INDIANA (Pa.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball team put up a good fight against the 20th-ranked Indiana (Pa.) Crimson Hawks, but ultimately dropped a 57-41 decision.
Things started off very well for the Bobcats as a Chris Dewberry three-pointer gave Wesleyan an early 7-4 lead. After a basket by I.U.P., Dewberry drained another trey to up Wesleyan's advantage to 10-6.
An Austin Shell dunk kept Wesleyan in the lead at 17-15 with 8:52 remaining in the first half.
I.U.P. though closed on a 9-4 run to take a 24-21 lead in the intermission.
Wesleyan would never recapture the lead in the second half.
I.U.P opened up the second half with a 9-2 jaunt to take a 10-point lead at 33-23.
Shell scored a lay-up and Anthony Richards unleashed a three-pointer to bring Wesleyan to within five at 33-28.
A Tanner McGrew lay-up made it a 37-30 score, but I.U.P scored the next ten points to take a commanding 47-30 lead with 6:30 remaining.
The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way as I.U.P won by 16.
The Bobcats failed to get anybody in double-digits as Dewberry led the way with nine points while McGrew and Shell each had eight.
Wesleyan shot 32 percent from the floor making good on 15 of their 47 field goals.
McGrew pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
Wesleyan (1-2) will return to the court this Saturday when they open up Mountain East Conference play against Fairmont State at 4 p.m.