Bobcats hit 16 3-pointers in win over Glenville State

Dusan Vicentic (42) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats, shown here in an earlier game against Shepherd, scored a 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in their Mountain East Conference contest with the Glenville State Pioneers Saturday evening at Rockefeller Center. The Bobcats downed Glenville State by a 94-83 score to improve to 8-10 on the season.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats unleashed 16 3-pointers on the Glenville State Pioneers on their way to a 94-83 victory Saturday evening in a Mountain East Conference clash at Rockefeller Center.

For Wesleyan head coach Jack Meriwether, he was more pleased with another number on the stat sheet for his Bobcats – 33 assists.

“Offensively, Glenville State gave us a number of different looks,” remarked Meriwether. “They pressed, they played man-to-man and played a 2-3 zone and a 1-3-1 zone. Our guys handled the changes really well which isn’t easy to do on the fly and we got right into our sets and shared the ball. To have 33 assists on 38 made shots is a testament to our offensive discipline and unselfishness. We scored 1.34 points per possession which is as high of a number we’ve had around here in a while.”

Wesleyan never trailed in the contest.

Taking a 7-4 lead early, Wesleyan connected on four straight 3-pointers, two by Clay Todd, one by Adam Horton and one by Fred Brondsted for a 19-8 lead with just five minutes gone in the game.

A Daylin Lee trey gave Wesleyan their biggest lead of the half, at 29-12, with 12:36 remaining in the opening period.

Glenville State went on a 15-5 run to cut it to 34-27 with 6:52 remaining, but Wesleyan extended the lead back to 13, at 49-36, following a jumper by Brondsted.

Wesleyan went into the half with a 51-40 lead.

A trey by Lee kept Wesleyan ahead by 11, at the 14:18 mark, at 65-54.

Leading 65-57, a 3-pointer by Todd and Lee and a lay-up by Todd pushed the Wesleyan lead to 16, at 73-57, with 11:42 remaining.

A 12-2 run by Glenville State cut the lead to 75-69, but Brondsted unleashed another 3-pointer to make it a 78-69 contest with 7:05 remaining.

A lay-up by Dusan Vicentic pushed the Wesleyan lead back to 16, at 94-78, with 30 seconds remaining as Glenville State closed the game with the last five points.

“I think our guys played exceptionally well,” Meriwether said. Glenville State is as difficult to guard as anyone on our schedule and we knew that coming into the game. I think we’ve been a disruptive defensive team this year and while we didn’t defend as well as we would have liked to, I do think we slowed Glenville State from the tempo they like to play. We had guys make plays to turn them over. Both Luka Petrovic and Todd are in the top 50 nationally in steals and for them to combine for eight means we did some good things on defense.”

The Bobcats put six players in double digits as Todd scored 20 Petrovic 18, Brondsted 16, Vicentic 12, Lee 11 and Horton 10.

“I thought we got big-time performances from our two freshman on the wings in Lee and Horton,” Meriwether stated. “They both did a great job adjusting on the fly to different looks and difficult match-ups. I thought for both guys it was their best defensive performances of the season and it came at the right time.”

Kalin Johnson scored a game-high 24 points for Glenville State while Phil Bledsoe added 23.

The Pioneers dropped to 7-11 overall and 2-10 in the MEC.

Wesleyan improved to 8-10 overall and 5-7 in the conference.

Wesleyan will be back in action Wednesday when they visit UVa.-Wise for a league game at 7:30 p.m.

The will return home Saturday to play Concord at 4 p.m. in another conference contest.

The boxscore:

Glenville State                   41  42 – 83

West Virginia Wesleyan  51  43 – 94

Glenville State 83

Kalin Johnson 8-13 3-3 24, Phil Bledsoe 10-18 0-0 23, Elisha Mayberry 5-10 1-4 11, Jamal Pollydore 4-10 2-2 10, Howard Smith 1-6 2-3 4, Karl Jeaty 4-5 0-0 8, Ty Robinson 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 33-63 9-14 83.

West Virginia Wesleyan 94

Clay Todd 8-8 0-1 20, Luka Petrovic 8-11 0-0 18, Fred Brondsted 6-7 0-0 16, Dusan Vicentic 5-13 1-2 12, Adam Horton 4-6 1-2 10, Daylin Lee 4-9 0-0 11, Jalen Melvin 2-3 0-0 4, Edward Flohr 1-1 0-0 3, Marcus Larsson 0-2 0-0 0, Braeden McGrew 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-61 2-5 94.

Three-point field goals – Glenville State: Johnson 5-10, Bledsoe 3-6 Mayberry 0-1, Pollydore 0-3, Smith 0-5. Totals 8-25; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 4-4, Brondsted 4-5, Lee 3-7, Petrovic 2-5, Vicentic 1-5, Horton 1-3, Flohr 1-1, Melvin 0-1, Larsson 0-2. Totals 16-33.

Rebounds – Glenville State: Bledsoe 19, Pollydore 4, Johnson 3, Smith 3, Mayberry 1, Jeanty 1, Robinson 1, team 2. Totals 34; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 5, Petrovic 3, Brondsted 3, Horton 3, Melvin 3, Flohr 2, Lee 1, team 3. Totals 23.

Assists – Glenville State: Pollydore 10, Mayberry 4, Jeanty 3, Bledsoe 2, Smith 2, Johnson 1. Totals 22; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 12, Todd 5, Brondsted 5, Vicentic 5, Horton 2, Lee 2, Melvin 1, Flohr 1. Totals 33.

Steals – Glenville State: Mayberry 4, Pollydore 2. Totals 6; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 5, Todd 3. Totals 8.

Blocks – Glenville State: None; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2, Vicentic 1. Totals 3.

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

Turnovers – Glenville State: 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: 9.


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