Photography by Pete Galarneau, Jr.
Buckhannon, W. Va. --The Wesleyan Men's and Women's Basketball teams both suffered losses to the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets Monday evening in MEC play at Fleming Hall. The Women's team was downed 73-58 as the Yellow Jackets' Lexy Carson dropped a game high 30 points in the affair and the Men's team watched five West Virginia State players reach double digits in the scoring column as they, too, were defeated somewhat handily 82-64.
In the Women's matchup, the Lady Bobcats were unable to avenge the wrong end of a 15-2 start. The Yellow Jackets would use several runs to take a 39-24 advantage in to the locker room. Wesleyan's Lauren Graham would have nine of her 14 total points knocking down two of her three long range shots to go along with Allie Browne's seven first half points to lead the Bobcats.
Wesleyan would match up evenly against the Yellow Jackets in the second half as both teams scored 34 points respectively. The Bobcats' KiKi DeVane added all 10 of her points to accompany her 14 rebounds giving her a third double-double on the season and Browne added the rest of her 14, matching Graham to lead the Bobcats. The show, however, belonged to the Jackets' Carson as she scored 18 of her 30 points in the second half pinning the loss on the Bobcats.
The Men's tilt saw a balanced scoring attack from West Virginia State push past a Bobcat team that struggled to score from the floor shooting a rough 34% from the field. A Tanner McGrew layup would give Wesleyan it's only lead at 21-19 with 10:01 left in the first half but an 8-0 run before the end of the half as the score was tied 28-28 would give the Yellow Jackets the lead and the momentum going in to the second period.
Wesleyan would score the first bucket of the second half on a Aleksandar Djordjevic layup then another layup, after the teams traded punches, at the 13:29 mark by Djordjevic would draw the Bobcats as close as they would get at 46-42. West Virginia State would slowly extend the gap, finishing the Bobcats 82-64. Wesleyan would be led by Chris Dewberry's 16 points on his 4-10 shooting from behind the arc and senior T.J. Thompson would chime in with 13 of his own. West Virginia State outrebounded the 'Cats 42-31 but the true difference was the successful shooting of the Yellow Jackets that provided the upset.
The Women's team falls to 2-8, 0-6 in the MEC on the season as the Men drop to 8-6, 3-3 in the Mountain East. Both teams are back in action Thursday as they travel to Notre Dame (OH) before playing host to West Liberty Saturday at Rockefeller Center. The Women are scheduled to start at 5:30 and the Men will follow afterwards.