BUCKHANNON – A new Mountain East Conference record was set as senior forward Tanner McGrew (pictured) grabbed a game-high 25 rebounds to help lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a 69-47 win over the visiting Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals here Monday night at Rockefeller Center.
McGrew's 25 rebounds is the new standard-bearer in the 1 ½ year-old MEC.
McGrew leads the MEC in rebounding with 12.2 boards per game and may well crack the NCAA Division II top five in rebounding when the new statistics are released later this week.
McGrew also scored a game-high 14 points and added four assists, one steal and one block.
Wesleyan was also an impressive 31-of-33 at the free throw line.
The Wesleyan defense also stymied Wheeling Jesuit's high-powered offense. Jesuit averaged 80 points per game but was held to a season-low 47 points.
The game was tight in the first half.
Wheeling Jesuit grabbed an early 5-2 lead but Ja'Sahn Johnson flipped in two foul shots and McGrew made a lay-up to give Wesleyan its first lead at 6-5 with three minutes gone.
A three-pointer by Jesuit returned the lead to them at 8-6 but McGrew made a lay-up, Anthony Richards unleased a three-pointer and McGrew came back with another lay-up to treat Wesleyan to a 13-8 lead with 14:30 left.
Wesleyan would never relinquish the lead again.
Wheeling Jesuit managed to get within two several times, including after a Haywood Highsmith jumper that made the score 24-22 with 2:17 left in the half.
Aleksandar Djordjevic drained two free throws to wrap up the first-half scoring and give Wesleyan a 26-22 advantage at the break.
Wesleyan was ahead 29-27 with 2:40 gone in the second half before they went on a 10-0 run.
Johnson fired in a trey, Anthony Richards popped in a jumper, McGrew darted inside for two and Chris Dewberry nailed in a three-pointer during the run that put Wesleyan up by 12, at 39-27.
Wesleyan kept the offense going as they owned their biggest lead, at 26 (67-41) with 1:41 remaining in the contest.
Wheeling Jesuit outscored Wesleyan by a 6-2 margin the rest of the way.
Both teams shot the ball at a 34.0 percent clip.
Wheeling Jesuit was 18-for-53 from the floor while Wesleyan was 16-for-47.
The Bobcats of head coach Gary Nottingham are now 6-9 overall and 4-5 in the MEC. The 'Cats have won three of their last four games, with the lone loss coming to No. 1 West Liberty.
Wesleyan will return to action this Saturday when they travel to Urbana for a MEC clash.
Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.