray (top photo).   The Central High product leads the team in scoring at 20.6 points per game, and he scored the winning points in three of those four last-second victories.

Stephens says Bray has been all they could have hoped for, and more.

“We thought he would be an important part to the program,” Stephens recalls, “but on the court and off the court he excels.  A 3.7 (GPA) guy in the classroom, besides being the team’s leading scorer and captain.  I’m proud of him, the university’s proud of him.”

Bray not the only Cheyney standout this season.  Senior forward Dave Burton (Neumann-Goretti) is second on the team in scoring, at 17.6 ppg, and he leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 8.9 boards per contest.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060.