Bobcats can’t sustain quick start in 104-92 loss to Yellow Jackets

Ross Young

INSTITUTE – Valentine’s Day was last weekend, but everything was coming up roses for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in the start of their Mountain East Conference clash with the homestanding West Virginia State Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon.

The ‘Cats, still in search of their first win of the season, led the Yellow Jackets by 14 points and was in control early with a 29-15 lead with 10:28 left in the first half.

Then the bottom fell out for the Bobcats.

West Virginia State completely dominated the final 10 minutes of the first half outscoring Wesleyan by a 41-7 margin for a 20-point lead at the break, at 56-36.

Wesleyan continued to battle in the second half but dropped a 104-92 decision.

Ross Young posted career highs in points and rebounds with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Wesleyan put three more scorers over the 20-point mark with Jaylin Reed and Jaret Mullooly each scoring 21 and Daylin Lee 20. Mullooly racked up all 21 points from beyond the three-point arc going seven-for-10.

While those four starters accounted for 90 points, the rest of the team combined for just two points.

Despite the loss, Wesleyan outshot West Virginia State. The Bobcats made 33-of-73 field goals for 45.2 percent while West Virginia State made one less field goal at 32-for-73 for 44.4 percent.

The difference came from beyond the three-point stripe where Yellow Jackets were a red-hot 17-for-33 for 51.5 percent.

Yellow Jacket Glen Abram was responsible for most of those threes as he finished 12-for-16 from beyond the three-point stripe and wound up with a game-high 46 points.

West Virginia State’s Jeremiah Moore started the game with a jumper, but Wesleyan’s Reed made two free throws and Mullooly drained one of his threes to give Wesleyan a 5-2 lead, and Wesleyan held the lead for the next 14 minutes of the game.

A lay-up by Reed gave Wesleyan their biggest lead of the first half, the 14-point spread, at 29-15.

West Virginia State went on a 10-0 run to close the gap to four, but Mullooly drained another three to keep Wesleyan ahead by seven, at 32-25, with eight minutes remaining.

A short jumper by Augustus Stone gave the Yellow Jackets the lead, at 33-32, with 6:32 left in the first half.

A lay-up by Lee kept Wesleyan down by just five, at 41-36, with 3:21 left in the opening half, but West Virginia State closed on a 15-0 run for a 56-36 lead at intermission.

Wesleyan’s biggest deficit was 21 points, at 70-49, but a jumper by Young capped off a 17-7 run for Wesleyan trimming the Yellow Jacket lead down to 11, at 77-66, with 9:44 remaining.

A dunk by Jihad Shockley put the Yellow Jacket lead back up to 16, at 87-71, but mini 5-0 run by Wesleyan kept them down by 11, at 87-76, with 5:38 left.

A lay-up by Young put Wesleyan down by just eight, at 96-88, with 1:48 remaining but they couldn’t get any closer as the Yellow Jackets won by 12.

The win improved West Virginia State to 7-5 overall and 7-5 in the MEC.

Wesleyan fell to 0-13 overall and 0-13 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will have a pair of home games this week to wrap up the regular season.

They will host Concord Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and then Davis & Elkins Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan   36  56 – 92

West Virginia State         56  48 – 104

West Virginia Wesleyan 92

Ross Young 11-14 6-8 28; Jaylin Reed 7-16 5-6 21; Jaret Mullooly 7-11 0-0 21; Daylin Lee 7-19 4-5 20; Cameron Ramage 1-5 0-0 2; Tommie Pope 0-1 0-0 0; Marvel McGowan 0-4 0-0 0; Braeden McGrew 0-2 0-0 0; Anthon Craven Jr. 0-0 0-0 0; Jaden Hibbitt 0-1 0-0 0; Shawn Moran 0-0 0-0 0; Zach Seese 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-73 15-19 92.

West Virginia State 104

Glen Abram 14-23 7-9 47; Anthony Pittman 3-8 7-10 14; Augustus Stone 3-7 1-2 9; Jihad Shockley 4-8 0-0 8; Jeremiah Moore 2-6 3-4 7; Treohn Watkins 2-10 0-0 6; Savio Marshall-Hamilton 2-4 0-0 4; Jeremiah Staten 0-2 2-2 2; Stephon Sheard 1-2 0-0 2; Ricky Williams 0-0 2-2 2; Brandon Keaton 1-1 0-0 2; Nasir Harris 0-0 1-2 1; Neil Higgins 0-0 0-0 0; Grant Bonner 0-0 0-0 0; Raef Hetherington 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-72 23-31 104.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Mullooly 7-10; Lee 2-6; Reed 2-9; Ramage 0-1; McGrew 0-2; McGowan 0-3. Totals 11-31; West Virginia State: Abram 12-16; Stone 2-5; Watkins 2-7; Pittman 1-2; Hetherington 0-1; Moore 0-2. Totals 17-33.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Young 14; Lee 8; team 6; Pope 5; Reed 3; Ramage 2; McGowan 2; Craven Jr. 2; McGrew 1. Totals 43; West Virginia State: Pittman 18; Shockley 8; Moore 7; Watkins 3; Abram 2; Staten 2; Stone 1; Marshall-Hamilton 1; Sheard 1; Bonner 1; team 1. Totals 45.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 5; Mullooly 4; Reed 3; Pope 3; McGrew 2; Young 1; McGowan 1. Total 19; West Virginia State: Pittman 5; Abram 4; Watkins 4; Staten 3; Stone 2; Moore 2; Bonner 1. Totals 21.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Reed 3; Pope 2; Ramage 2; Young 1; Mullooly 1; Lee 1; McGrew 1. Totals 11; West Virginia State: Abram 3; Moore 2; Pittman 1; Stone 1; Watkins 1. Totals 8.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Young 2. Totals 2; West Virginia State: Moore 2; Pittman 1; Sheard 1. Totals 4.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 14; West Virginia State: 14.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 23; West Virginia State: 14.

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