Photography by Pete Galarneau, Jr.
Fairmont, W.Va. -- The Wesleyan Men's and Women's Basketball teams both suffered losses at the hands of the Fairmont State Falcons Saturday afternoon at Joe Retton Arena in Fairmont. The Men lost 70-57 while the Women suffered a 75-42 defeat. For both teams, it was their first Mountain East Conference contest.
In the Women's tilt, the Lady Falcons controlled things after a 4-4 tie going on a 15-4 run extending a lead that was never really in jeopardy of being forefitted. A pair of KiKi DeVane free throws would bring the 'Cats closer at 25-15 but the Falcons would answer back with a 12-8 run to close the half to take a 37-23 lead in to the locker room.
In the second half, the Bobcats would have trouble finding the scoreboard only amassing 19 points on 6-29 shooting from the floor. Fairmont State would talley 38 points, 10 each from Hallie Garrett and Hallie Gunnoe to increase their lead. Brittany Williams would account for a double-double for the Bobcats collecting 10 rebounds to go with her team high 14 points in the losing effort. Her and Kacey Johnson would be the only two Bobcats to reach double digits for the 'Cats.
The Men's side would see a slow start from Wesleyan as the 'Cats went a tough 7-29 from the field, only shooting 10% from the behind arc and acruing 17 points. The Falcons would use an aggressive attack in the paint earning 17 attempts from the charity stripe collecting 13 points. The Falcons' Brenden Cooper would lead all scorers with 21, grabbing 12 of them in the first half to help Fairmont State to a 34-17 halftime lead.
The Bobcats would have greater success on the scoreboard in the second half outscoring the Falcons 40-36, however the deficit was just too large to overcome. Aleksandar Djordjevic and Taylor Price would lead the second half charge for the Bobcats, Djordjevic had nine of his team high 16 while Price went 4-5 from the field nabbing eight points.
In the end Fairmont's ability to get to the line would prove to be the difference as the Falcons outscored the Bobcats by 15 from the free throw line more than doubling the Bobcats' 14 attempts with 33. The Falcons were also able to outrebound the Bobcats 37-22, however, Wesleyan showed great poise against the relentless pressure of the Falcons winning the turnover battle 13-18.
With the losses, both teams move to 0-1 in the Mountain East while the Falcons begin the campaign 1-0. Both teams will return home for action to host the Shepherd Rams Monday evening before the teams will have some time off for Thanksgiving break. The Women's game will start at 5:30 and the Men, 7:30.