Pioneers Spoil Bobcats Senior Day

Pioneers Spoil Bobcats Senior Day

Photography by Laurie Thompson

Buckhannon, W.Va. --  The West Virginia Wesleyan College basketball teams were in action Saturday afternoon in their last regular season home tilt verse the Glenville State Pioneers.  The Pioneers won both contests as the Women's game finished 88-80 while the Men's contest finished 78-58.  

It was senior day for lone senior, Morgan Hobbs as she earned the start verse the conference number one Pioneers.  She gave the team an added boost as the Bobcats stood toe to toe with the league-leading Pioneers but in the end Wesleyan would succomb to the pressure of Glenville State amassing 25 total turnovers that proved to be the difference.  The Bobcats were led by Chloe Bland's double-double 23 points and 16 rebounds, Brittany Williams had 12 points and Allie Browne had 11.  Lauren Graham would add 10 of her own points off the bench for the 'Cats while junior KiKi DeVane tallied a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.    

Wesleyan would be down only nine at the half and win the second half by one point but a balanced attack from the Pioneers led by Kenyell Goodson, who scored 17 off the bench for Glenville State, would just prove to be too much in the end.  With the loss the Bobcats will travel to Fairmont State to do battle with the Falcons in the first round of the MEC tournament.  Gametime is set for Monday with the time TBA.

In the Men's battle a hungry Pioneer team would capitalize on a poor Bobcat shooting effort as Glenville would handily take a victory from the Bobcats, 78-58.  The Bobcats would be led by Tanner McGrew off the bench with 17 points while Chris Dewberry would follow in with 14 connecting on 3-6 from three.  Glenville was paced by their big man in the middle, Lamar Mallory, as he topped all scorers with 20 points on 10-14 shooting with a couple of monsterous dunks.  

The Pioneers controlled things for most of the game as they jumped out to a 13 point lead by halftime.  A defensive match-up zone frustrated seniors Brett Ervin and T.J. Thompson while other Bobcat senior Ray Warren only saw 10 minutes of action.  With the loss and the way the conference played out today, the Bobcats wind up at 5th in the Mountain East and will host the Urbana Blue Knights in the first round of the MEC tournament Tuesday evening at Rockefeller Center.  Gametime is TBA.