Bobcats fall in league games to UC and WV State

Daylin Lee (11) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats drives the lane and puts in a lay-up in front of West Virginia State’s Jeremiah Moore (5) during the first half of their Mountain East Conference clash Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. Lee scored three points and had three rebounds in the ‘Cats’ 78-64 setback

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats dropped a pair of Mountain East Conference contests last week as they lost games to the University of Charleston and the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets.

The ‘Cats dropped a 76-67 contest Thursday to Charleston and then returned home Saturday and lost a 78-64 decision to West Virginia State.

The pair of losses dropped the Bobcats of head coach Jack Meriwether to 6-10 overall and 3-7 in the MEC.

“I think we’ve been strong in stretches but unfortunately we have not done the things that teams that value winning do,” remarked Meriwether. “I know I sound like a broken record but when we exist within our offensive and defensive system there is no one on our schedule that we can’t beat, but there is no such thing as discipline some of the time. Too often we just haven’t fought the fight to run our stuff or stay within the principles of our zone to win.”

The Golden Eagles raced out to a 17-6 lead but the ‘Cats battled back.

Charleston increased their lead to 14, at 24-10, but Jalen Melvin knocked down a jumper and Clay Todd drained a 3-pointer as the ‘Cats cut it to nine, at 24-15.

Following a Charleston basket, the ‘Cats went on a 7-0 run behind a Daylin Lee old-fashioned 3-point play, a basket by Melvin and a jumper by Luka Petorvic.

That closed the contest to 26-22 with 5:33 left in the half.

A Melvin basket brought Wesleyan to within two at 28-26, with 3:37 remaining in the half, but Charleston pushed their advantage to six at the break, at 32-26.

Wesleyan started the second half on fire. Following a Charleston basket, Adam Horton uncorked a  pair of 3-pointers and Dusan Vicentic popped in a jumper to give Wesleyan their only lead of the game, at 36-34.

A trey by Fred Brondsted pushed the Wesleyan lead to 44-39 with 12:55 remaining in the game.

Charleston turned the tide of the game with a 16-6 run to take a 55-50 lead with 8:08 left.

A trio of free throws by Lee brought Wesleyan to within one, at 57-56, but Charleston outscored Wesleyan by a 15-8 margin over the next four minutes for a 72-63 lead with a minute remaining.

Charleston secured the win at the free throw line.

Vicentic scored 20 points while Clay and Melvin added 10 apiece.

In Saturday’s game, West Virginia State led by a 12-8 score but Todd fired in a 3-pointer to close the gap to one, at 12-11, but the Yellow Jackets scored seven straight for a 19-11 lead at the 10-minute mark of the first half.

A jumper by Edward Flohr kept Wesleyan down by just three, at 22-19, with 6:46 left in the opening half.

The Yellow Jackets owned a 34-30 advantage the break.

Vicentic gave Wesleyan their first lead of the second half with a 3-pointer as the Bobcats took a 49-47 lead with 11:13 remaining.

Over the next three minutes, the Yellow Jacket outscored Wesleyan by a 12-3 margin to grab a 59-52 lead with 8:29 remaining.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer than five points the rest of the way as West Virginia State pulled away for an 11-point victory.

Petrovic scored a team-best 18 points while Vicentic and Todd each had 10.

Pat Johnson-Agwu scored a team-high 15 points for West Virginia State.

“I still believe this is a really special team when we are playing our type of basketball,” Meriwether concluded. “We simply have very little margin for error when we veer out of it and we’ve done that too much lately to win. Winning in college basketball is a fragile thing and we tell our all the time to our players. You can’t dictate the terms of your victories and unfortunately that is a lesson we are still learning.”

The ‘Cats will be back in action Wednesday when they host the Shepherd Rams at 7:30 p.m.

They will remain at home Saturday when they take on Glenville State at 4 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  26  41 — 67

Charleston                         32  44 — 76

West Virginia Wesleyan 67

Dusan Vicentic 9-14 0-0 20, Clay Todd 3-7 2-3 10, Luka Petrovic 4-8 0-0 8, Adam Horton 3-4 0-0 8, Fred Brondsted 1-3 0-0 3, Daylin Lee 1-4 8-8 10, Jalen Melvin 3-8 0-0 6, Edward Flohr 1-3 0-0 2, Marcus Larsson 0-0 0-0 0, Braden McGrew 0-0 0-0 0, Tommie Pope 0-1 0-0 0, Kenny Lewis Jr. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 10-11 67.

