Hibbitt’s game-winner lifts Bobcats over Pioneers

Jayden Hibbitt. PHOTO COURTESY OF WVWC ATHETICS

BUCKHANNON — Jayden Hibbitt’s driving layup with the clock winding down pushed the West Virginia Wesleyan (2-14, 1-9) Bobcats past the Glenville State (6-7, 3-6) Pioneers 97-96 inside the Rockefeller Center on Saturday (Jan. 15). 

Leaders for WVWC

Hibbitt had a game-high 26 points for the ‘Cats, playing all 45 minutes of the contest. Braeden McGrew claimed his first double-double of the season, dishing out 11 assists to go with 18 points. Anthony Craven Jr., Tommie Pope, and Tyler Slone all eclipsed double-digit points.

Leaders for Glenville State

John Williams led the Pioneers in scoring 24 points on nine made field goals. Williams hauled in 13 rebounds to claim a double-double. Adrian Scarborough had a game-high 15 rebounds to go with 20 points and a double-double of his own. 

Inside the First Half

WVWC opened the game on a 7-0 scoring run, with Hibbitt scoring five of the first seven points. The ‘Cats had their biggest lead of the half with 14:53 remaining after Pope picked the pocket of Luke Lerose and dished it off to McGrew to put Wesleyan up 17-9. 

 The Pioneers went on a 7-2 run over the next minute and a half. McGrew ended the GSC run by hitting his first triple of the evening. The first half saw the lead equalize eight times. The visiting team took a 50-47 lead into the locker room. 

Inside the Second Half

WVWC opened the half with back-to-back baskets in the first 45 seconds to take a one-point lead. Glenville State had a six-point lead three separate times in the half. However, the ‘Cats used timely defense and clutch shooting to retake the lead with 8:05 left. After the Bobcats’ defense forced a Pioneer turnover, McGrew drilled a straight-on three to put WVWC on top by one. Wesleyan held the lead for the next 7:23 before Williams hit a deep triple to send the game to overtime. 

Inside Overtime

Craven Jr. and Hibbitt opened the overtime period with consecutive jump shots to build a Bobcat four-point lead. GSC would go on a 9-2 run to take a 96-93 lead with 1:51 remaining. WVWC would score the game’s final four points, concluding with Hibbitt’s game-winning layup with 2.1 seconds remaining. 

Up Next

The ‘Cats head to Maryland to take on Frostburg State on Wednesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.

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