Bobcats drop 65-52 decision to Fairmont State

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Edward Flohr (5) goes in for a lay-up against Fairmont State in the first half of their game Saturday. The Bobcats dropped a 65-52 verdict.

BUCKHANNON – Daylin Lee and Clay Todd each scored 15 points for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in their Mountain East Conference contest against the Fairmont State Falcons Wednesday evening at Rockefeller Center.

Their output was enough though as the ‘Cats dropped a 65-52 decision.

For the second straight game, Wesleyan lost the rebound battle underneath.

The ‘Cats were outrebounded by a 29-16 margin and hauled down just two offensive boards.

Fairmont State didn’t give Wesleyan many defensive rebounding opportunities as the Falcons shot the ball at a 55.1 clip going 27-for-49 from the floor.

The Falcons were especially hot in the first half connecting on 61 percent of their shots going 14-for-23.

The loss was the third in a row for head coach Jack Meriwether’s team as they fell to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the MEC.

Fairmont State sets atop the league with a perfect 4-0 conference record while they are 6-2 overall.

Wesleyan built a quick 4-0 lead but Fairmont State countered with a 13-4 run for a 13-8 lead with six minutes elapsed.

The Bobcats answered with a 7-0 run that was capped off by a Luke Petrovic jumper which gave Wesleyan a 15-13 advantage with eight minutes gone.

Fairmont State retook the lead at 22-20 but a dunk by Lee and a lay-up by Dusan Vicentic gave the Bobcats a 24-22 lead with 4:50 left in the first half.

The Falcons went on a 9-0 run for a 31-24 lead with 2:44 remaining in the half and held on for a 35-29 lead at the break.

A Vonte Montgomery 3-pointer pushed the Fairmont State lead to 10, at 42-32, with 14:32 remaining in the game.

A trey by Lee trimmed the Wesleyan deficit down to four, at 49-45, with 7:51 left Fairmont State went on a 9-0 to take a 58-45 advantage with 4:33 left.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Trailing Lee and Todd in the scoring column for the Bobcats was Petrovic with nine points and Vicentic with eight.

Jason Jolly and Montgomery each had 14 points to pace the Falcons.

Wesleyan will be back in action Wednesday when they entertain UVa.-Wise at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Fairmont State                  35  30 – 65

West Virginia Wesleyan  29  23 – 52

Fairmont State 65

Jason Jolly 5-9 0-0 14, Vonte Montgomery 6-12 0-0 14, Cole VonHandorf 2-4 0-0 5, Kenzie Melko 2-9 0-0 5, Vince Franklin 1-1 1-3 3, Andrew Emrick 6-7 0-0 12, R. J. Hutcherson 4-6 0-0 9, Donald Kummer 1-1 0-0 3, Troy Cantrell 0-0 0-0 0, Christian Sweazie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-49 1-3 65.

West Virginia Wesleyan 52

Daylin Lee 5-9 3-4 15, Clay Todd 5-8 2-2 15, Luka Petrovic 4-7 0-0 9, Dusan Vicentic 4-12 0-0 8, Fred Brondsted 1-6 2-2 5, Edward Flohr 0-2 0-0 0, Jalen Melvin 0-1 0-0 0, Dedan Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Marcus Larsson 0-0 0-0. Totals 19-45 7-8 52.

Three-point field goals – Fairmont State: Jolly 4-8, Montgomery 2-5, VonHandorf 1-2, Melko 1-3, Hutcherson 1--2, Kummer 1-1. Totals 10-21; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 3-6, Lee 2-4, Petrovic 1-2, Brondsted 1-6, Melvin 0-1, Flohr 0-2, Vicentic 0-4. Totals 7-25.

Rebounds – Fairmont State: Hutcherson 9, Montgomery 6, Melko 5, Emrick 3, Vonhandorf 2, Franklin 2, Jolly 1, Cantrell 1. Totals 29; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 5, Todd 4, Vicentic 4, Brondsted 1, Flohr 1, Larsson 1. Totals 7-25.

Assists – Fairmont State: Montgomery 6, Jolly 3, Vonhandorf 3, Emrick 2, Hutcherson 1. Totals 15; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 3, Petrovic 3, Vicentic 3, Brondsted 2, Lee 1, Flohr 1, Williams 1. Totals 14.

Steals – Fairmont State: Montgomery 2, Hutcherson 2. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2, Petrovic 2. Totals 4.

Blocks – Fairmont State: Hutcherson 1. Totals 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 1, Melvin 1. Totals 2

Personal fouls – Fairmont State: 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: 9.

Turnovers – Fairmont State: 15; West Virginia Wesleyan: 11.


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