‘Cats split road games with Urbana and Notre Dame

Luka Petrovic (23) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats scored a combined 28 points in a pair of Mountain East Conference games last week as the ‘Cats split games with Urbana and Notre Dame College. Wesleyan will return to action Thursday at Charleston.

Wesleyan fails to go to the free-throw line in loss to Notre Dame

SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – Head coach Jack Meriwether and his West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats put themselves in the record book Saturday for a statistic they really aren’t happy about.

In a 71-63 road setback to Notre Dame in Mountain East Conference action Saturday afternoon, the Bobcats didn’t go to the free-throw line one time. That’s correct. The stat line under free throws says 0-0 for the ‘Cats as Notre Dame committed just seven fouls in 40 minutes of action.

According to the website, Sports Reference, that feet has been accomplished just 19 times in the last 10 years they have been keeping records on that sort of thing.

The last time it happened in a Division I game was on Feb. 13 of last year when Evansville didn’t go to the line in a 47-41 loss to Northern Iowa.

Meriwether stayed mum on the subject preferring to keep his thoughts to himself following the game.

With Wesleyan leading Notre Dame by an 11-10 score, Dusan Vicentic scored in the paint and Fred Brondsted unleashed a 3-pointer and Clay Todd drilled a trey as Wesleyan took a 19-10 lead.

Wesleyan extended their lead to 11, at 28-17, at the 5:13 mark of the first half on a trey by Jalen Melvin.

Notre Dame whittled the lead down to five at the break, at 32-27.

Wesleyan started the second half on an 8-2 run as a Todd lay-up gave Wesleyan a 40-29 advantage.

A Luka Petrovic 3-pointer kept Wesleyan ahead by eight, at 48-40 with 14:26 left but things started to go south for ‘Cats at this point.

With Wesleyan holding a 50-45 lead at the 12:33 mark, Notre Dame went on a 13-0 run for a 58-50 lead.

Todd interrupted the run with a 3-pointer and Petrovic made a lay-up to close the gap to three, at 58-55 with 6:43 left but Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer.

Notre Dame closed the game on a 15-6 run.

Petrovic and Todd led the team with 13 points apiece while Vicentic had 10.

Two days earlier, the ‘Cats went to Urbana and came away with a 76-69 victory Thursday evening.

Against Urbana, the ‘Cats came out on fire as Brondsted hit a 3-pointer,  Melvin knocked down a jumper and added two free throws as Wesleyan raced out to a 7-0 lead.

A lay-up by Vicentic kept Wesleyan ahead by five, at 20-15, with 8:42 left in the first half.

With the game tied at 25-25, Brondsted uncorked a trey to give Wesleyan a 28-25 advantage with 5:25 remaining in the half, but Urbana took over the final five minutes outscoring Wesleyan by a 12-5 margin to take a 37-33 lead at the break.

Urbana held the lead for just two minutes in the second half as Petrovic tied the game at 39-39 with a trey and then scored a lay-up in the paint and Vicentic launched in a 3-pointer as Wesleyan took a 44-39 lead with 17:33 left in the contest.

Over the next six minutes, Urbana deadlocked the game at 52-52 but Vicentic dialed up a jumper and Todd fired in a trey as Wesleyan grabbed a 57-52 lead with 8:50 remaining.

The closest Urbana could get in the final eight minutes was three points, but Wesleyan eventually built their lead up to 13 on a Daylin Lee lay-up with 2:38 left at 71-58.

Urbana outscored Wesleyan in the final two minutes by an 11-8 score.

Brondsted and Petrovic each scored 15 points to lead Wesleyan while Vicentic scored 14 and Todd 12.

The split left Meriwether’s team with a 6-8 overall record and a 3-5 MEC mark.

“I thought we played two strong halves of basketball in these two games,” Meriwether stated. “The second half against Urbana and the first half against Notre Dame. I think it showed what we already know about our team. That when we play our system and stay true to it, we are a really, really good basketball team. And when we lose our discipline even a little bit, we aren’t very good.”

