Basketball Bobcats fade in second half in 88-70 loss to Notre Dame College


SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – In a battle of two teams looking for something positive as the basketball season reaches the midway point, it was the Notre Dame Falcons who outlasted the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats by an 88-70 score in a Mountain East Conference contest Monday night.

The two teams entered the contest with a combined 1-11 record but it was the Falcons who pulled away from the Bobcats in the second half for the 18-point win.

A lay-up by Daylin Lee gave Wesleyan an early 4-2 lead and a jumper by Jaylin Reed kept Wesleyan ahead by a 6-5 score.

It was the last lead Wesleyan would hold in the game as Notre Dame went on a 9-2 run for a 14-8 advantage with 14:42 showing on the first-half clock.

A pair of free throws by Lee and a lay-up by Cameron Ramage kept Wesleyan down by just two, at 14-12.

A three-pointer by Wesleyan’s Jaret Mullooly kept Wesleyan trailing by only five, at 24-19 with 9:30 remaining in the first half, but Notre Dame pushed their lead back to nine after a lay-up by Jordan Roland, at, 31-22.

Wesleyan closed the half on a 12-6 run after Reed scored on a lay-up to keep Wesleyan down by three, at 37-34.

A pair of free throws by Lee pulled Wesleyan to within one to start the second half, at 37-36.

A lay-up by Reed kept Wesleyan down by just four, at 45-41, but a 9-2 run by Notre Dame gave them an 11-point lead, at 54-43, with 4:26 elapsed in the second half.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Reed got the Wesleyan deficit back to single digits, at 54-45, but a mini 5-0 run by Notre Dame pushed their lead back to 14, at 59-45.

Two free throws by Hibbitt pulled Wesleyan to within 11, at 66-55, with 7:45 remaining but the Bobcats couldn’t get any closer.

Notre Dame built a 21-point lead late in the game at 88-67 before settling on an 18-point win.

Lee scored 23 points to lead all scorers while Reed added 20 points for Wesleyan.

Ramage came off the bench to contribute 11 for the Bobcats.

Jordan Roland led Notre Dame with 22 points while John Godinez added 18.

Notre Dame shot 51.6 percent for the game (32-for-62) including 12 made three-pointers.

Notre Dame improved to 2-4 overall and 2-4 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-8 in the MEC.

Wesleyan was scheduled to host Wheeling Wednesday night.

They will see the court again Sunday when they visit West Liberty at 4:30 p.m. in a conference clash.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  34  36 – 70

Notre Dame                        37  51 – 88

West Virginia Wesleyan 70

Daylin Lee 6-11 8-12 23; Jaylin Reed 7-14 6-6 20; Cameron Ramage 5-9 0-0 11; Jayden Hibbett 2-5 3-4 7; Jaret Mullooly 2-5 0-0 5; Braeden McGrew 1-4 0-0 2; Anthony Craven Jr. 1-2 0-0 0; Tommie Pope 0-2 0-0 0; Zach Seese 0-2 0-0 0; Shawn Morgan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 17-22 70.

Notre Dame 88

Jordan Roland 9-14 2-2 22; John Godinez 6-10 3-3 18; Jordan Burton 5-9 0-0 15; Michael Sampson 3-6 2-2 8; Marquise Johnson 3-7 0-0 7; Elijah Barnett 1-4 2-4 4; Obinna Ugwuakazi 2-2 0-0 4; Coye Campbell 1-2 0-0 3; Manny Hill 0-0 3-4 3; Jevonae Jones 1-4 0-2 2; Mohamed Alkadi 1-3 0-0 2; Colby Dillenbeck 0-0 0-0 0; Richardson 0-0 0-0 0; Jalen Barnes 0-0 0-0 0; Kameron Taylor 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-62 12-17 88.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 3-6; Ramage 1-3; Mullooly 1-4; Seese 0-1; Craven Jr. 0-1; Pope 0-1; McGrew 0-2; Hibbitt 0-2; Reed 0-3. Totals 5-23; Notre Dame: Burton 5-7 Godinez 3-5; Roland 2-4; Johnson 1-1; Campbell 1-2; Sampson 0-1; Jones 0-1; Alkadi 0-1; Taylor 0-1. Totals 12-23.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Reed 8; Lee 7; Pope 6; Ramage 2; Hibbitt 1; Mullooly 1; Craven Jr. 1; Seese 1; team 1. Totals 28; Notre Dame: Sampson 7; Barnett 6; Roland 4; Burton 4; Godinez 3; Jones 3; Ugwuakazi 2; Alkadi 2; Barnes 2; Johnson 1; Campbell 1; Dillenbeck 1; Richardson 1; Taylor 1. Totals 38.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Pope 3; McGrew 2; Lee 1; Ramage 1; Seese 1; Moran 1. Totals 9; Notre Dame: Roland 4; Godinez 2; Burton 2; Sampson 1; Barnett 1; Campbell 1; Jones 1; Alkadi 1; Taylor 1. Totals 14.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 3; Reed 3; Pope 1; McGrew 1. Totals 8; Notre Dame: Godinez 4; Sampson 2; Roland 1; Johnson 1. Totals 8.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; Notre Dame: Burton 1; Alkadi 1; Taylor 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 18; Notre Dame: 14.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; Notre Dame: 15

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