Bobcats have rough outing with Fairmont State in 76-53 setback


FAIRMONT – An eight-minute span in the first half severely hurt the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in their Mountain East Conference clash with the homestanding Fairmont State Falcons in a 76-53 setback Wednesday night at Joe Retton Arena.

A Fred Brondsted 3-pointer put the ‘Cats ahead by four, at 21-17, with 8:16 left in the opening half.

Fairmont State controlled the rest of the half and the game as well after that point.

The Falcons ended the half on a 25-6 run for a 15-point lead at the break, at 42-27.

Wesleyan cut into the lead to start the second half and whittled it down to just four points after another trey by Brondsted. That made it a 44-40 contest with 12:44 remaining.

Three minutes later the Falcons had the lead back to 12, 54-42, following a jumper in the paint by Cole VonHandorf.

Wesleyan trimmed the lead back down to seven with a 5-0 run after another 3-pointer by Brondsted and a lay-up by Edward Flohr with eight minutes remaining, at 54-47, but the ‘Cats couldn’t get any closer.

The Falcons closed the game on a 22-6 run in that final eight minutes.

Brondsted hit five 3-pointers for the ‘Cats and finished the contest with a game-high 17 points. He also added a team-best eight rebounds.

R. J. Hutcherson paced Fairmont State with 17 points and six rebounds while Vonte Montgomery had a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with six points.

Fairmont State improved to 20-7 overall and 17-4 in the MEC. Wesleyan dropped to 10-17 overall and 7-14 in the league.

The Bobcats will wrap up their regular season Saturday when they visit Glenville State for a 4 p.m. conference tip.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                                                 27  26 – 53

Fairmont State                                                                                               42  34 – 76

West Virginia Wesleyan 53

Fred Brondsted 6-10 0-0 17, Dusan Vicentic 6-12 0-0 13, Luka Petrovic 3-7 0-0 6, Clay Todd 0-7 2-2 2, Edward Flohr 1-4 0-1 2, Braeden McGrew 2-5 0-0 5, Daylin Lee 1-5 1-3 3, Marcus Larsson 1-2 0-0 3, Adam Horton 1-5 0-0 2, Jaret Mullooly 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 3-6 53.

Fairmont State 76

Cole VonHandorf 6-12 0-0 16, Kenzie Melko 6-11 2-2 15, Jason Jolly 2-9 2-2 8, Vonte Montgomery 2-12 1-2 6, Vince Franklin 0-1 0-0 0, R.J. Hutcherson 7-13 0-0 17, Andrew Emrick 3-4 3-4 9, Troy Cantrell 1-1 1-2 3, Donald Kummer 0-0 2-2 2, Ron Alston 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 11-14 76.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 5-9, Vicentic 1-3, McGrew 1-3, Larsson 1-2, Petrovic 0-1, Flohr 0-1, Lee 0-1, Horton. 0-1, Todd 0-3. Totals 8-24; Fairmont State: VonHandorf 4-7, Hutcherson 3-6, Jolly 2-6, Melko 1-4, Montgomery 1-3. Totals 11-26.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 8, Petrovic 4, McGrew 4, Vicentic 3, Horton 3, Todd 2, Lee 2, Flohr 1, Larsson 1, team 1. Totals 29; Fairmont State: Montgomery 14, Hutcherson 6, VonHandorf 5, Melko 5, Emrick 5, Franklin 4, Jolly 1, Cantrell 1, Alston 1, team 3. Totals 45.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 5, Flohr 2, McGrew 2, Brondsted 1, Petrovic 1, Lee 1. Totals 12; Fairmont State: Jolly 4, Montgomery 4, Melko 3, Emrick 2, VonHardorf 1, Hutcherson 1. Totals 15.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 2, Petrovic 2, Todd 1, Flohr 1, McGrew 1. Totals 7; Fairmont State: Melko 3, Montgomery 3, Hutcherson 3, Jolly 2, VonHandorf 1. Totals 12.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 1. Totals 1; Fairmont State: Hutcherson 1. Totals 1.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17: Fairmont State: 13.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17: Fairmont State: 15.


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