BUCKHANNON – Another game, another double-double for West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat senior forward Tanner McGrew.
McGrew, who led the Mountain East Conference in double-doubles prior to the Bobcats' home game today Virginia-Wise, picked up his league-leading ninth double-double with a 21-point, 18-rebound effort in a 74-59 victory.
The 18 rebounds gave McGrew an average of 12.6 per game which lands him on top of the MEC and fifth nationally. McGrew could move up the national rebounding list when the new statistics are released on Monday.
Wesleyan trailed just once during the game and that was very early oin when they were down 5-4 after three minutes of action.
Ja'Sahn Johnson flipped in two free throws and McGrew made a jumper and a lay-up and the Bobcats were off and running with a 10-5 lead.
Wesleyan led 24-15 with three minutes remaining in the opening half before going on an 8-0 run.
Virginia-Wise opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers to trim the deficit to 31-21, but Anthony Richards fired in a trey to push the Wesleyan lead back to 13 at 34-21 with two minutes gone in the second half.
A Dewberry three-pointer gave Wesleyan a 50-37 lead with 8:55 remaining as Wesleyan continued to hold a comfortable lead in the second half.
An Aleksandar Djordjevic lay-up gave Wesleyan its biggest lead of the game, 23 points at 72-49, with 41 seconds remaining.
Virginia-Wise ended the game on a 10-2 run.
Wesleyan shot 48 percent from the floor hitting on 24 of their 50 attempts.
The 'Cats held Virginia-Wise to a 39.6 percent night from the floor as they connected on 19 of 48 shots.
Wesleyan owned a 37-26 rebound advantage.
The 'Cats only had eight turnovers in the win.
Dewberry added 15 points while Garrett Grantham added 13 and Price tacked on 10.
The win improved Gary Nottingham's team to 8-10 overall and 6-6 in the MEC.
Virginia-Wise fell to 1-16 overall and 0-12 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will return to action Thursday when they travel to Concord for a 7:30 p.m. MEC battle.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)