Vicentic scores a game-high 34 points but Bobcats lose at the buzzer, 76-74


BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats have not been strangers to close losses this season with three of less than three points.

It happened again when they hosted Frostburg State in a home Mountain East Conference clash Wednesday night in a 76-74 setback.

This time they were snake bitten by Frostburg State’s Jamil Jones.

Wesleyan led by seven with 2:32 remaining in the game at 73-66.

A late 7-0 run by Frostburg State tied the game at 73-73 with 30 seconds remaining, but Dusan Vicentic flipped in a free throw to give the ‘Cats a 74-73 lead with 12 seconds remaining.

With three seconds remaining, Daniel Alexander fed a pass to Jones who drilled a three-pointer giving Frostburg State a 76-74 win.

The loss at the buzzer ruined a wonderful game by Vicentic, who scored a career-high 34 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

The Bobcats opened up a big lead quick darting out to a 10-2 advantage with just three minutes gone.

A Daylin Lee lay-up on a fast break pushed the Bobcat lead to 21-10 at the 10-minute mark.

A lay-up by Vicentic gave Wesleyan their biggest lead of the first half, at 12 points, at 36-24, with 2:25 left.

An 8-0 run by Frostburg State closed it to a 36-32 contest but Wesleyan ended the half on a 5-0 run with Vicentic knocking down two free throws and Luka Petrovic uncorking a three at the buzzer staking the ‘Cats to a 41-32 advantage.

Frostburg State started the second half on a 9-4 run to whittle the lead down to four, at 45-41, but Vicentic scored on a lay-up putting Wesleyan ahead by a 47-41 score.

A lay-up by Vicentic pushed the Wesleyan back to double digits at 59-49, at the 10-minute mark.

Frostburg State narrowed the Wesleyan lead down to four following a Joe Adedayo three-pointer, at 69-65, with 3:43 to play.

A Vicentic lay-up gave Wesleyan their 73-66 lead with 2:32 remaining before Frostburg went on their 7-0 run.

Both teams shot 48 percent from the floor.

Following Petrovic in the scoring column for the Bobcats were Petrovic with 13 points and Daylin Lee with 12.

Adedayo led all scorers for Frostburg State with 33 points while Daniel Alexander tallied 14.

Frostburg State improved to 7-10 overall and 4-7 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 6-11 overall and 5-6 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will return to action today at 4 p.m. as they visit Davis & Elkins in a conference outing.

The boxscore:

Frostburg State                32  44 – 76

West Virginia Wesleyan  41  33 – 74

Frostburg State 76

Joe Adedayo 11-15 9-11 33; Daniel Alexander 4-12 5-9 14; Torris Stephens 3-5 2-2 8; Jamil Jones 3-7 0-0 7; Sean Patterson 2-2 0-2 4; Demetrich Williams 1-2 0-0 2; Tyler Rodeheaver 0-3 2-3 2; Maurice Carroll 1-1 0-0 2; Jordan Dawson 1-2 0-0 2 Scott Kerr Jr. 1-1 0-0 2; Bo Schene 0-3 0-0 0; Desmond Rene 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 18-27 76.

West Virginia Wesleyan 74

Dusan Vicentic 14-16 4-7 34; Luka Petrovic 5-15 2-2 13; Daylin Lee 5-10 0-0 12; Marcus Larsson 2-2 2-2 6; Anthony Garcia 1-3 2-2 4; Clay Tod 1-4 0-0 2; Tommie Pope 1-4 0-0 2; Braeden McGrew 0-4 1-2 1; Jaylin Reed 0-1 0-0 0; Cameron Ramage 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 29-60 11-16 74.

Three-point field goals – Frostburg State: Adedayo 2-5; Jones 1-1; Alexander 1-4; Perry 0-1; Stephens 0-1; Schene 0-1; Rodeheaver 0-3. Totals 4-16; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 2-3; Lee 2-4; Petrovic 1-5; Ramage 0-1; Todd 0-2; Pope 0-2; McGrew 0-3. Totals 5-20.

Rebounds – Frostburg State: Perry 6; Jones 4; Stephens 4; Williams 4; Adedayo 2; Patterson 2; Kerr Jr. 2; Alexander 1; Rodeheaver 1; Carroll 1; Dawson 1. Totals 28; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 9; Pope 5; Garcia 4; Petrovic 3; Lee 3; Todd 3; Larsson 3; Reed 1; Ramage 1. Totals 32.

Assists – Frostburg State: Alexander 3; Jones 2; Adedayo 1; Rodeheaver 1; Rene 1. Totals 8; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 5; Todd 4; Larsson 3; Lee 2; Pope 1. Totals 15.

Steals – Frostburg State: Alexander 2; Adedayo 1; Stephens 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Pope 2; McGrew 2; Lee 1; Todd 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – Frostburg State: Patterson 1; Rodeheaver 1; Totals 2; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 3.

Turnovers – Frostburg State: 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: 13.

Personal fouls – Frostburg State: 17; West Virginia Wesleyan: 18.

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