‘Cats shoot well in 75-66 victory over Shepherd

Adam Horton (12) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats, clears the lane of Shepherd’s Winston Burgess (34) during the first-half of their Mountain East Conference contest Wednesday night. Horton scored three points to help the ‘Cats to a 75-66 win over Shepherd. The win ended a three-game losing streak for West Virginia Wesleyan.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats rode a red-hot shooting night to a 75-66 victory over the visiting Shepherd Rams here Wednesday night in a Mountain East Conference clash.

The Bobcats shot 54 percent from the floor (27-for-50) and shot 100 percent at the line (9-for-9).

The win ended a three-game slide for head coach Jack Meriwether and his Bobcats as they improved to 7-10 overall and 4-7 in the MEC.

Shepherd dropped to 10-7 overall and 6-5 in the MEC.

“I am really proud of our performance against Shepherd,” remarked Meriwether. “I have a tremendous amount of respect of Shepherd head coach Justin Namolik and the way his teams are prepared on both ends of the court and to be able to have success at both ends like we did tonight was no small task.”

The Rams raced out to a 7-0 lead but Adam Horton and Dusan Vicentic drained a pair of treys to bring Wesleyan to within one, at 7-6, with 3:16 gone in the game.

Wesleyan took their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Fred Brondsted, at 14-13, with 14:23 remaining in the half.

The two teams would bounce the lead back and fourth for the next 10 minutes with the contest tied at 29-29.

A lay-up by Edward Flohr gave Wesleyan a 31-29 advantage, and after a Shepherd free throw, Daylin Lee slammed one down to treat the ‘Cats to a 33-30 lead.

Brondsted upped the lead to five, at 35-30, with 2:26 left in the half but Shepherd closed it to a 37-34 score at the break.

With Wesleyan down one, at 38-37, Clay Todd went inside for a pair of lay-ups and Brondsted scored on a short jumper to give the Bobcats a 43-38 lead with 16:48 left in the game.

Shepherd went on a 13-4 run to take a 51-47 advantage with 12:12 left in the game but Lee uncorked a 3-pointer then made three free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt, Brondsted knocked down consecutive treys to put Wesleyan up by eight, at 59-51, with 10:15 left in the contest.

Following a trey by Shepherd’s Jon Preston, Wesleyan kept the offense coming as Luka Petrovic scored in the paint on two straight trips and Braeden McGrew nailed a jumper to push the Bobcat lead to 11, at 65-54, with 6:53 remaining.

A 3-pointer by Vicentic at the 4:32 mark extended Wesleyan’s lead to 16, at 73-57.

Shepherd scored nine straight to close it to 73-66 with 90 seconds remaining, but couldn’t get any closer as Wesleyan held on for a 75-66 win.

“I felt like we were really locked in to how we wanted to play and after struggling early with what was a great game for our zone by Shepherd our guys did a fantastic job of adjusting on the fly and put the clamps down defensively,” Meriwether stated.

Brondsted led the Wesleyan offense with 18 points while Vicentic tallied 14 and Todd and Lee with 13 each.

Vicentic just missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds.

The Bobcats committed just four fouls in the contest.

Thomas Lang led the Rams with 22 points while Winston Burgess had 13 and Kyle Daggett 12.

“Dusan was excellent tonight,” Meriwether said. “Winston Burgess is one of the best post players in the league and we wanted to make him guard away from the rim as much as possible and try our best to stay matched to him in our zone. That put a serious load on Dusan and Melvin who gave us great minutes.”

The Bobcats will be back in action Saturday when they host Glenville State for a 4 p.m. MEC outing.

The boxscore:

Shepherd                           34  32 – 66

West Virginia Wesleyan  37  38 – 75

Shepherd 66

Thomas Lang 8-19 0-0 22, Winston Burgess 6-10 1-2 13, Kyle Daggett 6-7 0-0 12, Derek McKnight 2-7 0-0 4, Maliq Sanders 1-3 0-0 2, Jon Preston 2-10 0-0 5, Cam Stephens 2-2 0-0 5, Jarrell Jones 1-5 0-0 2, Emmanual Aghayere 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 28-64 2-4 66.

West Virginia Wesleyan 75

Fred Brondsted 7-9 0-0 18, Dusan Vicentic 5-9 0-0 14, Clay Todd 5-8 2-2 13, Luka Petrovic 3-9 2-2 8, Adam Horton 1-3 1-2 3, Daylin Lee 4-6 3-3 13, Edward Flohr 1-1 2-2 4, Braden McGrew 1-2 0-0 2, Jalen Melvin 0-2 0-0 0, Marcus Larsson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-50-9-9 75

Three-point field goals – Shepherd: Lang 6-16, Stephens 1-1, Preston 1-7, Daggett 0-1, Sanders 0-1, Jones 0-2, McKnight 0-3. Totals 8-31; West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 4-6, 

Vicentic 4-8, Lee 2-4, Todd 1-3, Horton 1-2, McGrew 0-1, Melvin 0-1, Larsson 0-1, Petorvic 0-6. Totals 12-32.

Rebounds – Shepherd: Daggett 11, Preston 8, Burgess 6, Stephens 3, Jones 3, Lang 1, McKnight 1, Aghayere 1. Totals 35; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 9, Horton 3, Lee 3, Todd 2, Petrovic 2,Flohr 2, Brondsted 1, team 2. Totals 24.

Assists – Shepherd: McKnight 3, Sanders 3, Daggett 2, Preston 2, Stephens 2, Lang 1, Burgess 1, Jones 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 6, Petrovic 6, Brondsted 3, Vicentic 3, Melvin 2, McGrew 2, Flohr 1. Totals 23.

Steals – Shepherd: Lang 4, Preston 2, Jones 2, Burgess 1, McKnight 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 3, Todd 1, Horton 1, Flohr 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – Shepherd: None; West Virginia Wesleyan: None.

Personal fouls – Shepherd: 9; West Virginia Wesleyan: 4.

Turnovers – Shepherd: 10: West Virginia Wesleyan: 10.


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