CHARLESTON —Braeden McGrew scored a game-high 24 points as the West Virginia Wesleyan (2-21, 1-16) men’s basketball team dropped a Mountain East Conference game at Charleston (18-5, 13-4) on Wednesday (Feb. 9) night at the Wehrle Innovation Center in Charleston, W.Va.
McGrew’s 24 points were the highest single-game point total in his four-year career at WVWC. Four Bobcats reached double-figure point totals. Joining McGrew was Isaac (Ike) Dove with 12 points, Anthony Craven Jr. with 11 points and Daunte Gardner with 10 points. McGrew added seven boards, four assists and two steals to his final stat line. Craven also pulled down seven rebounds.
Keith Williams led the Golden Eagles with 19 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field. Tyler Eberhart crashed the glass for eight rebounds and added two blocks. Jeremiah Keene dished out six assists. Shaunn Monroe forced four steals.
Pope opened the game with a steal and a score that put WVWC ahead early. UC responded with a six-point scoring run. McGrew’s layup with 16:44 to go put Wesleyan down two points. McGrew drilled a three-pointer that made the score 10-7 in favor of the home team at the first media timeout.
Charleston grew their lead to double-figures after a Shaunn Monroe layup. Dove scored six straight Bobcat points in a span of two minutes and trimmed the UC lead to nine. The Golden Eagles closed out the first half on a 13-0 run. Williams inked 15 first-half points that helped UC build a 46-23 lead at the break.
Craven scored Wesleyan’s six first points of the second half. All 11 of Craven’s points came in the second half of action. McGrew’s second three-point bucket of the night put his total up to 12 points with 11:53 to go. McGrew struck again with another three to give him 15 points with nine minutes remaining.
Wesleyan ignited a 9-0 run in less than two minutes, highlighted by scoring from Gardner, Dove and McGrew. UC answered with a six-point run to build a 29 point lead. McGrew scored four points in the final three minutes of action to end his career night. Charleston won their second game in a row by a score of 92-63.
As a team the Bobcats shot 46.6% from the field, 28.6% from beyond the arc, and 83.3% from the free throw line. The Bobcats turned the ball over 15 times, with the Golden Eagles ending the night with 12 steals.