WVWC men’s basketball team falls to former MEC rival Shepherd, 61-39

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team is off to a 1-5 start after losing a non-conference road game Sunday, November 28, inside Shepherdstown’s Butcher Center. The Bobcats struggled offensively, only managing to tally 39 points all night, eventually falling to their former MEC rival, 61-39.

 The Bobcats kept the game close for most of the first period, trailing by only one (17-16) with 11:10 remaining in the first half after a three from Tyler Slone. However, a late 16-4 run by Shepherd to close out the first half put WVWC down 33-20 going into the locker room. 

The Bobcats wouldn’t fare much better in the second half, seeing their offensive struggles from the end of the first half carry over into the second half. The Rams noticeably began to work the ball into the paint more as the game wore on and the Bobcats couldn’t seem to find an answer.

The Bobcats finished the game shooting only 29.8% from the field, including only 21.7% from distance. Perhaps the most glaring stat of the night was that the Bobcats didn’t visit the charity stripe the entire night. 

While it wasn’t their best offensive showing, there were still bright spots in this one for the Bobcats. The Bobcats generally took care of the ball, only recording 9 turnovers, while they played strong team defense, recording 7 steals, while forcing Shepherd into 11 total turnovers. Jayden Hibbitt continued his streak of strong performances, netting 16 points, leading all Bobcats in scoring for the fifth time in the team’s opening six games. 

In his second start of the season, Braeden McGrew had an all-round solid performance, scoring 8 points, pulling down 6 rebounds, all the while showing a bit of playmaking ability, recording 3 assists. Kabe Ellis a 5’9” freshman guard proved to be a spark off the bench, hitting a jumper late in the second half during a career-high 16 minutes played.

Shepherd took advantage of WVWC’s offensive struggles in this one. Kyle Daggett recorded a double-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Dan McClain Corley scored 16, while pulling down 7 rebounds of his own. Shepherd shot 45.3% from the field—efficient enough to cruise to a victory. 

The WVWC men’s basketball team will return to Buckhannon and the Rockefeller Center for their next game, as they play host to West Liberty on Wednesday, December 1. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.


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