The Bobcats will be back in action and finish up a three-game road trip Thursday when they visit the University of Charleston for a 7:30 p.m. league battle.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan   33  46 – 79

Urbana                             37  32 – 69

West Virginia Wesleyan 79

Fred Brondsted 5-7 1-2 15, Luka Petrovic 5-11 4-5 15, Clay Todd 2-8 7-9 12, Jalen Melvin 1-4 2-2 4, Adam Horton 0-1 3-3 3, Dusan Vicentic 6-10 0-0 14, Daylin Lee 4-6 0-1 9, Edward Flohr 2-4 0-0 4, Braden McGrew 1-1 0-0 3, Marcus Larsson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 17-22 79.

Urbana 69

Ethan Snapp 6-9 1-3 18, Malik Jacobs 6-18 1-2 14, Datrey Long 4-9 3-4 13, Matt Treacy 3-8 1-1 8, Zach Bates 2-5 0-0 4, Mike Ryan 4-6 0-0 9, Anthony Freeman 1-2 0-0 3, Hadley LeVan 0-2 0-0 0, Caleb Samson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 6-10 69.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Brondsted 4-6, Vicentic 2-3, Todd 1-4, Petrovic 1-2, Lee 1-2, McGrew 1-1, Melvin 0-1, Flohr 0-1. Totals 10-20. Urbana Snapp 5-7, Long 2-5, Jacobs 1-4, Treacy 1-4, Ryan 1-2, Freeman 1-2. Totals 11-26.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 8, Brondsted 5, Melvin 4, Lee 4, Todd 3, Petrovic 2, Horton 2, Flohr 1, team 3. Totals 32; Urbana: Jacobs 10, Long 8, Snapp 3, Treacy 3, Bates 3, Ryan 2, LeVan 2. Totals 31.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 3, Todd 3, Brondsted 2, Horton 2, Lee 2, Flohr 1, McGrew 1. Totals 14. Urbana: Jacobs 3, Long 3, Ryan 2, Treacy 1, Bates 1, Freeman 1, LeVan 1. Totals 12.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 2, Melvin 2, Brondsted 1, Vicentic 1, Totals 6; Urbana: LeVan 3, Jacobs 2, Ryan 2, Snapp 1, Long 1, Bates 1. Totals 10.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 3, Petrovic 2. Totals 5; Urbana: Bates 1, Long 1. Totals 2.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 14; Urbana: 18.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 12; Urbana: 13.

West Virginia Wesleyan  32  29 – 61

Notre Dame                        27  46 – 73

West Virginia Wesleyan 61

Petrovic 5-12 0-0 13, Todd 5-8 0-0 13, Vicentic 4-9 0-0 10, Horton 3-4 0-0 8, Bronsted 2-12 0-0 6, Flohr 2-2 0-0 6, Melvin 1-2 0-0 3, Lee 1-9 0-0 2, Larsson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 0-0 61.

Notre Dame College 73

Will Vorhees 10-16 2-2 22, Larenz Thurman 3-8 2-2 11, Isiah Sanders 3-5 5-6 11, Halill Parks 2-6 2-2 7, Bruce Hodges 2-6 2-2 6, Drew Scarberry 4-8 3-5 15, Harnish Warden 0-0 1-2 1, Kameron Harris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-49 17-21 73.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 3-6, Todd 3-6, Florh 2-2, Horton 2-3, Vicentic 2-5, Brondsted 2-10, Melvin 1-2, Lee 0-5. Totals 15-39; Notre Dame: Scarberry 4-8 Thurman 3-6, Hodges 0-2, Vorhes 0-1, Sanders 0-1, Hodges 0-2. Totals 8-21.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 5, Vicentic 4, Lee 3, Horton 1, Brondsted 1, team 4. Totals 18; Notre Dame: Vorhees 11, Hodges 7, Parks 6, Thurman 5, Scarberry 5, Sanders 3, Warden 3, team 3. Totals 43.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 8, Todd 3, Vicentic 1, Brondsted 1, Lee 1. Totals 14; Notre Dame: Thurman 4, Hodges 3, Parks 2, Sanders 1.Totals 10.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan:

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 6, Vicentic 2, Lee 1. Totals 9; Notre Dame: Hodges 2, Sanders 1. Totals 3

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 13; Notre Dame: 7.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 8; Notre Dame 15.


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