Vicentic scores 17 but Bobcats tumble to Shepherd in conference action, 71-54


SHEPHERDSTOWN – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats lost the rebounding battle to the Shepherd Rams here Wednesday night and would up dropping a 71-54 decision in Mountain East Conference competition.

The ‘Cats were outrebounded by a 44-25 margin and was able to haul down just three offensive rebounds in the game which led to zero second chance points being scored.

The game started out well enough for the Bobcats as a Dusan Vicentic lay-up gave Wesleyan an early 9-5 lead with 15:34 showing on the first-half clock.

Shepherd took a 20-19 lead but a 3-pointer by Fred Brondsted returned the lead back to Wesleyan, at 22-20, with 12 minutes gone.

With Shepherd taking a 25-24 lead, the Rams rattled off eight unanswered points to open up a 33-24 advantage.

Marcus Larsson interrupted the run with a trey, but Winston Burgess ended the half with a lay-up to give the Rams a 35-27 lead at the intermission.

A lay-up by Luke Petrovic brought Wesleyan to within six, at 42-36, with 15:22 remaining in the game but Shepherd went on a 7-0 run for a 49-36 lead.

Shepherd built their lead to 22, at 71-49, on a Derek McKnight trey with 2:55 left in the game.

Wesleyan scored the final five points of the game.

Vicentic scored a game-high 17 points while Clay Todd was the only other Bobcat to reach double digits with 11 points.

Todd and Petrovic each had a team-high six rebounds for Wesleyan.

Burgess led Shepherd with 17 points and seven rebounds while Thomas Lang had 14 points.

Jon Preston had a double-double for the Rams with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Shepherd improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will return to action Saturday when they host Fairmont State at 4 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan  27  27 – 54

Shepherd                           35  36 – 71

West Virginia Wesleyan 54

Dusan Vicentic 7-12 0-2 17, Clay Todd 5-12 0-0 11, Fred Brondsted 3-12 0-0 9, Luka Petrovic 4-8 1-4 9, Marcus Larsson 2-5 2-2 8, Edward Flohr 0-1 0-0 0, Daylin Lee 0-2 0-2 0, Jalen Melvin 0-1 0-0 0, Adam Horton 0-0 0-0 0, Braeden McGrew 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 3-10 54.

Shepherd 71

Winston Burgess 8-12 1-2 17, Thomas Lang 5-10 0-0 14, Derek McKnight 4-8 0-0 11, Devin Smith 1-3 2-2 4, Maliq Sanders 1-5 0-0 3, Jon Preston 4-9 0-0 10, Emmanuel Aghayere 3-6 1-3 7, Cam Stephens 1-6 0-0 3, Kyle Daggett 1-2 0-0 2, Zane Cogan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 4-7 71.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 3-5, Brondsted 3-11, Larsson 2-5, Todd 1-5, Petrovic 0-2, Flohr 0-1, Melvin 0-1. Totals 9-30; Shepherd: Lang 4-8, McKnight 3-5, Preston 2-4, Stephens 1-3, Sanders 1-5, Smith 0-1, Daggett 0-1. Totals 11-27.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 6, Petrovic 6, Larsson 4, Vicentic 3, Brondsted 2, Horton 2, Team 2. Totals 25; Shepherd: Preston 12, McKnight 9, Burgess 7, Lang 4, Stephens 4, Sanders, Aghayere 3, Daggett 1. Totals 44.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 4, Larsson 4, Flohr 2, Todd 1, Brondsted 1, Melvin 1. Totals 13; Shepherd: McKnight 5, Smith 5, Sanders 2, Lang 2, Stephens 1, Daggett 1. Totals 16.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 2, Brondsted 1, Petrovic 1, Larsson 1. Totals 5; Shepherd: McKnight 2, Preston 1, Stephens 1. Totals 4.

Blocks – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 1. Totals 1; Shepherd: Preston 1, Stephens 1. Totals 2.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 11; Shepherd: 11.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 8; Shepherd: 12.


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