Photography by Pete Galarneau, Jr.
Buckhannon, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan Basketball teams were in action Thursday evening as they hosted the UVa-Wise Cavaliers. In the Women's tilt the Bobcats fell 53-43, however the Men's team was able to pull off an upset defeating the Cavs 74-63 handing the UVa-Wise Men not only their first MEC loss, but also their first overall loss of the season.
The Women's side found three Cavaliers in double-digits on the evening led by Taylor Sandidge and her 17 points. The Bobcats were paced by KiKi DeVane and her 11 points to go with her 11 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Wesleyan was plagued by 16 turnovers on the evening making it difficult to stay in the game. Allie Browne's five assists led all players and the Bobcats were able to out rebound the Cavs but poor shooting from the floor and a 5-15 effort from the line hindered a Wesleyan comeback.
The Cavs took a 27-20 advantage in to the locker room and finished off the second half outscoring the Bobcats 26-23. The victory moves the Cavs to 6-1 on the season while Wesleyan falls to 2-4.
On the Men's side, Wesleyan raced out of the gates climbing to an early lead holding UVa-Wise at arm's length. Strong perimeter shooting from T.J. Thompson and Brett Ervin would propel the 'Cats to a 14 point first half lead. Ray Warren dished out five assists to accompany his 14 points and 11 rebounds while Chris Dewberry would chime in with 10 points off the bench. Thompson's 16,however, would lead all Bobcat scorers. The Cavaliers would be led by Javon Moore and his game-high 20 points on 9-17 shooting.
After the intermission the Cavs looked to have shaken their deer in headlights look, climbing back in to the game drawing as close as six. A Bobcat controlled pace of play, however, seemed to manipulate the offensive production of the Cavs. Wesleyan used long possessions, only turning it over 10 times, to ice the Cavs down the stretch as they would shoot an impressive 19-24 from the free throw line, all coming in the second half. Garrett Grantham would add a solid 11 minutes in the second half boosting Wesleyan with his eight points, one assist, and three steals for the 'Cats at the guard position.
With the victory, Wesleyan moves back to .500 at 4-4 (1-2 MEC) while UVa-Wise drops to 4-1 (2-1 MEC). Both teams will be back in action Saturday as they prepare to do battle with the Concord Mountain Lions. The Women's Game starts at 2:00pm and the Men will follow at 4:00pm.