Basketball 'Cats Fall to Concord, 66-61

Basketball 'Cats Fall to Concord, 66-61

ATHENSTanner McGrew recorded his league-leading 10th double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds and Taylor Price (pictured) scored a game-high 21 points, but it wasn't enough to lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a road win against the Concord Mountain Lions here Thursday night in a Mountain East Conference tilt.

The Bobcats dropped a 66-61 affair to Concord in a game in which they never had the lead.

The loss drops the 'Cats of head coach Gary Nottingham to 8-11 overall and 6-7 in the conference play.

Concord improved to 12-6 overall and 8-5 in the league.

Wesleyan trailed by as many as 13 in the first-half.

Down by a score of 31-18, Price made a lay-up and then a jumper, and after a Paul Byrd basket for Concord, McGrew made a lay-up and then tossed in two free throws to close the gap to seven, at 33-26, with a minute remaining in the half.

Byrd knocked down a three pointer for Concord as the Mt. Lions took a 36-26 lead into the locker room.

Concord maintained an eight-point lead, at 61-53, with 4:45 left in the contest.

Price put in consecutive baskets, and after Byrd hit a shot for Concord, Price came back with a jumper and McGrew muscled his way inside for a lay-up to bring the 'Cats to within two, at 63-61 with 1:38 remaining.

Jametrius Wade made one of two at the line to give Concord a 64-61 lead with 1:20 left on the clock.

Wesleyan turned the ball over on their next possession, but still had a chance to tie on their next possession, but a Ja'Sahn Johnson three-point attempt missed its mark with eight seconds remaining.

Concord's Aaron Miller wrapped up the scoring with two free throws after the 'Cats were forced to foul after the miss.

Wesleyan shot the ball at a 42.4 percent clip hitting on 25 of their 59 shots.

Wesleyan had a season-low six turnovers in the contest.

The Bobcats will now face Fairmont State on the road this Saturday at 2 p.m.

 

(File photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)