Philippi, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Wesleyan Men's Basketball team was defeated 77-72 at the hands of Alderson-Broaddus Wednesday night at Rex Pyles Arena. The Battlers used a strong 29 point outburst by Malcomb Tatum in the victory to end the four game winning streak of the Bobcats.
The Bobcats claimed the early 2-0 lead on an Aleksandar Djordjevic layup then two three's, one by T.J. Thompson and the other by Brett Ervin tied the Battler's up at 8-8 before AB would use an 11-2 run to claim a 19-10 lead that would never be relinquised by the Battlers. Thompson would do his best to keep the Bobcats in the game going 3-4 behind the arc, collecting 11 of his team high 17 points in the first half. Senior guard Ray Warren did an excellent job against the Battler D as he and his teammates compiled a season low four team turnovers while managing seven assists. At the end of the first 20 minutes the Battlers would hold a 39-31 advantage after, with only six seconds left, Warren raced down the floor, weaving his way through AB defenders capitalizing with an acrobatic layup giving the Bobcats some momentum in to the locker room.
The Bobcats started the second half with the possession arrow and Thompson banged in a three drawing the 'Cats closer at 34-39 in hopes of igniting an explosive second half but it just was not meant to be. AB would answer with a 7-0 run pushing the Battler lead to 46-34 before extending it to 58-38 with 8:45 left in the contest. Wesleyan would up the tempo, creating some Battler turnovers and giving their best effort retrieving the game back to 68-58 with 1:50 remaining. A solid effort from the line, however, would hold the Battler lead just out of striking distance as the 'Cats simply just ran out of time finishing the game five down at 72-77.
Three Bobcats would find double-digits in Warren, Thompson, and Djordjevic as well as Chris Dewberry adding nine points in nine minutes off the bench going 3-5 from deep. With the loss the Bobcats drop to 5-5 and are now headed to the Puerto Rico Invitational starting December 16th. During the Invitational, the Bobcats will have two games as well as an Off-day for the team to spend a day learning the culture. The team will retrurn the 20th then head in to Christmas break before returning to the hardwood January 4th at home as they host the Charleston Golden Eagles. Tip-off is slated for 4pm, after the Women's tilt.