Second-half rally fall short for ‘Cats in 81-77 setback to Frostburg State

Jaylin Reed

FROSTBURG (Md.) – A second-half rally came up just short for West Virginia Wesleyan head coach Nick Patella and his Bobcats against the Frostburg State Bobcats Sunday evening in a Mountain East Conference contest in an 81-77 setback.

Patella’s squad was down by 15 with 13 minutes remaining, at 59-44.

Still down by 13 at the 10:48 mark, the Bobcats went on an 8-0 run to cut the gap to five.

During the run, Daylin Lee made a jumper, Jaret Mullooly downed a three-pointer and Jaylin Reed nailed another trey to make it a 63-58 game.

Frostburg State pushed their lead back out to nine with a 4-0 run, but Cameron Ramage and Lee hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it a 67-64 contest with 6:33 remaining.

A free throw by Frostburg State made it 68-64, but Reed turned in an old-fashioned three point play and came back with a lay-up to treat Wesleyan to a 69-68 advantage with 5:54 left in the game.

Wesleyan couldn’t maintain the lead though as Jihar Williams made a three-pointer for Frostburg State, returning the lead back, at 71-69.

Another three by Williams gave Frostburg State a seven-point lead, at 76-60, with 4:13 remaining.

A 5-0 jaunt by Wesleyan closed the margin to just two, at 76-74, with 2:42 left in the game.

A three-pointer by Ramage brought Wesleyan to within one, at 78-77 with 1:42 left but Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer as that was their last score of the game.

A lay-up by Jaylon Johnson treated Frostburg to an 80-77 lead with a minute remaining and Agyei Edwards closed out the scoring for Frostburg State with a free throw.

“We played very hard and we had our chances to capitalize,” remarked Patella. “We will keep working hard and preparing for the next opportunity.”

In the first half, Wesleyan raced out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, but Frostburg State responded with a 7-0 run for a 7-6 lead.

Frostburg State’s biggest lead of the first half would be at the 9:17 mark, at 22-16.

The two teams bounced the lead back and forth the rest of the opening half with Frostburg State holding a 42-38 lead at the intermission.

Ross Young had a double-double for the Bobcats scoring 13 points and hauling down 10 rebounds.

Reed led the ‘Cats in scoring with 22 points while Lee just missed out on a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Wesleyan shot 41.7 percent for the game, making good on 30 of their 72 field goal attempts.

Edwards led all scorers for Frostburg State with a 27-point effort while Canaan Bartley tacked on 16.

Frostburg State improved to 1-1 on the season while Wesleyan dropped to 0-2.

The Bobcats will return to action Wednesday traveling to Athens for a 7:30 p.m. conference clash with Concord.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  38  39 – 77

Frostburg State                  42  39 – 81

West Virginia Wesleyan 77

Jaylin Reed 8-15 3-3 22; Daylin Lee 5-13 1-2 14; Ross Young 6-10 1-4 13; Jaret Mullooly 3-7 0-0 8; Cameron Ramage 3-9 0-0 8; Tommie Pope 2-4 2-2 6; Jayden Hibbitt 2-6 0-0 4; Braeden McGrew 1-3 0-0 2; Marvel McGowan 0-4 0-0 0; Zach Seese 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-72 7-11 77.

Frostburg State 81

Agyei Edwards 9-21 6-8 27; Canaan Bartley 7-14 1-3 16; Jihar Williams 5-8 0-0 14; Bo Schene 2-3 2-3 6; Desmond Rene 2-4 1-2 5; Jaylon Johnson 2-7 0-1 4; Joe Adedayo 13- 2-2 4; Juston Bailey 1-2 0-0; Kenneth Davis 0-2 2-2 2; Marcellus Carroll 0-1 0-0 0; Sean Brown Jr. 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-67 14-21 81.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Reed 3-8; Lee 3-9; Ramage 2-4; Mullooly 2-5; Pope 0-1; Hibbitt 0-1; McGrew 0-2; McGowan 0-3. Totals 10-33; Frostburg State: Williams 4-7; Edwards 3-9; Bailey 1-2; Bartley 1-6; Schene 0-1; Johnson 0-1; Rene 0-1; Adedayo 0-1; Davis 0-2; Brown Jr. 0-2. Totals 9-32.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Young 10; Lee 9; team 8; Pope 7; Reed 5; Ramage 3; Hibbitt 3; Seese 3; Mullooly 2 McGrew 2; McGowan 1. Totals 53; Frostburg State: Bartley 8; Adedayo 6; Schene 5; Johnson 5; Edwards 4; team 2; Davis 2; Rene 1; Carroll 1. Totals 34.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Pope 8; Ramage 2; Reed 1; Lee 1; Young 1; Mullooly 1; McGrew 1; McGowan 1; Seese 1. Totals 17; Frostburg State: Johnson 4; Edwards 3; Schene 2; Rene 1; Adedayo 1. Totals 11.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Reed 1; McGowan. Totals 2; Frostburg State: Edwards 3; Bartley 1; Johnson 1; Williams 1; Adedayo 1. Totals 7.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Young 3. Totals 3; Frostburg State: Edwards 1; Adedayo 1; Davis 1; Carroll 1. Totals 4.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; Frostburg State: 7.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; Frostburg State: 16.

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