‘Cats’ run in the MEC Tournament ends at the hands of Charleston

Daylin Lee

Wesleyan downs Urbana in tourney opener, 68-54

WHEELING – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat basketball team saw their run in the MEC Tournament come to an end Friday afternoon with a 71-59 loss to the University of Charleston Golden Eagles in the quarterfinals at the Wesbanco Arena.

Two days earlier, the seventh-seeded Bobcats defeated Urbana by a 68-54 score in the opening round of the tournament.

In Friday’s game with Charleston, Wesleyan kept it close early but Charleston eventually pulled away for the 12-point win.

“We battled, there is no doubt about that,” remarked West Virginia Wesleyan head coach Nick Patella. “They are a good team. They have eight to 10 guys that can came in and play.”

The Charleston contest featured eight lead changes.

Wesleyan’s first lead came at the 13:18 mark when Luka Petrovic scored on a fast break lay-up to treat the ‘Cats to an 8-7 lead.

The two teams bounced the lead back and forth over the next 10 minutes with the game being  deadlocked at 22-22 with 2:26 remaining in the half.

Charleston had the first run of the game with a 10-0 spree over the next two minutes taking a 32-22 lead with 44 seconds left in the half.

Petrovic uncorked a three-pointer to end the run and the half making it a 32-25 contest at the half.

Devon Robinson started the second half for Charleston with a jumper to extend the lead to nine, but Clay Todd put in a jumper in the paint and Petrovic scored on a lay-up knocking the Golden Eagle lead down to five, at 34-29, with 90 seconds gone.

Charleston took control of the next six minutes of the game with a 13-4 run opening up a 14-point lead, at 47-33.

Wesleyan was still down by 12, at 58-46, when they went on a 6-0 run behind an old-fashioned three-point play by Vicentic and a traditional three-pointer from Daylin Lee that cut the lead to six, at 58-52, with 6:11 remaining in the game.

A 6-2 run by Charleston left Wesleyan down by 10, at 64-54, with 2:07 remaining.

Petrovic unleashed a trey for Wesleyan cutting it to a seven-point game, at 64-57, with 1:42 remaining, but Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer in the final 90 seconds.

“Hats off to our guys for never giving up and giving it our best effort,” remarked Patella.

Petrovic and Lee each had 18 points for Wesleyan while Jaylin Reed came off the bench to score 10.

In Wednesday’s game with Urbana, it was close at the half as Wesleyan led by one at 29-28, but Wesleyan pulled away in the second half for the 14-point win.

“The first half wasn’t sloppy by any means, but it was sort of a feeling out process,” stated Patella. “The first half, our defense was great and we stayed patient and didn’t force things, but in the second half we executed better and started to move the pace which led to better shots. It was a good team effort.”

A pair of three-pointers from Reed and Petrovic gave Wesleyan a quick 6-0 lead and they held that advantage until Urbana’s Shaunn Monroe hit a three-pointer giving the Blue Knights a 12-10 lead with 10:36 left in the half.

Urbana still held a three-point lead, at 22-19, but Lee went inside for a lay-up and then hit a three-pointer and Todd downed a free throw as Wesleyan took a 25-22 advantage with 3:04 remaining in the half.

Wesleyan took a 29-28 lead into the half.

With Wesleyan leading 33-30 two minutes into the second half, they started to pull away as they put together a 10-run that was capped off by a Vicentic lay-up as that opened up a 43-30 lead.

A jumper by Urbana’s Tehree Horn kept the Blue Knights down by nine, at 52-43, but Wesleyan really put the game away with a 13-1 run taking a 21-point lead, at 65-44, with five minutes remaining.

Urbana closed the game with a 10-3 run but never threatened Wesleyan during the final five minutes.

Lee had a game-high 24 points while Vicentic had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Horn and Matt Ashley led Urbana with 10 points apiece.

