Bobcats end regular season with 73-63 win over Glenville State

Senior Fred Brondsted (44) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats scored a game-high 28 points, including eight 3-pointers, as the ‘Cats defeated Glenville State Saturday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference contest by a 73-63 score.

GLENVILLE – Senior guard Fred Brondsted made the most of his final regular season game here Saturday afternoon against the Glenville State Pioneers in a Mountain East Conference contest at Waco Center.

Brondsted lit up the scoreboard  going 10 of 13 from the floor including eight of 10 from behind the three-point arc for a game-high 28 points as Wesleyan defeated the Pioneers, 73-63.

“I believe Fred is one of the best shooters in the entire country,” remarked West Virginia Wesleyan head coach Jack Meriwether. “We just have to find ways to get him free to get him his shots. Glenville State decided to change defenses on us, and I think as a team we did a great job running our sets against those attacks and finding Fred when he got free.”

Brondsted ended his year in the top five in the MEC in 3-point field goal percentage.

The win also ended a four-game slide for the Bobcats.

Kalin Johnson made three foul shots after being fouled on his 3-point attempt to start the game for the Pioneers, but Brondsted dialed up his first trey of the game to make it 3-3 and Wesleyan never trailed again.

Dusan Vicentic made a lay-up, Clay Todd scored on a fast break and Luka Petrovic made a lay-up to cap a 9-0 run for Wesleyan that staked them to an early 9-3 lead.

Wesleyan followed that up with a 12-2 run following a lay-up by Vicentic to give the ‘Cats a 21-5 advantage with 13:06 left in the first half.

A pair of free throws by Daylin Lee pushed the Wesleyan advantage to 19, at 27-8, with 8:24 left in the first half.

Glenville State whittled the lead down to 11 after a dunk by Ty Robinson, at 35-24, with a minute left, but Brondsted ended the half with a pair of 3-pointers to treat the Bobcats to a 41-24 lead at the half.

Wesleyan built a 21-point lead on two different occasions in the second half, the last one after a lay-up by Vicentic with 16:57 left as that gave the ‘Cats a 48-29 lead.

Over the next four minutes, Glenville State went on an 11-2 run to close the gap to 10, at 50-40, but Petrovic scored on a lay-up and Lee uncorked a trey as Wesleyan extended their lead back to 15, at 55-40, with 11:20 remaining.

Another 3-pointer by Brondsted pushed the Wesleyan lead to 17, at 68-51, with 5:10 left in the contest.

The closest Glenville State could get the rest of the way was 10 points at the end of the game.

Wesleyan shot 50 percent for the game connecting on 29 of their 58 field goals.

Following Brondsted in the scoring column for the ‘Cats were Petrovic with 11 and Vicentic with 10.

“I am really proud of how our guys played,” remarked Meriwether. “We knew we would get Glenville State’s best shot as they had to win to make it into the MEC Tournament. We preached matching their intensity and beating them with our discipline and I think that’s exactly what we did.”

Phil Bledsoe led Glenville State with 21 points while Robinson tallied 14.

Glenville State ended the regular season with an 11-17 mark overall and a 6-8 ledger in the MEC.

The ‘Cats also finished 11-17 overall but compiled an 8-14 mark in conference play.

Wesleyan will enter the MEC Tournament seeded eighth out of 10 teams.

They will play Wheeling Jesuit, the ninth seed, Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  41  32 – 73

Glenville State                   24  39 – 63

West Virginia Wesleyan 73

Fred Brondsted 10-13 0-0 28, Luka Petrovic 5-11 0-0 11, Dusan Vicentic 5-9 0-0 10, Clay Todd 3-10 1-3 7, Edward Flohr 2-2 0-0 5, Daylin Lee 3-7 2-2 9, Adam Horton 1-4 0-0 3, Braden McGrew 0-1 0-0 0, Jaret Mullooly 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-58 3-5 73.

Glenville State 63

Phil Bledsoe 9-15 3-4 21, Ty Robinson 6-7 2-3 14, Noah Frampton 5-11 0-0 13, Kalin Johnson 1-10 3-3 6, Jarret McCarley 0-2 0-0 0, Karl Jeanty 3-6 0-0 6, Howard Smith 1-6 0-0 3, Elisha Mayberry 0-2 0-0 0, J.D. Hensler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-59 8-10 63.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 8-10, Flohr 1-1, Lee 1-1, Horton 1-3, Petrovic 1-4, McGrew 0-1, Mullooly 0-1, Vicentic 0-2, Todd 0-5. Totals 12-28; Glenville State: Frampton 3-8, Johnson 1-5, Smith 1-6, McCarley 0-2, Bledsoe 0-3. Totals 5-24.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 7, Horton 6, Petrovic 5, Lee 5, Petrovic 5, Brondsted 2, Flohr 1, team 5. Totals 33; Glenville State: Bledsoe 13, Jeanty 8, Robinson 6, Johnson 3, team 2, Frampton 1. Totals 33.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 7, Petrovic 5, Brondsted 3, Vicentic 2, Flohr 1, Horton 1. Totals 19; Glenville State: Frampton 4, Jeanty 3, Bledsoe 2, McCarley 2, Hensler 1. Totals 12.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 4, Todd 3, Flohr 1. Totals 8; Glenville State: Jeanty 2, Frampton 1. Totals 3.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 1. Totals 1; Glenville State: Robinson 1, Mayberry 1. Totals 2.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 9; Glenville State: 10.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 9; Glenville State: 11.

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