Wesleyan comes up short against Fairmont State in 80-69 setback


FAIRMONT – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat basketball team lost for the fourth time in their last five outings as they dropped an 80-69 decision to the homestanding Fairmont State Falcons Wednesday night in Mountain East Conference action.

Jaylin Reed came off the bench for the Bobcats to score a game-high 19 points, but the starting five for Wesleyan combined for just 45 points on a 15 for 48 shooting night.

After falling behind by a 5-0 score, Daylin Lee scored on a lay-up, Luka Petrovic went inside for two points and Lee came back with a jumper to give Wesleyan a 6-5 lead.

It would be the only lead of the night for Wesleyan.

A 6-1 run by the Falcons gave them an 11-7 lead, and after a lay-up by Dusan Vicentic for Wesleyan, Fairmont State scored eight straight points for a 19-9 advantage at the 11:30 mark of the first half.

With Wesleyan still down by 10, at 31-21, Tommie Pope scored on a pair of lay-ups and Lee uncorked a three-pointer trimming it to a three-point contest, at 31-28, with 5:45 remaining in the first.

Trailing 33-30, Wesleyan allowed Fairmont State to score the final five points of the half, leaving them down at the intermission by a 38-30 score.

Fairmont State started to pull away early in the second half as they started it on a 7-0 run for a 45-30 advantage.

Wesleyan responded with an 8-0 run capped off by a free throw from Vicentic to close the gap to 45-38, with 13:27 left in the contest.

Over the next three minutes, Fairmont State went on a 10-3 run opening up their lead to 14, at 55-41.

An 18-11 run over the next six minutes by Fairmont State put Wesleyan down by 21 points, at 73-52.

Wesleyan countered with an 11-4 run, leaving them down by 14, at 77-63, with 2:25 left in the game.

Wesleyan closed it to 10 points with 21 seconds remaining after a lay-up by Reed, but they couldn’t get any closer.

Following Reed in the scoring column for the Bobcats was Lee with 17 points.

Isaiah Sanders scored a team-high 17 points for Fairmont State while Dale Bonner had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Fairmont State improved to 21-6 overall and 15-6 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 10-17 overall and 9-12 in the MEC.

They will wrap up their regular-season today hosting Davis & Elkins at 4 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan 30  39 – 69

Fairmont State                 38  42 – 80

West Virginia Wesleyan 69

Jaylin Reed 6-11 4-6 19; Daylin Lee 6-15 2-4 17; Dusan Vicentic 3-15 2-4 8; Luka Petrovic 3-7 2-2 8; Tommie Pope 2-4 3-4 7; Clay Todd 1-7 3-3 5; Marcus Larsson 1-2 0-0 3; Ross Young 1-3 0-2 2; Braeden McGrew 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 23-68 16-25 69.

Fairmont State 80

Isaiah Sanders 6-12 4-6 17; Dale Bonner 7-10 2-2 16; Kenzi Meklo 5-13 3-4 15; Przemyslaw Golek 3-6 1-2 10; Cole VonHandorf 4-8 0-0 9; Illisia Washington 2-4 3-3 8; Seth Younklin 2-2 0-2 4; Jarrett Cox 0-1 1-2 1; Donald Kummer 0-1 0-0 0; Jack Keisheimer 0-0 0-0 0; Jacob Brown 0-0 0-0 0; Steven Solomon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 14-21 80.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 3-10; Reed 3-7; Larsson 1-2; Petrovic 0-2; Pope 0-2; McGrew 0-3; Vicentic 0-6. Totals 7-37; Fairmont State: Golek 3-4; Melko 2-6; VonHandorf 1-3; Washington 1-3; Sanders 1-4; Bonner 0-1; Cox 0-1; Kummer 0-1. Totals 8-23.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 8; Petrovic 7; Pope 7; Reed 7; Vicentic 6; Todd 5; Young 3; Larsson 1; McGrew 1, team 1. Totals 46; Fairmont State: Bonner 10; Washington 7; Sanders 5; Melko 4; VonHandorf 4; Younkin 2; Cox 2; Golek 1; Brown 1. Totals 36.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Todd 4; Petrovic 2; Vicentic 1; Pope 1; Young 1; McGrew 1. Totals 10; Fairmont State: VonHandorf 4; Sanders 3; Bonner 3; Melko 2; Golek 1; Kummer 1. Totals 14.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 3; Lee 2; Pope 2; Reed 2; Vicentic 1; Todd 1. Totals 11; Fairmont State: Bonner 3; Melko 2; Golek 2; Washington 2; Sanders 1; VonHandorf 1. Totals 11.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 1. Totals 1; Fairmont State: None.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; Fairmont State: 19.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 16; Fairmont State: 18.

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