Wesleyan ended their year with a 12-18 record.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  29  39 – 68

Urbana                               28  26 – 54

West Virginia Wesleyan 68

Daylin Lee 9-13 4-7 24; Dusan Vicentic 7-12 0-0 15; Jaylin Reed 4-8 0-0 9; Luka Petrovic 3-9 0-0 7; Clay Todd 2-5 1-2 6; Braeden McGrew 1-4 0-0 3; Tommie Pope 1-1 0-0 2; Marcus Larsson 0-0 2-2 2; Anthony Garcia 0-0 0-0 0; Cameron Ramage 0-1 0-0 0; Marvel McGowan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-53 7-11 68.

Urbana 54

Tehree Horn 4-12 2-2 10; Matt Ashley 4-6 1-2 10; Shaunn Monroe 3-12 1-2 9; Kyle McNeal 3-7 0-0 7; Mike Ryan 3-4 0-0 6; Tayler McNeal 1-5 0-0 3; Brandon Michrina 1-4 0-0 3; Mario Lacy 1-5 0-1 2; Drew Thomas 0-0 2-2 2; Caiden Smith 1-1 0-0 2; Darius Barksdale 0-4 0-0 0; Tyler Kegley 0-1 0-0 0; Anthony Freeman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-63 6-9 54.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2-4; Reed 1-1; Todd 1-2; Vicentic 1-2; McGrew 1-3; Petrovic 1-5. Totals 7-17; Urbana: Monroe 2-7; Kegley 1-1; Ashley 1-2; McNeal 1-3; Michrina 1-3; Barksdale 0-1; Freeman 0-2; Horn 0-4. Totals 6-23.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 11; Lee 6; Todd 6; Petrovic 3; Pope 2; Reed 2; Garcia 1; Ramage 1; team 1. Totals 33; Urbana: Kegley 8; Horn 5; Lacy 5; Ryan 4; Monroe 4; Ashley 3; team 3; McNeal 2; Kegley 2; Michrina 1; Barksdale 1. Totals 38.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 6; Todd 5; Pope 2; McGrew 2; Reed 1; Garcia 1. Totals 17; Urbana: Horn 4; Monroe 1; McNeal 1; Ryan 1. Totals 7.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2; Lee 1; Petrovic 1; Pope 1; Reed 1. Totals 6; Urbana: Monroe 3; Barksdale 2; McNeal 1; Lacy 1. Totals 7.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 1. Totals 1; Urbana: Kegley 1; McNeal 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 11; Urbana: 12.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 11; Urbana: 13.

West Virginia Wesleyan  25  34 – 59

Charleston                        32  39 – 71

West Virginia Wesleyan 59

Luka Petrovic 8-20 0-1 18; Daylin Lee 6-10 4-7 18; Jaylin Lee 4-9 0-0 10; Dusan Vicentic 2-10 3-3 7; Clay Todd 3-8 0-0 6; Tommie Pope 0-1 0-0 0; Marcus Larsson 0-1 0-0 0; Bradedn McGrew 0-1 0-0 0; Ross Young 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-61 7-11 59.

Charleston 71

Devon Robinson 8-12 7-11 24; Seth O’Neal 5-8 4-4 15; Lamont McManus 5-11 2-3 12; Keith Williams 3-8 1-4 9; Drew Rackley 3-8 0-0 8; Eddie Colbert 1-4 0-0 2; Riley Heatherington 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 25-52 15-24 71.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2-3; Reed 2-5; Petrovic 2-8; Pope 0-1; Larsson 0-1; McGrew 0-1; Todd 0-4. Totals 6-25; Charleston: Williams 2-3; Rackley 2-4; Robinson 1-2; O’Neal 1-4; Heatherington 0-1; McManus 0-1; Colbert 0-2. Totals 6-17.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 11; Lee 5; Todd 4; Reed 4; team 4; Petrovic 2; Larsson 1; Young 1. Totals 32; Charleston: Robinson 12; team 7; Colbert 6; O’Neal 5; Williams 5; McManus 4; Rackley 4; Heatherington 1. Totals 44.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 4; Todd 3. Totals 7; Charleston: O’Neal 7; McManus 2; Williams 2; Robinson 1; Rackley 1. Totals 13.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 4; Todd 3; Lee 1; Pope 1. Totals 9; Charleston: O’Neal 2; Colbert 2; Williams 1; Rackley 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; Charleston: McManus 1; Colbert 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 7; Charleston: 11.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 20; Charleston: 12.

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