Charleston 76

Devon Robinson 8-13 8-10 24, Josh Floyd 8-9 2-2 20, Drew Rackley 5-12 2-4 16, Lamont McManus 2-4 5-5 9, Seth O’Neal 0-1 0-1 0, Adam Traore 1-4 2-2 4, Keith Williams 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 25-48 19-24 76.

Three-point field goals –West Virginia Wesleyan: Horton 2-2, Todd 2-4, Vicentic 2-6, Brondsted 1-1, Lee 0-1, Flohr 0-2. Totals 7-17; Charleston: Rackley 4-9, Floyd 2-3, Williams 1-3, O’Neal 0-1. Totals 7-16.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 4, Todd 4, Vicentic 4, Lee 3, Melvin 1, team 1. Totals 17; Charleston: Robinson 17, Floyd 4, Rackley 4, Traore 4, O’Neal 2, Williams 1. Totals 36.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 4, Lee 3, Petrovic 2, Vicentic 1, Horton 1, Melvin 1. Totals 12; Charleston: O’Neal 4, Robinson 3, Floyd 3, Williams 2. Totals 12.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 3, Petrovic 2, Lee 2, Brondsted 1. Totals 8; Charleston: Robinson 2, O’Neal 2, Floyd 1. Totals 5.

Blocks – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; Charleston: None.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 18; Charleston: 12.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 10; Charleston 14.


West Virginia State          34  44 – 78

West Virginia Wesleyan   30  34 – 64

West Virginia State 78

Pat Johnson-Agwu 5-5 5-11 15, Ernest Jenkins 4-5 0-0 11, Frank Agyemang 3-4 3-5 11, Gus Stone 3-8 2-2 10, James Hagins 2-3 0-0 4, Glen Abram 3-6 0-0 8, Kovien Dominaus 3-6 0-0 8, Jeremiah Moore 3-9 0-0 6, Camearl Thomas 2-3 0-0 4, Garret McCarty 0-2 1-2 1.

West Virginia Wesleyan 64

Petrovic 6-9 4-4 18, Vicentic 4-9 0- 10, Todd 4-11 1-1 10, Brondsted 2-8 2-2 8, Horton 2-5 2-4 7, Lewis Jr. 2-2 0-2 4, Lee 1-2 1-2 3, Larsson 1-2 0-0 2, Flohr 1-5 0-0 2, Melvin 0-1 0-0 0, McGrew 0-1 0-0 0, Jaret Mullooly 0-0 0-0 0, Pope 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony Garcia 0-0 0-0. Totals 23-55 10-17 64.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia State: Jenkins 3-4, Agyemang 2-2, Abram 2-4, Stone 2-5, Dominaus 2-5, McCarty 0-2. Totals 11-22; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 2-3, Vicentic 2-7, Brondsted 2-7, Todd 1-4, Horton 1-4, Larsson 0-1, Flohr 0-3. Totals 8-29.

Rebounds – West Virginia State: Johnson-Agwu 8, Agyemang 6, Stone 4, Hagins 3, Dominaus 3, Thomas 3, Abram 2, Moore 2, McCarty 2, team 1. Totals 34; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 8, Todd 3, Lee 3, Larsson 3, Vicentic 2, Horton 2, Brondsted 1, Lewis Jr. 1, Flohr 1, Melvin 1, McGrew 1, Mullooly 1, team 2. Totals 29.

Assists – West Virginia State: Agyemang 3, Hagins 3, Moore 3, Johnson-Agwu 2, McCarty 2, Stone 1, Abram 1. Totals 16; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 4, Petrovic 3, Vicentic 3, Flohr 3, Brondsted 2, Lee 1, Larsson 1. Totals 17

Steals – West Virginia State: Johnson-Agwu 2, Agyemang 2, McCarty 2. Totals 6; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 5, Petrovic 3, Brondsted 1, Larsson 1, Flohr 1. Totals 11.

Blocked shots – West Virginia State: Johnson-Agwu 1, Agyemang 1, Moore 1. Totals 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: None.

Personal fouls – West Virginia State: 13; West Virginia Wesleyan: 16.

Turnovers – West Virginia State: 14; West Virginia Wesleyan: 15.


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