BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team (1-6, 0-3 MEC) came up short against West Liberty (6-1, 3-0 MEC) inside the Rockefeller Center Wednesday, losing by a 120-72 final.
Jayden Hibbett led all scorers, netting 29 points while also dishing out four assists and ripping down five rebounds. Braeden McGrew had a game-high six assists, contributing nine points and going 4 of 8 from the field on the night.
However, their individual performances fell short as the Bobcats couldn’t seem to find an answer for WLU’s balanced attack. The Hilltoppers finished the night with six players scoring in double figures, with Garrett Denbow leading WLU with 16 points. Victor Kovacevic tallied 14 points and seven rebounds while shooting a perfect 6 for 6 from the charity stripe. Pat Robinson, Ben Sarson, Luke Powell, and Elijah Watson all scored 10 points or more.
The Hilltoppers started off the game playing intense defense, forcing 16 Bobcat turnovers and turning them into 32 points in the first half. The Bobcats turned the tide in the second half, significantly cutting down their turnover numbers, but it proved to be too little, too late as the Hilltoppers cruised to victory in Buckhannon.
Despite their struggles early in the season, there have been several bright spots that should give the Bobcats optimism as the season unfolds. The WVWC men’s basketball team will next take the floor when they travel to Wheeling for a date with their conference rival, the Wheeling University Cardinals.