PORTSMOUTH (Ohio) – The offensive woes of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat basketball team continued here tonight in a non-conference game with Shawnee State.
The 'Cats dropped a 62-52 decision.
It's the sixth time in their nine games that the 'Cats have been held under the 60-point mark.
Wesleyan shot just 36.4 percent from the floor making good on 20 of their 55 attempts and was just 10-for-31 (32.3 percent) from beyond the three-point stripe.
Chris Dewberry was the lone Bobcat to reach double digits as he scored a game-high 24 points.
Tanner McGrew pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with five points.
Down 11-6 after nine minutes of action, Wesleyan's offense started to click as they found a rhythm from the three-point stripe.
Dewberry and Anthony Richards fired off treys to give Wesleyan its first lead at 12-11 and then Dewberry stroked in two more three pointers to up the Bobcat lead to 18-11.
Sean Elliot made a three for Shawnee State, but Richards made another three and Dewberry popped in a jumper to extend the Wesleyan lead to 23-14 with 7:15 showing on the first-half clock.
Shawnee State closed the half with a 17-5 run though to take a 31-28 lead at the intermission.
Wesleyan took its only lead in the second half when Garrett Grantham made a free throw to make it a 36-35 game with 16:50 remaining.
Shawnee State rattled off the next seven points to take a 42-36 advantage.
A Dewberry three brought Wesleyan to within three at 42-39 but the 'Cats couldn't any closer the rest of the way.
Shawnee State's biggest lead in the second half was 15 points at 54-39 with 8:46 remaining.
Shawnee State improved to 5-7.
Wesleyan dropped to 2-7.
They will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 20 when they entertain Shaw University at 4 p.m.