FAIRMONT – Chris Dewberry fired in 24 points to lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a 72-62 victory over Mercyhurst (Pa.) Saturday evening in day two of the Joe Retton Classic at Fairmont State University.
The junior guard made good on seven of his 12 field goal attempts including nailing four of seven from beyond the three-point arc and went seven of eight at the free throw line to accumulate his game-high 24 points.
The win comes after an opening day 73-54 setback to West Chester Friday night in the Retton Classic.
Mercyhurst closed the gap to 17-13 but Anthony Richards drained a three-pointer for Wesleyan to put the lead back to seven at 20-13 with 5:32 left in the first half.
Mercyhurst scored the next five points to make it a 20-18 game, but Wesleyan went on an 11-3 run to close the half and take a 10-point lead into the intermission at 31-21.
Dewberry canned a three-pointer to begin the second half and extend the Wesleyan lead to 13 at 34-21.
A trey by Richards gave Wesleyan their biggest lead at 18, 60-42, with 7:07 left in the game.
Mercyhurst whittled the lead down to six at 64-58 with 2:01 remaining, but couldn't get any closer as Wesleyan closed out the game with an 8-4 run.
Grantham and Richards reached double digits for Wesleyan scoring 13 and 12 points respectively.
Wesleyan shot 54 percent from the field hitting on 20 of their 37 shots.
The 'Cats were only 23-for-35 from the line for 65.7 percent.
Wesleyan (1-1) will return to action Wednesday at Indiana (Pa.). Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.