Strong second half leads Wesleyan past D&E in regular-season finale

Luka Petrovic (10) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats had 17 points and six rebounds as the ‘Cats defeated Davis & Elkins Saturday in their regular-season finale by an 84-70 score.

BUCKHANNON – Facing a team in crisis mode and a five-point halftime deficit, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat basketball team played one of their best halves of the year against the Davis & Elkins Senators Saturday evening at Rockefeller Center.

It was the regular-season finale for both teams and the Senators needed a win to stay in contention for a berth in the MEC Tournament.

In the first half, it appeared they wanted the game more than the Bobcats as they owned a 35-30 lead.

Wesleyan, however, flipped the switch in the second half shooting a red-hot 63 percent and they easily pulled away with an 84-70 victory.

The win gave head coach Nick Patella and his Bobcats an 11-17 record overall and a 10-12 mark in the MEC.

They finished seventh in the league (see story to the left).

The two teams were tied at 8-8 after four minutes of action but Dusan Vicentic made a lay-up and Tommie Pope fired in a three-pointer to give Wesleyan a 13-8 advantage.

The Senators responded with a 14-2 run for a 22-15 lead with nine minutes remaining in the first half.

Luka Petrovic popped in a jumper and then fired in a trey to cut the lead down to two, at 22-20.

A three-pointer by Wesleyan’s Daylin Lee kept Wesleyan down by two, at 31-29, with 1:23 left in the half.

Wesleyan went into the break down by five, at 35-30.

The Bobcats saw their deficit grow to seven points after four minutes of action in the second half as they trailed by a 45-38 score.

That is when they turned up the offensive attack as they went on a 7-0 run.

Vicentic made a free throw, Petrovic knocked down a jumper, Clay Todd scored in the paint and Petrovic came back with another jumper as Wesleyan tied the game at 45-45, with 13:32 remaining.

A three-pointer by Donte Doleman returned the lead to Davis & Elkins, at 55-54, with nine minutes remaining.

It was the last lead the Senators would hold.

With the game tied at 57-57, Wesleyan went on an 11-0 run capped off by a free throw from Petrovic.

That staked them to a 68-57 advantage with 5:11 remaining.

A three-pointer by Marcus Larsson pushed the Wesleyan lead to 15, at 75-60, with 2:27 left in the contest.

A jumper by Davis & Elkins’ Tyler Twyman cut the Wesleyan lead down to nine, at 77-68, with a minute remaining but the Bobcats never let the Senators get any closer the final 60 seconds.

Wesleyan put four players in double digits.

Vicentic scored 18 points, Petrovic added 17, Jaylin Reed tacked on 15 and Todd contribute 13.

Doleman had a team-high 18 points for the Senators.

Davis & Elkins finished last in the MEC standings and missed out on the post-season tournament.

They ended the year with an 8-20 record overall and a 6-16 mark in the MEC.

Wesleyan will move onto the MEC Tournament where they will play Urbana in the first-round Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The boxscore:

Davis & Elkins                                                                          35  35 – 70

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                           30  54 – 84

Davis & Elkins 70

Donte Doleman 6-13 1-3 18; Myles Monroe 5-12 7-8 17; Erkham Kiris 7-14 3-6 17; Madela Baledrokadroka 2-6 2-5 6; Patrick Wilburn 2-3 2-2 6; Tyler Twyman 1-2 0-0 2; Teemu Tumanoff 0-0 2-2 2; Emre Yildreim 1-3 0-0 2; Kyle Leslie 0-1 0-0 0; Wlliot White 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 17-26 70.

West Virginia Wesleyan 84

Dusan Vicentic 6-13 5-8 18; Luka Petrovic 6-11 4-6 17; Jaylin Reed 5-9 4-4 15; Clay Todd 4-7 5-6 13; Daylin Lee 3-10 0-0 8; Marcus Larssson 2-5 1-2 6; Tommie Pope 2-2 0-2 56; Braeden McGrew 1-1 0-0 2; Cameron Ramage 0-0 0-0 0; Anthony Garcia 0-0 0-0 0; Marvel McGown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-58 19-28 84.

Three-point field goals – Davis & Elkins: Doleman 5-9; Monroe 0-1; Baledrokadroka 0-1; Wilburn 0-1; Twyman 0-1; Leslie 0-1; Yildirim 0-2; Kiris 0-3. Totals 5-19; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 2-5; Vicentic 1-1; Pope 1-1; Larsson 1-2; Petrovic 1-4; Reed 1-4; Todd 0-2. Totals 7-19.

Rebounds – Davis & Elkins: Kiris 6; Wilburn 5; Monroe 4; Baledrokadroka 4; Doleman 2; Tumanoff 1; Keslie 1; team 1. Totals 24; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 9; Todd 9; Petrovic 6; Lee 4; Pope 3; Reed 3; Larssson 1; McGrew 1. Totals 36.

Assists – Davis & Elkins: Kiris 2; Baledrokadroka 2; Doleman 1; Wilburn 1; Tumanoff 1; Totals 7; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 7; Todd 3; Reed 2; Vicentic 1; Lee 1; Pope 1; Larsson 1; McGrew 1. Totals 17.

Steals – Davis & Elkins: Baledrokadroka 3; Monroe 1; Yildirim 1; Leslie 1. Totals 6; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 3; Todd 1; Pope 1; Reed 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – Davis & Elkins: Kiris 3. Totals 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 1; Todd 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – Davis & Elkins: 13; West Virginia Wesleyan: 11.

Personal fouls – Davis & Elkins: 21; West Virginia Wesleyan: 22.

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