Basketball ‘Cats fall at home to Wheeling, 85-77

Tommie Pope (3) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats blocks out Wheeling’s Jordan Beale for a rebound Wednesday night in their Mountain East Conference outing at Rockefeller Center. Pope had four rebounds in the ‘Cats 85-77 setback.

BUCKHANNON – Two squads seeking their first win of the season met Wednesday night in Rockefeller Center in a Mountain East Conference contest when Wheeling made the trip to West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Wesleyan entered the game with an 0-8 record while Wheeling started play with a 0-4 mark.

Wesleyan never led in the contest and was forced to play catch-up the entire game.

Wesleyan found themselves down by seven, at 12-5, just 3:31 into the game after a three-pointer by Wheeling’s Jordan Beale.

A pair of free throws by Jaylin Reed brought Wesleyan to within two, at 12-10, and a jumper by Daylin Lee made it just a one-point game, at 19-18, but the Bobcats were never able to get over that hump and take the lead.

A 5-0 run by Wheeling put Wesleyan down by a 24-18 score at the 8:28 mark of the first half and the ‘Cats still trailed by six, at 34-28, with 2:53 remaining in the half.

Wheeling closed the half on an 8-4 run for a 10-point lead, at 42-32, at the intermission.

Jay Gentry started the second half for Wheeling with a jumper to put Wesleyan down by 12, but the ‘Cats answered with an 8-0 run capped by a Daylin Lee jumper to make it a 44-40 contest with 3:23 gone in the second half.

Still down by four, at 49-45, after a Lee three-pointer, Wheeling went on a 14-0 run opening up a 63-45 lead.

And old-fashioned three-point play by Ross Young ended the run, but Wesleyan was still down 15, at 63-48, with 10 minutes remaining.

Wesleyan kept battling though and outscored Wheeling by a 19-9 margin over the next seven minutes to close the gap down to five, at 72-67.

Wheeling put the game away in the final 2:30 going 13-for-16 at the free throw line for the eight-point win.

Wheeling was led by Jarett Haines who scored 21 points while Gentry added 19.

Wheeling shot 52 percent for the game (27-for-52) and was almost as good from behind the three-point-arc at 48 percent (12-for-25).

Reed led the Bobcats in scoring with 18 points while Young had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Lee added 16 points while Jaret Mullooly added 12.

Wheeling improved to 1-4 overall and 1-4 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-9 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will return to action Sunday when they visit West Liberty for a 4:30 p.m. conference contest.

They will stay on the road Wednesday for a conference meeting with Davis & Elkins at 7 p.m.

The boxscore:

Wheeling                           42  43 – 85

West Virginia Wesleyan  32  45 – 77

Wheeling 85

Jarett Haines 7-13 5-5 21; Jay Gentry 6-11 3-4 19; Toren Portee 4-8 5-6 14; Brent Price 3-7 5-5 12; Jordan Beale 3-6 0-0 8; Jaylan Hewitt 2-3 0-0 6; Dayne Allen 2-2 0-0 4; Dozie Enyosiobi 0-0 1-2 1; Andrew Taylor 0-1 0-0 0; Alex Humphreys 0-0 0-0 0; DJ Jenkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-52 19-22 85.

West Virginia Wesleyan 77

Jaylin Reed 5-12 6-6 18; Ross Young 7-14 3-3 17; Daylin Lee 7-14 1-3 16; Jaret Mullooly 4-8 0-0 12; Braeden McGrew 4-6 1-1 10; Cameron Ramage 1-8 0-0 2; Jayden Hibbett 1-3 0-0 2; Tommie Pope 0-1 0-0 0; Shawn Moran 0-2 0-0 0; Anthony Craven Jr. 0-1 0-0 0; Zach Seese 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-69 11-13 77.

Three-point field goals – Wheeling: Gentry 4-7; Hewitt 2-3; Beale 2-4; Haines 2-5; Portee 1-1; Price 1-3; Taylor 0-1. Totals 12-25; West Virginia Wesleyan: Mullooly 4-7; Reed 2-9; McGrew 1-2; Lee 1-6; Young 0-1; Moran 0-1; Craven Jr. 0-1; Hibbitt 0-2; Ramage 0-2. Totals 8-31.

Rebounds – Wheeling: Allen 10; Gentry 5; Price 4; Portee 3; Haines 2; Hewitt 2; Taylor 2; Jenkins 2; team 2; Enyosiobi 1. Totals 33; West Virginia Wesleyan: Young 10; Reed 7; Pope 4; Hibbitt 4; Lee 3; Mullooly 3; team 2; McGrew 1; Ramage 1. Totals 35.

Assists – Wheeling: Haines 7; Gentry 2; Taylor 2; Allen 1. Totals 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: Reed 3; Lee 2; Pope 2; McGrew 2; Young 1; Hibbitt 1; Craven Jr. 1. Totals 12.

Steals – Wheeling: Gentry 1; Price 1; Allen 1; Enyosiobi 1; Taylor 1. Totals 5; West Virginia Wesleyan:

Blocked shots – Wheeling: Jenkins 1. Totals 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Pope 2; Reed 1; Young 1; Lee 1; Mullooly 1. Totals 6.

Turnovers – Wheeling: 14; West Virginia Wesleyan: 12.

Personal fouls – Wheeling: 13; West Virginia Wesleyan: 19.

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