Basketball Bobcats tumble to Wheeling in MEC action, 84-70


BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats were unable to capitalize on the momentum of their huge upset win over West Liberty here Saturday afternoon when they hosted the Wheeling Cardinals in a Mountain East Conference clash.

The Bobcats dropped an 84-70 decision.

The game was tight early on and a pair of free throws by Wesleyan’s Daylin Lee gave the ‘Cats a 10-6 lead with 5:24 elapsed in the contest.

Wheeling scored six unanswered for a 12-10 lead but a pair of free throws by Ross Young tied the game up again at 12-12, with 11:27 remaining in the first half.

Wheeling went on a 9-0 run for a 21-12 lead over the next five minutes of the game before Marcus Larsson interrupted the run with a trey making it a 21-15 contest with 6:41 remaining in the half.

Over the next two minutes, Wheeling scored 10 of the next 13 points for a 31-18 lead.

Wheeling’s biggest lead of the first half was 14 after a trey by John Korte with 2:13 left, but Wesleyan trimmed the deficit down to 10 at the break, at 39-29.

A 24-4 run by Wheeling to start the second half effectively put the game away for the Cardinals as they took a 63-33 lead with eight minutes elapsed.

With Wheeling leading 67-43, Wesleyan went on a 14-1 run to close the gap to 11, at 68-57, with 3:29 remaining, but they couldn’t get any closer as Wheeling won by 14.

Wesleyan had three players  land in double digits.

Lee led the ‘Cats with 14 points while Clay Todd and Cameron Ramage each had 10.

Wesleyan shot 42.4 percent for the game making 28 of their 66 attempts.

Wheeling was led by Jordan Reid with 20 points while Jarett Haines scored 17.

Wheeling improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 2-7 overall and 2-2 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they host Urbana at 7:30 p.m. in a Mountain East Conference outing.

The boxscore:

Wheeling                            39  45 – 84

West Virginia Wesleyan  29  41 – 70

Wheeling 84

Jordan Reid 8-9 3-6 20; Jarrett Haines 6-10 2-2 17; Emmanuel Ansong 7-12 2-5 16; Nathan Meriwether 3-5 3-4 10; John Korte 3-5 0-0 7; Jeremiah April 3-6 0-0 6; Jay Gentry 1-7 3-4 5; Alex Humphreys 1-1 0-0 3; Nick Barney 0-0 0-0 0; Shawn Esajas 0-1 0-0 0. Total 32-56 13-21 84.

West Virginia Wesleyan 70

Daylin Lee 5-11 2-2 14; Clay Todd 4-7 1-3 10; Cameron Ramage 5-8 0-2 10; Luka Petrovic 4-11 0-0 9; Braeden McGrew 3-7 0-0 7; Dusan Vicentic 3-9 0-0 6; Ross Young 1-2 3-6 5; Marcus Larsson 1-3 1-2 4; Edward Flohr 1-2 0-0 3; Jacob White 1-1 0-0 2; Tommie Pope 0-1 0-0 0; Jaylin Reed 0-2 0-0 0; Anthony Garcia 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-66 7-15 70.

Three-point field goals – Wheeling: Haines 3-3; Korte 1-1; Humphreys 1-1; Reid 1-1; Ansong 0-1; April 0-2; Gentry 0-5. Totals 7-17; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2-4; Flohr 1-1; Todd 1-2; Larsson 1-2; McGrew 1-3; Petrovic 1-4; Ramage 0-1; Reed 0-1; Garcia 0-1; Vicentic 0-2. Totals 7-21.

Rebounds – Wheeling: Ansong 9; Reid 6; Gentry 4; Korte 4; Haines 3; April 3; Esajas 3; Barney 2; Meriwether 1. Totals 35; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 8; Young 4; Larsson 4; Lee 4; Todd 2; Petrovic 2; McGrew 1; Reed 1. Totals 29.

Assists – Wheeling: Reid 4; Haines 4; Gentry 4; Ansong 3; April 1; Esajas 1. Totals 17; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 4; Pope 3; Lee 2; Ramage 1; McGrew 1.

Steals – Wheeling: Korte 2.  Reid 1; Haines 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 3; Pope 2; Todd 1; McGrew 1, Ramage 1. Totals 8.

Blocked shots – Wheeling: April 2; Korte 2. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2; Pope 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – Wheeling: 16; West Virginia Wesleyan: 10.

Personal fouls – Wheeling: 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: 19.

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