Photography by Pete Galarneau, Jr.
Buckhannon, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan Basketball teams both suffered their second conference loss of the season courtesy of the Shepherd Rams Monday evening at Rockefeller Center. The Women endured a 96-55 Ram runaway while the Men went down 99-90.
On the Women's side, six Rams would find double digits in a well balanced attack that saw the Rams shoot an even 50% (37-74) from the field. After two Brittany Williams' free throws tied the game at 4-4, Shepherd proceeded to go on an 11-1 run that set a gap the Bobcats would never recover from. The Rams would take a 43-20 advantage in to half and only improve from there.
Wesleyan would shoot an impressive 80% from the free throw line going 25-31, however, a 0-11 output from behind the arc accompanied with a 15-67 floor shooting effort would just be too much to overcome. Williams would be the only Bobcat in double digits and KiKi DeVane would add 10 rebounds.
The Women will travel to play Alderson-Broaddus Saturday at 4:00pm. The Lady 'Cats were able to overcome a 20 point deficit in their win over the Battlers on November 19th.
The Men's competition provided exciting matchups throughout the scorecard as both teams played guard heavy offenses promoting scoring. Up and down action from both teams left the Rams holding a 43-40 edge at halftime. Hot shooting (18-29) from the floor as well as a slight rebounding advantage over the 'Cats would be two first half factors. Wesleyan's T.J. Thompson would hold the hot hand in the first half connecting on 4-5 long range attempts, scoring a team high 15. Wesleyan's Taylor Price would also contribute eight first half points going 3-4 from the field and 2-2 from the charity stripe.
The second half would begin much like the first as the two teams battled back and forth, trading buckets. Two Thompson free throws propelled the Bobcat ahead 50-49, however the Rams would answer back with a 15-0 run, pushing out a Shepherd lead to 64-50. Despite his 14 points and a perfect second half shooting effort from Garrett Grantham the Bobcats could draw no closer than six at 90-84 before the Rams were able to capitalize from the free throw line securing the 99-90 victory.
Thompson would lead all Bobcat scorers with 20 and senior Brett Ervin would follow with 17. Grantham and Aleksandar Djordjevic would provide sparks off the bench and include themselves as two of the six Bobcats to reach double digits. Tallying the most minutes at 36 for the evening, senior Ray Warren would have a season high nine assists with only two turnovers despite a poor night from the field. The Rams would place five guys in double digits in a well balanced attack. Austin Cunningham would have a game high23 leading Shepherd.
The Men will travel to Cal-Pa. Saturday. Game time is slated for 3pm.