'Cats Win Two In A Row with 80-64 Victory over Notre Dame

'Cats Win Two In A Row with 80-64 Victory over Notre Dame
BUCKHANNON -- The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats picked up a huge 80-64 home win over the Notre Dame Falcons here Thursday night in a Mountain East Conference contest.
 
Wesleyan put together an absolutely incredible shooting night for the win.
 
The Bobcats shot a season-high 68 percent from the floor hitting on 30 of their 44 field goal attempts.
The 80 points scored is also a season-high for the 'Cats.
 
Tanner McGrew continued his strong play with another huge double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
 
Including McGrew, the Bobcats had five players reach double digits in scoring.
 
Taylor Price added 16 points, Garrett Grantham added 13, Aleksandar Djordjevic chipped in 11 and Ja'Sahn Johnson put in 10.

Notre Dame never led in the contest.

Price and McGrew started the game with a pair of lay-ups to give Wesleyan a 4-0 advantage and the Bobcats were off and running.

Still leading by three at 10-7, Johnson and McGrew nailed short jumpers and Price put in a lay-up to extend Wesleyan's lead to 16-7 with 12:44 left in the first half.

Wesleyan opened up their biggest lead in the first half at 14 points, 33-19, after Anthony Richards (pictured) dropped in a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the half.

Notre Dame scored the last three baskets in the half to close the score to 33-27 at the intermission.

Wesleyan stormed out in the second half on fire as they went on a 21-6 run.

McGrew's jumper at the 11:19 mark pushed Wesleyan's lead to 21 at 54-33.

Wesleyan wasn't initially able to put Notre Dame away.

The Bobcats got sloppy with the ball and allowed Notre Dame to outscore them by a 27-15 margin to bring their deficit to single digits at eight, at 69-61, with three minutes remaining.

Notre Dame couldn't get any closer though as Wesleyan was solid at the free throw line down the stretch, outscoring the Falcons by an 11-3 margin in the final three minutes.

Wesleyan improved to 3-4 in the MEC and 5-8 overall.

They will return to action this Saturday against West Liberty. West Liberty is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The game is scheduled for 4 p.m.