BUCKHANNON – For the first 10 minutes the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats looked like they were going to run away with their Mountain East Conference contest against the Concord University Mt. Lions today at Rockefeller Center.
The 'Cats roared out to a 17-4 lead at the midway point of the first half, but it all went south in a hurry for Wesleyan.
Concord outscored Wesleyan in the final 10 minutes of the opening period by a 22-3 score to take a 26-20 lead at the intermission.
They went on to ease past Wesleyan by a 54-41 score.
The loss left Wesleyan with a 2-6 overall mark and a 1-3 in the MEC.
Concord improved to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the MEC.
Wesleyan couldn't have started the game any better as Garrett Grantham dropped in a jumper, Chris Dewberry drained a three-pointer and Tanner McGrew tossed in two free throws to treat the Bobcats to a quick 7-0 lead.
Mike Boyd put Concord on the board at the 17:22 mark but McGrew scored in the paint, Grantham knocked down two foul shots and Austin Shell made a lay-up to give Wesleyan a 13-2 advantage with 14:32 showing on the clock.
Jametrius Wade stopped the run for Concord with a jumper, but Shell scored another lay-up and Taylor Price canned a jumper to put Wesleyan up by that 17-4 score.
Concord completely flipped the script on Wesleyan after that.
The Mt. Lions scored the next seven before McGrew flipped in a short jumper to make the score 19-11 with 5:52 left in the opening period.
The only score the Bobcats would get the rest of the half was a free throw by Shell.
Concord extended their lead to 10 early in the second half but Dewberry unleashed a three-pointer to bring Wesleyan to within seven at 34-27 with 15:24 remaining.
Dewberry again kept the Wesleyan deficit at seven with a lay-up that made the score 38-31 with 13:13 remaining.
Wesleyan couldn't any closer than seven points though as Concord outscored them the rest of the way by a 16-10 margin.
Dewberry was the lone Bobcat to reach double digits as he scored 12 points.
Grantham added nine points, five assists and five steals.
McGrew tallied seven points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Wesleyan was outrebounded by a 40-33 margin.
The 'Cats shot just 25 percent from the floor hitting on 12 of their 48 shots.
Concord shot 43.4 percent making good on 23 of their 53 shots.
Wesleyan will return to action Wednesday when they travel to Shawnee State for a non-conference game.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Sam Santilli)