Slow start hurts Bobcats in 75-62 MEC setback to Golden Eagles


BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats never gave themselves a chance to be in the game with the Charleston Golden Eagles Saturday evening in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan got behind by a 15-2 score after 4 ½ minutes of action and was never able to get back in the game in a 75-62 loss.

The loss was the second in a row for head coach Nick Patella’s group as they saw their record fall to 9-15 overall and 8-10 in the Mountain East Conference.

Charleston remained in second place in the league with a 13-5 mark while they own a 19-5 record overall.

Dusan Vicentic stopped the bleeding for Wesleyan temporarily with a three-pointer but Charlesotn scored the next four points for a 19-5 lead with seven minutes gone.

A three-pointer by Seth O’Neal extended the Charleston lead to 19 points at the 7:07 mark at 32-13.

Still down by 19, at 36-17, Vicentic hit a pair of free throws, Clay Todd knocked down a foul shot and Luka Petrovic uncorked a three-pointer to cut the lead down to 14, at 36-22, with 1:21 left in the half.

Charleston pushed their lead back to 17 at the break following a lay-up by Riley Heatherginton, at 41-24.

Vicentic opened the second half with a three-pointer making it a 41-27 contest.

Down 60-42, Jaylin Reed made a lay-up, Ross Young scored in the paint and Todd scored on a lay-up to bring Wesleyan to back within 12, at 60-48, with seven minutes remaining.

A three-pointer by Petrovic narrowed the lead down to 10 for Wesleyan, at 66-56, with three minutes left.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer as Charleston put the game away at the free-throw line for the 13-point win.

Vicentic had a team-high 18 points while Ross Young had 12.

Lamont McManus had a game-high 21 points for Charleston while Drew Rackley had 14 points.

Wesleyan will return to action Wednesday when they host Glenville State in a MEC contest starting at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Charleston                         41  34 – 75

West Virginia Wesleyan 24  38 – 62

Charleston 75

Lamont McManus 8-9 5-7 21; Drew Rackley 4-12 3-4 14; Seth O’Neal 4-9 0-2 11; Devon Robinson 2-5 4-4 8; Keith Williams 3-8 0-0 8; Riley Heatherington 2-4 0-1 5; Eddie Colbert 1-5 2-3 4; Samuel Emich 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 26-55 14-21 75.

West Virginia Wesleyan 62

Dusan Vicentic 6-11 4-5 18; Ross Young 5-9 2-4 12; Luka Petrovic 4-11 2-2 11; Clay Todd 4-11 1-2 10; Jaylin Reed 3-5 0-0 7; Anthony Garcia 2-5 0-1 4; Tommie Pope 0-1 0-0 0; Braeden McGrew 0-2 0-0 0; Marcus Larsson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 9-14 62.

Three-point field goals – Charleston: O’Neal 3-6; Rackley 3-9; Williams 2-5; Heatherington 1-1; Emich 0-1; Colbert 0-3. Totals 9-25; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 2-4; Reed 1-1; Todd 1-4; Petrovic 1-5; Garcia 0-2; McGrew 0-2. Totals 5-18.

Rebounds – Charleston: Robinson 14; Colbert 5; O’Neal 4; Williams 3; McManus 2; Rackley 2; Heatherington 2. Totals 32; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 7; Petrovic 6; Young 5; Todd 3; Pope 2; Reed 2; Garcia 1; Larsson 1. Totals 27.

Assists – Charleston: O’Neal 7; Robinson 4; Rackley 3; McManus 1; Williams 1; Heatherington 1. Totals; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 8; Young 4; Todd 2; McGrew 2; Vicentic 1. Totals 17.

Steals – Charleston: O’Neal 4; Robinson 2; Colbert 1. Totals 7; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2; Vicentic 1; Petrovic 1; Garcia 1; McGrew 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – Charleston: McManus 1. Totals 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2; Young 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – Charleston: 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: 14.

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

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