Bobcat defense shines in 90-63 conference win over Notre Dame

Clay Todd (3) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats brings the ball upcourt against Notre Dame College Wednesday in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center. Todd was one of five players in double digits for the ‘Cats as they defeated Notre Dame by a 90-63 score.

BUCKHANNON – From a scoring output, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats played their best defensive game of the year in a 90-63 win over the Notre Dame Falcons in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

The 63 points allowed by the Wesleyan defense was a season-low for the ‘Cats. They previously held Urbana to just 65 points back on Dec. 11.

Meanwhile on the offensive side, the 90 points was the third best effort for the Bobcats as they scored 101 against Notre Dame and 94 against West Liberty in contests back in December.

Despite the large margin of victory for the Bobcats, the game was close throughout most of the first half.

It was a near perfect start for the Bobcats as they raced out to a 12-0 lead with Daylin Lee uncorking a three-pointer, Luka Petrovic scoring a lay-up, Lee coming back with a jumper in the paint, Petrovic scoring a basket inside and Lee hitting another trey.

Notre Dame answered that with an 8-0 run to make it a 12-8 contest six minutes in.

Following a three-pointer by Petrovic which put Wesleyan up by a 15-8 score, Notre Dame went on a 10-0 run for an 18-15 advantage with nine minutes elapsed in the half.

A fast break lay-up by Garcia ended the run but Notre Dame’s Drew Scarberry drained a trey to keep the Bobcats down by four, at 21-17, with 8:27 remaining.

A Clay Todd three-pointer returned the lead to Wesleyan, at 24-22, with 6:56 left in the half.

The game was tied at 26-26 with four minutes remaining, but the Bobcats finished on a 5-2 run for a 31-28 advantage at the half.

After a basket by Notre Dame’s Levi Frankland to start the second half, the Bobcats rattled off eight straight points, including a dunk by Lee, which gave them a 39-30 lead with three minutes gone.

With Wesleyan leading by a 47-36 score, they went on a 10-0 run capped off by a pair of free throws by Dusan Vicentic for a 21-point advantage, at 57-36, with 11 minutes to go.

Wesleyan still led by 21 points at the 7:49 mark, at 63-42.

Behind a lay-up by Todd, they pushed their lead out to 28 points, at 74-46, with 5:16 remaining.

Braeden McGrew launched in a three-pointer treating Wesleyan to their biggest lead of the game, at 30 points, at 86-56, with 1:43 remaining.

Garcia wrapped up the scoring with a jumper as Wesleyan won by 27.

Wesleyan shot 55.9 percent for the game connecting on 33 of their 59 field goal attempts.

Petrovic had a game high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds.

Lee added 16 points while Garcia chipped in 15, Todd 13 and Ross Young 10.

Wesleyan committed just seven turnovers in the win.

Scarberry paced Notre Dame with 19 points while Levi Frankland scored 14.

Notre Dame dropped to 7-14 overall and 5-10 in the MEC.

Wesleyan improved to 8-13 overall and 7-8 in the MEC.

They currently reside in seventh place in the MEC standings.

The league takes the top ten to their post-season tournament, which will begin during the first week of March.

Wesleyan will return to action today when they visit Urbana for a 4 p.m. tip.

The boxscore:

Notre Dame                      28  35 – 63

West Virginia Wesleyan  31  59 – 90

Notre Dame 63

Drew Scarberry 5-10 6-7 19; Levi Frankland 4-7 5-5 14; Jordan Burton 3-12 4-6 11; Daniel Lott 3-5 2-3 9; Bruce Hodges 2-6 0-3 4; Ryan Cartaino 1-4 2-2 4; DeAnthony Owens 0-2 2-2 2; Jacob Sala 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-46 21-28 63.

West Virginia Wesleyan 90

Luka Petrovic 9-14 2-4 23; Daylin Lee 6-10 2-5 16; Anthony Garcia 6-9 2-2 15; Clay Todd 5-7 0-0 13; Ross Young 3-4 4-6 10; Dusan Vicentic 2-9 2-2 7; Braden McGrew 2-2 0-0 6; Tommie Pope 0-1 0-2 0; Jaylin Reed 0-0 0-2 0; Marcus Larsson 0-1 0-0 0; Cameron Ramage 0-2 0-0 0; Marvel McGowan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-59 12-23 90.

Three-point field goals – Notre Dame: Scarberry 3-8; Lott 1-2; Frankland 1-3; Burton 1-8; Owens 0-1; Cartaino 0-1; Hodges 0-2. Totals 6-25; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 3-5; Todd 3-5; Lee 2-4; McGrew 2-2; Lee 2-4; Garcia 1-1; Vicentic 1-4; Larsson 0-1; Ramage 0-1. Totals 12-23.

Rebounds – Notre Dame: Hodges 5; Lott 5; Cartaino 5; Burton 4; Owens 3; Frankland 2. Totals 24; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 9; Vicentic 9; Todd 6; Garcia 6; Young 4; McGrew 2; Lee 1; Pope 1; Ramage 1. Totals 39.

Assists – Notre Dame: Burton 5; Frankland 1; Hodges 1; Lott 1; Owens 1; Cartaino 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 6; Lee 3; Young 3; Todd 2; Vicentic 2; Pope 1; Garcia 1; McGrew 1; McGowan 1. Totals 20.

Steals – Notre Dame: Scarberry 1; Burton 1; Owens 1; Cartaino 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 2; Pope 2; Garcia 2; Lee 1; McGrew 1; McGowan 1. Totals 9.

Blocked shots – Notre Dame: Owens 1. Totals 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Young 1. Totals 1.

Turnovers – Notre Dame: 15; West Virginia Wesleyan: 7.

Personal fouls – Notre Dame: 19; West Virginia Wesleyan: 20.

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