Short-handed Bobcat cagers tumble to Charleston in MEC action, 81-62

Daylin Lee

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats had the tall task of making the trip to Charleston and squaring off against the Golden Eagles in a Mountain East Conference outing Saturday afternoon at the H. Bernard Wehrle Arena.

And the ‘Cats had to do it without leading scorer Jaylin Reed not seeing the court due to an injury and third leading scoring Ross Young being out the first half after picking up a pair of technical fouls in the previous game against West Virginia State.

As a result, the Bobcats had their lowest offensive output of the season managing just 62 points in an 81-62 setback.

Wesleyan still jumped into an early 9-5 lead  after two minutes of action behind a Braeden McGrew jumper in the paint.

A 12-0 run though by Charleston set the slate for the rest of the game as that put Wesleyan down and in catch-up mode the rest of the contest, at 17-11, with 13:42 left in the opening half.

A three-pointer by Wesleyan’s Anthony Craven Jr. kept Wesleyan down by just five, at 23-18, with 5:20 left in the half.

Charleston closed the half on a 9-5 run putting the Bobcats down by nine at the half, at 32-23.

The Golden Eagles began the second half on a 7-0 run for a 39-23 lead and never looked back the rest of the way.

Young ended the run with a jumper in the paint, but Charleston outscored Wesleyan by a 17-11 margin over the next five minutes for a 58-36 advantage with 11:26 left to play.

A three-pointer by McGrew trimmed the Wesleyan deficit down to 17, at 75-58, with 2:08 remaining.

Bobcat Marvel McGowan wrapped up the scoring in the game with a pair of free throws for the final 19-point differential.

Charleston was led by Lamont McManus who scored 16 points and Isaiah Gable who collected 14.

The Golden Eagles were an impressive 55.8 percent shooting the ball including going 16-for-27 in the second half at just under 60 percent.

Charleston improved to 4-2 overall and 4-2 in the MEC.

Daylin Lee paced the Bobcat offense with 12 points while Craven Jr. came off the bench to add 11.

Wesleyan dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-6 within the conference.

They Bobcats will play again Wednesday when they visit Notre Dame for a conference outing at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan 23  39 – 62

Charleston                        32  49 – 81

West Virginia Wesleyan 62

Daylin Lee 5-15 0-0 12; Anthony Craven Jr. 5-8 0-1 11; Braeden McGrew 4-6 0-0 10; Cameron Ramage 2-7 4-7 9; Ross Young 4-9 0-2 8; Jayden Hibbitt 3-8 0-0 7; Zach Seese 1-2 1-1 3; Marvel McGowan 0-3 2-2 2; Tommie Pope 0-0 0-0 0; Jaret Mullooly 0-3 0-0 0; Shawn Moran 0-3 2-2 0; Duante Gardner 0-0 0-0 0; Lloyd Rohan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 7-13 62.

Charleston 81

Lamont McManus 7-8 2-3 16; Isaiah Gable 5-9 4-7 14; Shaunn Monroe 3-5 4-4 12; Shunta Wilson 6-7 0-0 12; Eddie Colbert 3-8 0-0 8; Joseph Lanzi 2-4 2-2 7; Keith Williams 2-6 0-0 5; Seth O’Neal 1-2 0-0 2; Riley Heatherington 0-0 2-2 2; Samuel Emich 0-2 2-2 2; Saliou Diop 0-1 1-2 1; Cameron Marks 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 29-52 13-17 81.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: McGrew 2-3; Lee 2-5; Craven Jr. 1-3; Ramage 1-3; Hibbitt 1-4; Mullooly 0-3; Young 0-2; Moran 0-2; McGowan 0-1. Totals 7-26; Charleston: Gable 4-7; Monroe 2-2; Colbert 2-6; Williams 1-3; Lanzi 1-3; O’Neal 0-1; Emich 0-1. Totals 10-23.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Hibbitt 7; team 6; Lee 5; Pope 2; Mullooly 2; Craven Jr. 2; Young 1; Seese 1; McGowan 1. Totals 27; Charleston: Gable 8; Wilson 5; Colbert 4; O’Neal 4; Lanzi 4; McManus 3; Williams 3; Heatherington 3; Monroe 2; Diop 2; team 2; Emich 1. Totals 41.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Mullooly 2; McGrew 1; Hibbitt 1; Pope 1; Ramage 1; Young 1. Totals 7; Charleston: Gable 4; O’Neal 3; Lanzi 3; Colbert 2; Williams 2; McManus 1; Emich 1; Marks 1. Totals 17.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 3 Hibbitt 2; Ramage 2; McGrew 1; Pope 1; Mullooly 1; Young 1; Gardner 1. Totals 12; Charleston: O’Neal 4; Monroe 4; Heatherington 1. Totals 9.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; Charleston: McManus 1; Wilson 1; Lanzi 1; Emich 1; Diop 1. Totals 4.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 14; Charleston: 20.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 16; Charleston: 17.

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