Photography by Pete Galarneau, Jr.
Buckhannon, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan College Basketball teams split with the University of Charleston Golden Eagles this afternoon at Rockefeller Center. The Bobcat Men used a strong last nine minute surge to claim the 73-64 victory while the Women's team fell just short of a win being defeated 63-57.
In the Women's tilt the Bobcats controlled the game early earning a 27-22 advantage at the intermission. The Bobcats were paced by an exceptional off the bench performance by Adrian Cunningham as she scored 10 points on 4-4 shooting from the field and 2-3 from the charity stripe. Wesleyan collected seven steals on 12 first half Golden Eagle turnovers, however three personal fouls on leading scorer Brittany Williams would come back and haunt the Bobcats with her lack of presence in the second half.
After the break, the Golden Eagles erupted for 41 second half points starting the period on an 11-3 run to claim a 33-30 lead. The game would teeter-totter back and forth as neither team was able to pull a head until Charleston found a 6-0 run late in the game pushing the Golden Eagles in front 58-52. A LaFatima Gray lay-up and a Lauren Graham three, however, pulled the Bobcats back to within one but that is as close as they would get as Charleston would hold off the Bobcats 63-57.
The Men's contest would start out slow as both teams seemed a bit sluggish coming out of Christmas break. The hot shooting hands of the Bobcats started out cool as Wesleyan would go 13-28 from the field tallying 31 points in the first period. Keeping pressure on the defense, freshman Aleksandar Djordjevic found light down the lanes of the Golden Eagle defense scoring nine of his 11 points in the first half. A late spurt by Charleston, however, would propel the Golden Eagles to a 34-31 lead.
A slower than usual pace of play continued until about the 8:20 mark in the 2nd period when the Bobcats found themselves down 54-48. A loose ball fought for and pounced on by team sparkplug, Tanner McGrew, ignited the Bobcat bench and crowd that changed the entire complexion of the game. An 11-2 Bobcat run capped off by two Chris Dewberry three pointers followed shortly thereafter and gave Wesleyan their first lead of the second half that they would not relinquish. Charleston would rally but McGrew's three pointer and poster dunk would slam the door shut on the Golden Eagles as the Bobcats would hold on and claim the 73-64 victory.
Dewberry would lead five Bobcat scorers with 16 in another balanced attacked for Wesleyan. The Bobcats would also capitalize on only six total turnovers and controlling a slight 29-26 rebounding edge. Both teams will head to West Virginia State Monday to do battle with the Yellow Jackets. The Women's game is at 3pm and the Men will follow.