‘Cats go on the road and get 79-72 win over Golden Bears


BECKLEY – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats started the new year off right with a hard-fought 79-72 victory over the homestanding WVU Tech Golden Bears in a non-conference match-up Sunday afternoon.

The ‘Cats, playing for the first time in three weeks, had to shake the rust off and overcome a four-point halftime deficit, and they did so, winning their third game in a row.

Wesleyan went down by a 9-4 margin after two minutes of action but they scored 11 unanswered capped by a jumper by Clay Todd that gave the ‘Cats a 15-9 lead with five minutes gone in the game.

A basket by Anthony Garcia kept the ‘Cats ahead by six, at 21-15, but WVU Tech scored six straight to even the contest at 21-21 with 7:30 left in the half.

With the game tied at 25-25, WVU Tech went on an 8-0 run for a 33-25 lead with 3:26 remaining.

Wesleyan closed the half on a 9-5 run to close the gap at the break to four, at 38-34.

WVU Tech upped their lead to seven, four minutes in at 45-38 and still led by six as the two teams traded baskets over the next five minutes, at 59-53.

A three-pointer by Andreas Jonsson put the Golden Bears up by nine, at 66-57, with eight minutes remaining.

Marcus Larson uncorked a three-pointer, Dusan Vicentic made a free throw and Daylin Lee popped in a jumper for a 6-0 Wesleyan run cutting the deficit to three, at 66-63, with 5:37 left in the game.

With WVU Tech still leading by three, at 70-67, Vicentic made a short jumper and Luka Petrovic scored from out top to give Wesleyan a 71-70 lead with 1:58 remaining.

Wesleyan never relinquished the lead the rest of the way putting the contest away at the free throw line.

The Bobcats shot 49.2 percent from the floor hitting on 29 of their 59 attempts.

Vicentic scored a team-high 21 points while Petrovic added 19 points.

Vicentic also had a team-high nine rebounds.

Wesleyan held a huge 43-23 rebounding margin.

Jonsson scored a game-high 24 points while Darrin Martin added 12 for WVU Tech.

WVU Tech dropped to 8-6 on the season.

Wesleyan improved to 5-7 overall.

They will return to action Wednesday when they visit the University of Charleston for a Mountain East Conference clash at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                           34  45 – 79

WVU Tech                                                                                 38  34 – 72

West Virginia Wesleyan 79

Dusan Vicentic 8-14 3-6 21; Luka Petrovic 5-10 9-9 19; Daylin Lee 2-6 4-8 9; Anthony Garcia 3-7 1-2 7; Clay Todd 3-6 0-0 6; Ross Young 3-5 0-1 6; Marcus Larsson 2-4 0-0 5; Cameron Ramage 2-4 0-0 4; Braeden McGrew 1-3 0-0 2; Tommie Pope 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-59 17-26 79.

WVU Tech 72

Andreas Jonsson 8-13 2-2 24; Junior Arrey 4-12 0-1 10; Darrin Martin 5-8 2-4 12; Kevin Thomas-Griffin 3-5 3-5 11; Dominik King 2-8 0-0 6; Andrew Work 0-0 4-4 4; Juvante Hayes 1-4 0-0 3; Brent Daniels 1-2 0-0 2; Justin Phillips 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 11-16 72.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 2-4; Daylin Lee 1-2; Larsson 1-3; Garcia 0-1; McGrew 0-1; Todd 0-1; Ramage 0-2; Petrovic 0-2. Totals 4-16; WVU Tech: Jonsson 6-12; Thomas-Griffin 2-4; Arrey 2-6; King 2-6; Hayes 1-4; Daniels 0-1; Martin 0-1. Totals 13-33.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 9; Pope 6; Todd 6; Petrovic 5; Lee 5; Young 4; Ramage 4; team 2; McGrew 2. Totals 43; WVU Tech: team 6 Arrey 4; King 3; Thomas-Griffin 3; Work 3; Jonsson 2; Martin 2. Totals 23.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 5 Lee 3; Larsson 3; Vicentic 2; Pope 2; Todd 1; Garcia 1; McGrew 1. Totals 18; WVU Tech: Arrey 7; Jonsson 2; King 2; Hayes 2; Work 2; Daniels 1; Martin 1; Thomas-Griffin 1. Totals 18.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 2; Todd 2; Garcia 1; Larsson 1. Totals 6; WVU Tech: Arrey 3; Jonsson 1; King 1. Totals 5.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; WVU Tech: King 1; Thomas-Griffin 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 10; WVU Tech: 10.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; WVU Tech: 24.

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