Vicentic has double-double as head coach Nick Patella gets his first Bobcat victory


CUMBERLAND (Md.) – Senior forward Dusan Vicentic had a monster game for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats when they took to the court Saturday in their Mountain East Conference opener with the homestanding Frostburg State Bobcats.

Vicentic scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Wesleyan ended a five-game slide to start the season with an 85-73 victory.

Wesleyan put four other players in the double-digit scoring column in the win as Ross Young added 18 points and seven rebounds and Clay Todd added 16 points and seven rebounds.

Edward Flohr and Luka Petrovic each added 10 points.

The Bobcat defense did their part as well in the win holding Frostburg State to just 32 percent shooting in the game.

Wesleyan raced out to a 5-0 advantage early after a lay-up by Vicentic and a three-pointer by Flohr.

Another three-pointer by Flohr gave Wesleyan a 12-4 lead with 3:50 gone in the game.

With Wesleyan still leading by three, at 20-17, Frostburg State went on a 9-0 run to take their first lead, at 26-20, with 6:11 left in the half.

Marcus Larrson ended the run with a lay-up and Braeden McGrew fired in a trey to bring Wesleyan to within one, at 26-25, with 4:52 to go in the opening half.

A free throw by Frostburg State’s Jasiah Perry kept them up by two at 29-27, with three minutes left, but Wesleyan closed the half with a 12-2 run for a 39-31 lead at the intermission.

Wesleyan slowly started to pull away as a lay-up by Flohr put the Bobcats ahead by 12, at 48-36, with three minutes elapsed.

Frostburg stayed in the contest with a 16-8 run which brought them to within four, at 56-52 with 12:03 left, but Vicentic turned in an old-fashioned three-pointer and Clay Todd went into the lane for a lay-up to stake Wesleyan to a nine-point lead, at 61-52, at the 11-minute mark.

Frostburg State again cut into the lead outscoring Wesleyan by a 12-6 mark to make it a three-point game, at 67-64, with 7:34 remaining.

Ross Young scored a lay-up and Todd dunked one down to put Wesleyan right back up by seven, at 71-64, with 6:55 left in the game.

With Wesleyan ahead by six, at 75-69, Todd uncorked a trey, Vicentic made a lay-up and Petrovic bombed in a three-pointer to give the Bobcats a comfortable 14-point lead, at 83-69, with 3:15 left.

Frostburg State couldn’t get any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Wesleyan shot 44.9 percent for the game hitting on 31 of their 69 field goal attempts.

Daniel Alexander led Frostburg State with 15 points while Lawrence Pettis had 14.

Frostburg State dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the MEC.

Wesleyan ended their five-game winless streak to start the season and improved to 1-5 overall and 1-0 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will return to action Tuesday at home when they entertain Fairmont State in a conference clash at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  39  46 – 85

Frostburg State                  31  42 – 73

West Virginia Wesleyan 85

Dusan Vicentic 7-22 8-8 22; Ross Young 8-12 2-5 18; Clay Todd 5-12 3-4 16; Edward Flohr 3-3 2-2 10; Luka Petrovic 4-9 0-0 10; Braeden McGrew 2-6 0-0 5; Marcus Larsson 1-1 0-0 2; Anthony Garcia 1-3 0-0 2; Cameron Ramage 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-69 15-19 85.

Frostburg State 73

Daniel Alexander 6-19 0-1 15; Lawrence Pettis 4-9 4-6 14; Demetrich Williams 3-8 2-2 8; Sean Patterson 4-6 0-0 8; Bo Schene 3-7 0-0 7; Torrin Stephens 2-3 1-2 5; Terry Kenner 2-6 0-0 4; Maurice Carroll 2-2 0-0 4; Jaylon Johnson 1-3 1-2 3; Joe Adedayo 0-0 2-2 2; Jamil Jones 1-3 0-0 2; Desmond Rene 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-74 11-17 73.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 3-6; Flohr 2-2; Petrovic 2-5; McGrew 1-4; Vicentic 0-2; Garcia 0-1; Ramage 0-1. Totals 8-21; Frostburg State: Alexander 3-9; Pettis 2-5; Schene 1-4; Perry 0-1; Rogers 0-1; Kenner 0-1; Johnson 0-1; Jones 0-1. Totals 6-23.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 16; Young 7; Todd 7; Petrovic 7; team 6; McGrew 4; Flohr 3; Larsson 1; Garcia 1. Totals 52; Frostburg State: Alexander 8; Stephens 6; team 6; Williams 3; Schene 3; Perry 3; Patterson 2; Kenner 2; Johnson 2; Adedayo 2; Pettis 1. Totals 38.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 6; McGrew 5; Todd 3; Flohr 2; Vicentic 1; Young 1; Garcia 1. Totals 19; Frostburg State: Rogers 4; Pettis 2; Alexander 1; Schene 1; Perry 1; Kenner 1; Johnson 1. Totals 11.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: McGrew 2; Petrovic 2; Todd 1. Totals 5; Frostburg State: Alexander 4; Schene 2; Pettis 1; Johnson 1; Jones 1. Totals 9.

Blocks – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; Frostburg State: Perry 2; Carroll 2; Kenner 1; Stephens 1. Totals 6.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; Frostburg State: 12.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 14; Frostburg State: 17.

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