WISE, Va. – Chris Dewberry scored 21 points and Tanner McGrew poured in 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a 65-44 win over the homestanding Virginia-Wise Cavaliers here Thursday night in a Mountain East Conference tilt.
The win was the second of the year for the 'Cats of head coach Gary Nottingham as they improved their record to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the MEC.
Dewberry started the scoring with a jumper, but Brian Sydnor canned a three-pointer for Virginia-Wise to give them a 3-2 lead. It was the only lead the Cavaliers would have during the game.
Garrett Grantham hit a jump shot to restore the lead to the 'Cats at 4-3 and Wesleyan never looked back.
Wesleyan scored the next 10 points to take a commanding 14-3 advantage.
Wesleyan went on a six-minute scoreless streak as the Cavaliers cut the Bobcat lead to 14-10 with 6:39 remaining in the first half.
McGrew ended the drought with a jumper, Dewberry scored an old-fashioned three-pointer after being fouled on his shot and Austin Shell canned two free throws to up the Wesleyan lead to 21-10 with 3:50 left in the half.
Virginia-Wise closed it to 23-17 but Dewberry hit a three-pointer to end the first-half and treat Wesleyan to a 26-17 score at the break.
Virginia-Wise used the first four minutes of the second half to close the score to 32-28 but Ja'Sahn Johnson and Dewberry made consecutive jumpers to give Wesleyan a 36-28 advantage.
Wesleyan remained up by eight at 42-34 before the 'Cats reeled of the next eight points to take a 16-point lead at 50-34 with seven minutes left.
The 'Cats coasted the rest of the way outscoring Virginia-Wise by a 15-10 score.
Wesleyan shot a red-hot 51 percent, connecting on 26 of their 51 shots.
They limited Virginia-Wise to only 25.4 percent from the floor as they made good on 15 of their 59 shots.
Wesleyan will return to action Sunday when they host Concord at 4 p.m.