BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan College Bobcats displayed a tremendous effort against the No.5 Hilltoppers Thursday night at the Rockefeller Center, falling 77-66 but showing that the high-scoring West Liberty offense can be slowed down.
Off the back of a five-game winning streak, which brought momentum for head coach Jack Meriwether’s team, the ‘Cats took a great game to one of the nation’s best teams in West Liberty.
After an entertaining tight first half overall, both teams went into the break with the
With 11:21 remaining, sophomore
West Liberty pulled away in the final minutes, sinking shots at the foul line to secure the victory. The Hilltoppers took the final decision, 77-66.
Ariri shot 9-of-11 and led Wesleyan with 21 points. Petrovic had a solid all-around game, scoring 15 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing seven assists.
Dalton Bolon scored 19 points to go along with nine rebounds to lead the visitors in both categories. West Liberty also had five different players picking up double digits in scoring.
Meriwether’s team has picked up their play after returning from the Christmas break, sparking a five-game unbeaten run that included wins over strong opponents like Concord, Notre Dame
“Coming out of Christmas we changed a lot of things we were doing,” Meriwether said. “We changed our offense, we changed our defense and went to a zone. Guys gradually picked up the things we were doing, bought into it and once they got
The ‘Cats did well to contain the Hilltoppers to a respectful
“We had a lot of goals coming in, we controlled the tempo of the game,” Meriwether said. “It was about 71 possessions. They [typically] play around 90 possessions, we like to play around 66, so it was our type of tempo. We didn’t turn the ball over against the press and we turned them over more than they turned us over. The team did a pretty decent job keeping them off the offensive glass; we stayed disciplined and ran the plays we wanted to do. In terms of goals we had for the game, we achieved all of them. We just couldn’t make shots when we needed to and sometimes that’s just how it goes.”
The loss brings the Bobcats’