Young scores 25 but Wesleyan falls in final minute to Yellow Jackets, 85-84

Clay Todd (3) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats goes airborne to block the shot of West Virginia State’s Anthony Pittman during the first half of their Mountain East Contest Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. Todd had eight points, but Wesleyan dropped an 85-84 decision. Looking on for Wesleyan are Dusan Vicentic (20), Luka Petrovic (10) and Ross Young (2).

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats couldn’t hold a slim one-point lead late in the game against the visiting West Virginia State Yellow Jackets Saturday in a Mountain East Conference clash to Rockefeller Center.

A lay-up and free throw by Ross Young put the Bobcats up 82-81 with 37 seconds remaining in the game.

Michal Seals put in a jumper for the Yellow Jackets to give them an 83-82 advantage with 24 seconds left.

The Bobcats turned the ball over on their next possession and were forced to foul West Virginia State.

Seals made both free throws to up the Yellow Jacket lead to 84-82 with seven seconds remaining.

Luka Petrovic was off on his shot attempt as Clay Todd put in the rebound at the buzzer, making it an 85-84 contest.

It was a disappointing late loss as for the ‘Cats as they lead by 10 at the break.

The loss was the second in a row for head coach Nick Patella and his team dropping them to 4-4 in the MEC and 5-9 overall.

The Yellow Jackets improved to 5-3 in the league and 10-3 overall.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth early as the game was tied at 7-7.

Daylin Lee then uncorked a pair of three pointers, Young flipped in two free throws and Lee scored a dunk on a fastbreak for a 10-0 Wesleyan run making it a 17-7 contest.

After a basket by James Hagins for West Virginia State, Luke Petrovic unleashed a trey for Wesleyan making it a 20-9 contest.

A lay-up by Petrovic pushed the Wesleyan lead to 13, at 26-13, with 10:36 remaining in the half.

A jumper by Dusan Vicentic kept Wesleyan’s lead at 13, at 31-18, with 8:16 left in the opening period.

An 13-3 run by the Yellow Jackets closed the gap to three points, at 34-31, with 2:26 to go in the half.

Wesleyan responded with an 8-1 run to end the half, making it a 42-32 contest at the half.

The lead was short lived as the Yellow Jackets scored the first 11 points of the second half for a 43-42 lead.

Vicentic ended the run with a dunk but Anthony Pittman put a basket in for the Yellow Jackets keeping them ahead by one, at 45-44.

Over the next 10 minutes, the Yellow Jackets built their lead up seven points, at 69-62, with 8:08 remaining in the contest.

Wesleyan finally tied the game on Young’s old-fashioned three-point play with 37 seconds remaining setting up the finish.

Wesleyan shot the ball well in the game at 49.3 percent making good on 31 of their 63 field goal attempts.

Young led the Wesleyan offense with 25 points while Vicentic had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Lee also had 17 points while Petrovic added 13.

West Virginia State 31 of their 69 field goal attempts for a 44.9 percent shooting night.

Anthony Pittman paced West Virginia State with 21 points while Jeremiah Moore scored 19.

West Virginia Wesleyan won the rebounding battle by a  41-27 margin.

The Bobcats will be back in action Wednesday when they host Concord at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia State          32  53 – 85

West Virginia Wesleyan  42  42 – 84

West Virginia State 85

Anthony Pittman 7-8 6-8 21; Jeremiah Moore 8-14 3-5 19; Michal Seals 5-12 2-4 15; Glen Abram 4-13 1-2 12; Treohn Watkins 3-12 2-2 10; Isaiah Noel 2-5 0-0 4; James Hagins 2-3 0-0 4; Frank Agyemang 0-0 0-0 0; Carmearl 0-2 0-0 0; John Dawson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-69 85.

West Virginia Wesleyan 84

Ross Young 9-12 7-10 25; Dusan Vicentic 7-16 2-4 17; Daylin Lee 4-8 6-7 17; Luka Petrovic 5-9 2-2 13; Clay Todd 4-12 0-0 8; Cameron Ramage 1-2 0-0 2; Anthony Garcia 1-4 0-0 2; Marcus Larsson 0-0 0-0 0; Braeden McGrew 0-0 0-0 0; Tommie Pope 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-63 17-23 84.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia State: Michal Seals 3-7; Abram 3-8; Watkins 2-8; Pittman 1-1; Moore 0-1. Totals 9-25; West Virginia Wesleyan: Lee 3-5; Petrovic 1-1; Vicentic 1-2; Garcia 0-1; Todd 0-5. Totals 5-14.

Rebounds – West Virginia State: Moore 7; Pittman 4; Noel 4; Hagins 3; Abram 2; team 2; Seals 1; Thomas 1. Totals 27; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 12; Young 9; Lee 6; Petrovic 6; Todd 6; Ramage 1; Larsson 1. Totals 41.

Assists – West Virginia State: Seals 7; Abram 3; Moore 2; Agyemgang 2; Watkins 1; Noel 1. Totals 16; West Virginia Wesleyan: Petrovic 6; Todd 5; Young 4; Lee 1; Ramage 1. Totals 17.

Steals – West Virginia State: Pittman 2 Moore 2; Watkins 2; Abram 1; Noel 1. Totals 8; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 2; Lee 1; Petrovic 1; Larsson 1. Totals 5.

Blocked shots – West Virginia State: Hagins 2; Moore 1; Noel 1. Totals 4; West Virginia Wesleyan: Vicentic 1 Lee 1; Todd 1 Garcia 1. Totals 4.

Turnovers – West Virginia State: 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: 22

Personal fouls – West Virginia State: 18; West Virginia Wesleyan: 19.

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