Photography by Pete Galarneau, Jr.
Fairmont, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Wesleyan Men's Basketball team opened up their season 1-1 at the Joe Retton Classic held at Fairmont State University. The men began the tournament Saturday evening with a 70-66 loss at the hands of Virginia State at Joe Retton arena before turning around and ousting Bowie State, 81-75, Sunday at 2pm.
The Trojans of Virginia State would battle back from a five point halftime deficit outscoring the 'Cats 37-29 in the second half to claim their first win of the season. In the loss, T.J. Thompson, Ray Warren, and Alexsandar Djordjevic would all reach double digits for the Bobcats. Thompson would add seven rebounds to his game high 21 in 30 minutes of action. Virginia State would be lead by Larry Savage's near double-double effort of 16 points and nine boards as well as capitalize off of 14 Bobcat turnovers compared to their six to earn the victory.
Sunday afternoon would prove different for the Bobcats as they were lead again by senior T.J. Thompson and his 24 points including 4-7 shooting from behind the arc. Elon transfer, Brett Ervin along with bench contributor Chris Dewberry both added 17 points, combining for nine three's on the afternoon. The Bobcats would pour 48 of their 81 points in the first half claiming a ten point halftime lead. Andre Jackson would come off the bench for Bowie State surging with 16 points of his own to lead the Bulldogs on the afternoon. All in all, nine Bobcats would see double digit minutes and the team would use a 52% shooting effort from the floor to even up their record at 1-1 to start the season.
The Bobcat Men will return to action Wednesday as they play host to IUP at Rockefeller Center. Tip-off is slated for 7pm.