Seniors shine for ‘Cats on “Senior Night” in win over Glenville State

Luka Petorovic (10) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats just missed out on a triple-double when they faced the Glenville State Pioneers in a Mountain East Conference contest Wednesday night at Rockefeller Center. Petrovic scored 24 points and had nine rebounds and nine assists as the Bobcats downed Glenville State by a 90-70 score

BUCKHANNON – It was only fitting on “Senior Night” that it was the seniors that stepped up big for West Virginia Wesleyan in their 90-70 victory over Glenville State in a Mountain East Conference victory Wednesday night at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan’s four seniors – Duscan Vicentic, Luka Petrovic, Marcus Larrson and Clay Todd combined for 65 of the nine points.

Vicentic had a game-high 27 points while Petrovic added 24 and Larsson 14.

Petrovic just missed out on a triple-double as he grabbed nine rebounds and dished out nine assists.

Todd didn’t score but added four assists and four rebounds in the victory.

Wesleyan was down early by a 6-4 score but went on a 14-0 run capped off a jumper in the paint by Vicentic to give Wesleyan a 20-6 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the half.

Glenville State responded with a 19-7 run over the next 10 minutes to cut the Wesleyan lead to 27-25 at the 7:06 mark.

Wesleyan pushed their lead back to nine following a lay-up but Vicentic with 3:17 remaining in the half and settled a for a seven-point lead at the break, at 41-34.

Wesleyan never let Glenville State grab the lead during the second half.

With the Bobcats still leading by six, at 47-41, Vicentic scored on a lay-up, Larsson knocked down a three-pointer, Petrovic scored in the paint and added a free throw for an 8-0 run upping their lead back to 14, at 55-41, with 15:20 left in the contest.

Glenville State scored five straight to narrow the lead down to nine, at 55-49, but Daylin Lee made three free throws after being fouled on his three-point attempt to put the lead back to 12, at 58-46.

Glenville State went on a 15-8 run to close the Wesleyan advantage to just five points, at 66-61, with 7:36 remaining in the game.

Wesleyan was up by 10, at 76-66, when Petrovic uncorked a three-pointer and later added a foul shot to give Wesleyan a 14-point lead, at 80-66 with two minutes remaining.

Wesleyan closed the game out on a 10-4 run.

Wesleyan shot 50 percent for the game making 35 of their 70 field goa attempts.

Daylin Lee also reached double digits for the ‘Cats with 11 points.

Phil Bledsoe led Glenville State with 22 points while Steven Verplancken and Hegel Augustin each had 16 points.

Glenville State dropped to 13-12 overall and 10-9in the MEC.

Wesleyan improved to 10-15 overall and 9-10 in the MEC.

Wesleyan remained in seventh place in the MEC standings, now just one game out sixth place behind the Pioneers.

West Virginia Wesleyan will return to the court today when they visit Athens for a 4 p.m. conference outing with the Concord Mt. Lions.

Concord will enter the game with a 9-16 record overall.

The boxscore:

Glenville State                   34  36 – 70

West Virginia Wesleyan  41  49 – 90

Glenville State 70

Phil Bledsoe 10-20 0-0 22; Steven Verplancken 7-16 0-0 16; Hegel Augustin 4-16 4-5 16; Seth Fallon 3-7 0-0 8; Najee Scott 2-9 0-0 5; Noah Frampton 1-6 0-0 3; Ty Robinson 0-1 0-0 0; Jaeger Martino 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-76 4-5 70.

West Virginia Wesleyan 90

Dusan Vicentic 12-22 2-2 27; Luka Petrovic 9-19 2-3 24; Marcus Larsson 4-7 2-2 14; Daylin Lee 4-7 3-3 11; Ross Young 3-6 0-0 6; Braeden McGrew 1-1 0-0 3; Tommie Pope 1-3 0-0 2; Anthony Garcia 1-1 0-0 2; Jaylin Reed 0-0 1-2 1; Clay Todd 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 35-70 10-12 90.

Three-point field goals – Glenville State: Augustin 4-12; Fallon 2-6; Verplancken 2-7; Bledsoe 2-8; Frampton 1-4; Scott 1-4. Totals 12-41; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 4-9; Larsson 4-6; Vicentic 1-5; McGrew 1-1; Pope 0-1; Lee 0-1; Todd 0-3. Totals 10-26.

Rebounds – Glenville State: Phil Bledsoe 9; Augustin 7; Scott 6; Verplancken 4; Frampton 3; Fallon 3. Totals 32; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 8; Petrovic 9; Pope 6; Todd 4; Larsson 3; Lee 3; Young 3; McGrew 1; Reed 1. Totals 39.

Assists – Glenville State: Augustin 5; Verplancken 4; Bledsoe 1; Frampton 1; Scott 1. Totals 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 9; Todd 4; Pope 3; Vicentic 2; Larsson 2; Lee 2. Totals 22.

Steals – Glenville State: Verplancken 2; Augustin 2; Fallon 2; Scott 2; Bledsoe 1; Frampton 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 6; Vicentic 1; Pope 1; Todd 1. Totals 9.

Blocked shots – Glenville State: Augustin 4; Robinson 1. Totals 5; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 1; Larsson 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – Glenville State: 16; West Virginia Wesleyan: 16

Personal fouls – Glenville State: 15; West Virginia Wesleyan: 13.

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