‘Cats fall to Wheeling Jesuit in MEC tourney opener

Daylin Lee (11), shown here from a previous game against Fairmont State, scored 12 points and collected six rebounds Wednesday night as the Bobcats dropped a 66-48 contest to Wheeling Jesuit in the first-round of the MEC Tournament at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

Wesleyan scores a season-low 48 points against Cardinals as they exit MEC Tournament

WHEELING – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats picked the absolute worst time to play one of their poorest offensive games of the season in a 66-48 setback to the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals in the first round of the Mountain East Conference Tournament at Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena.

The 48 points was a season-low for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats also set a record for the fewest points scored in an MEC Tournament game and the two teams combined for the lowest point total in a contest (114), breaking the old mark of 118 set by the same two schools in the 2016 tournament.

“We got our butt kicked,” remarked West Virginia Wesleyan coach Jack Meriwether. “I thought they played better than us and I thought John Peckinpaugh coached better than I did. I also think they seemed a lot better prepared than we were from top to bottom.”

Wesleyan never led in the contest.

Wheeling Jesuit started the game with a 6-0 lead, and after Fred Brondsted unleashed a 3-pointer, went on a 9-0 run for a 15-3 lead with just four minutes gone.

Clay Todd knocked down a trey to end the run and make it a 15-6 game.

A jumper by Todd cut the lead to eight, at 19-11, with 9:11 remaining in the first half.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer in the opening half as Wheeling Jesuit found open look after open look in the final nine minutes ending the half on a 19-10 run for a 38-21 lead at the break.

Wheeling Jesuit took a 44-23 lead with 80 seconds gone in the second half, but Wesleyan went on a 12-0 run capped off by a Brondsted lay up that closed the gap to nine, at 44-35, with 12 minutes remaining.

Over the next four minutes Wesleyan got sloppy with the ball with three turnovers and ice cold shooting as Wheeling Jesuit went on a 14-0 run for a 58-35 advantage with 5:27 remaining.

“In the second half we played better,” said Meriwether. “We talked at halftime and said let's get it under 10 and I'll call a timeout. When we got it to nine, the frustrating thing for me was our offense for like the next three possessions was abysmal. The things that got us right back in the game we abandoned and that was frustrating. Once we had three or four bad offensive possessions they went on another run and extended the lead again.”

The closest Wesleyan could get the rest of the way was 18 points at the end of the game.

Wesleyan shot the ball at just a 33.3 percent clip hitting on 17 of their 51 attempts.

Brondsted scored a game-high 14 points while Daylin Lee came off the bench and scored 12.

The Bobcats were outrebounded by a 41-28 margin.

Wheeling Jesuit ended the game shooting just under 50 percent knocking down 27 of their 57 attempts.

De’Andre Robinson and Miguel Rodriguez each scored 12 points while Tariq Woody added 11.

Wesleyan ended the year with an 11-18 record.

Wheeling Jesuit improved to 9-20.

They will advance to the quarterfinals today and play top seed West Liberty at 6 p.m.

The boxscore:

Wheeling Jesuit                38  28 – 66

West Virginia Wesleyan  21  27 – 48

Wheeling Jesuit 66

DeAndre Robinson 6-13 0-0 12, Miguel Rodriguez 3-4 3-3 12, Tariq Woody 5-9 1-2 11, Franck Kamgain 3-8 0-0 7, Steve Cannady 2-8 0-0 5, Emmanuel Ansong 4-6 2-4 10, Jeremiah April 2-4 0-0 4, Jay Gentry 1-1 0-0 3, Jeremiah Brooks 1-3 0-0 3, Zach Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Zack Duffy 0-0 0-0 0, English Dowery 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Zandron 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-57 6-9 66.

West Virginia Wesleyan 48

Fred Brondsted 4-10 3-3 14, Luka Petrovic 2-7 0-0 5, Clay Todd 2-6 0-0 5, Dusan Vicentic 1-7 1-2 4, Edward Flohr 0-2 0-0 0, Daylin Lee 4-9 1-2 12, Braden McGrew 3-7 0-0 6, Kenny Lewis Jr. 1-3 0-0 2, Adam Horton 0-0 0-1 0, Jaret Mulloly 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-51 5-8 48.

Three-point field goals – Wheeling Jesuit: Rodriguez 3-4, Gentry 1-1, Kamgain 1-4, Cannady 1-6, Robinson 0-3. Totals 6-18; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 3-7, Brondsted 3-9, Petrovic 1-3, Todd 1-3, Vicentic 1-5, Lewis Jr, 0-1, Flohr 0-2, McGrew 0-3. Totals 9-33.

Rebounds – Robinson 15, Cannady 6, Woody 5, Kamgain 5, Ansong 3, Rodriguez 2, Gentry 1, Collins 1, Dowery 1, Zandron 1, team 1. Totals 41; West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 6, Lee 6, Petrovic 5, McGrew 4, Vicentic 2, Flohr 2, Todd 1, Lewis Jr. 1, team 1. Totals 28.

Assists – Cannady 5, Ansong 2, Robinson 1, Kamgain 1, April 1, Collins 1. Totals 11; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 2, Flohr 2, McGrew 2, Brondsted 1, Vicentic 1. Totals 8.

Steals –Wheeling Jesuit: Ansong 2, Robinson 1. Totals 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 1, Todd 1, Flohr 1, Lee 1, Horton 1. Totals 5.

Blocked shots – Wheeling Jesuit: None; West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 1, Vicentic 1. Total 2.

Personal fouls – Wheeling Jesuit: 9; West Virginia Wesleyan: 9.

Turnovers – Wheeling Jesuit: 9; West Virginia Wesleyan: 12.


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