Hot-shooting State eliminates Bobcats from MEC tourney

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Wesleyan was unable to overcome a hot-shooting performance from West Virginia State in dropping a 110-76 decision Wednesday night in first-round action of the Mountain East Conference Tournament being held at the Civic Center.

The Yellow Jackets (13-15) set tournament records for points (110), steals (16), field goals made (42), field-goal percentage (64.6) and margin of victory (34) in the victory.

Luka Petrovic had 16 points to lead the Bobcats, who finished the season 7-22 overall. Kam Cooper added 13 and Aaron Ariri finished with 10.

Pat Johnson-Agwu helped lead the hot start for the Yellow Jackets with 22 of his game-high 32 points coming in just the first half. Johnson-Agwu, a first team All-MEC selection, finished with 32 points and set a MEC Tournament record with 15 field goals made. He also pulled down six rebounds and had six steals.

State led 55-34 at the break after shooting 71 percent from the field (22-of-31). Jahlen Greene led the charge in the second half with four 3-pointers and 12 points as the Yellow Jackets continued to stretch their margin.

Roberty Fomby added 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting with six rebounds and four assists. Glen Abram added 12 points after connecting on all four his attempts from three-point range.

The Yellow Jackets will face top-seeded West Liberty at 6 p.m. today in quarterfinal action.

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