Vicentic scores 1,000th point as ‘Cats tumble to Charleston, 102-77


CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats had no answers for the University of Charleston’s Drew Rackley during their Mountain East Conference contest Wednesday at H. Bernard Wehrle Arena.

Rackley had a game-high 32 points in a 102-77 victory over the Bobcats.

The senior guard, who scored his 1,000th point during the game, was 12 of 16 from the floor and hit six three pointers as the Golden Eagles ended the Bobcats three-game winning streak.

Rackley wasn’t the only player to reach the 1,000-point mark in the game as Wesleyan’s Dusan Vicentic reached the mark as well.

Wesleyan led early after Clay Todd unleashed a trey to give Wesleyan an 8-7 advantage with 4:12 elapsed.

Charleston scored 11 straight points for a 18-8 lead and never let Wesleyan back into the game.

A lay-up by Luka Petrovic kept Wesleyan down by seven, at 27-20, with 8:17 left in the first half.

The Golden Eagles went on a 13-2 run for a 40-22 lead with 5:14 remaining in the first half.

Down by 22 with 37 seconds left in the half, at 54-32, Petrovic and Ross Young closed out the half with a pair of three-pointers making it a 16-point game at the break, at 54-38.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer in the second half.

Charleston’s biggest lead of the second half grew to 35 points, at 97-62, with 3:21 remaining.

Wesleyan ended the game on a 15-5 run.

Anthony Garcia came off the bench to lead the Wesleyan offense with 14 points while Young had 12 and Todd and Petrovic had 10 each.

Wesleyan shot 48.1 percent making good on 25 of their 52 field goal attempts.

Following Rackley in the scoring column for Charleston were Keith Williams with 22 points and Lamont McManus with 14.

Charleston shot an impressive 63.5 percent making good on 40 of their 63 attempts.

The Golden Eagles stayed in a tie for first place in the MEC with a 5-2 conference mark and an 11-2 overall ledger.

Wesleyan slipped into a second-place tie with a 4-3 league mark and a 5-8 record overall.

The ‘Cats will return to action today hosting West Virginia State at 4 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                           38  39 – 77

Charleston                                                                                54  48 – 102

West Virginia Wesleyan 77

Anthony Garcia 6-11 1-1 14; Ross Young 4-10 3-5 12; Clay Todd 4-7 0-0 10; Luka Petrovic 3-5 2-2 10; Dusan Vicentic 3-4 2-2 9; Marvel McGowan 1-2 4-4 7; Daylin Lee 1-4 4-4 6; Cameron Ramage 2-3 1-2 5; Kenny Lewis Jr. 1-1 0-0 3; Jaylin Reed 0-0 1-2 1; Marcus Larsson 0-1 0-0 0; Braeden McGrew 0-2 0-0 0; Tommie Pope 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 18-22 77.

Charleston 102

Drew Rackley 12-16 2-2 32; Keith Williams 9-16 0-0 22; Lamont McManus 5-8 4-4 14; Seth O’Neal 5-10 0-0 12; Devon Robinson 4-5 1-1 9; Eddie Colbert 2-4 0-0 6; Kaleb Marti 2-3 0-1 5; Darcy Joce McCann 1-1 0-0 2; Riley Heatherington 0-0 0-0 0; Tommy Johnson 0-0 0-1 0; Lonnie Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-63 7-10 102.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 2-3; Todd 2-5; Young 1-1; Vicentic 1-1; McGowan 1-1; Lewis Jr. 1-1; Garcia 1-2; Larsson 0-1; Pope 0-1; McGrew 0-2; Lee 0-3. Totals 9-21; Charleston: Rackley 6-9; Williams 4-10; Colbert 2-4; O’Neal 2-5; Martin 1-2. Totals 15-30.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Garcia 8; Vicentic 7; Lee 4; team 3; Young 2; Todd 1; Petrovic 1; McGowan 1; Larsson 1. Totals 28; Charleston: Robinson 10; Colbert 4; team 4l; O’Neal 3; Rackley 2; Williams 1 McManus 1; Heatherington 1. Totals 26.

Assists —West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 5; McGrew 2; Todd 2; Vincentic 1; Garcia 1. Totals 11; Charleston: O’Neal 7; Rackley 4; McManus 3; ;Robinson 2; Colbert 2; Heatherington 2; Williams 1; Martin 1.Totals 22.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2; Reed 2; Young 1; Vicentic 1; McGowan 1; McGrew 1. Totals 8; Charleston: Rackley 5; Robinson 3; Colbert 2 Heatherington 2; Williams 1; O’Neal 1; Martin 1. Totals 15.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; Charleston: Heatherington 1. Totals 1.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; Charleston: 13.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 13; Charleston: 16.

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