Dewberry's 25 Points Leads 'Cats in 85-68 Win Over State

Dewberry's 25 Points Leads 'Cats in 85-68 Win Over State

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats put together one of their finest shooting games of the year here today on the road against the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets in an 86-58 victory.

The 'Cats shot the ball at an amazing 76.2 percent in the first half making 16 of their 21 field goal attempts.

For the game they shot the ball at 64.6 percent (31-for-48).

The win was the second straight for the 'Cats as they improved to 10-13 overall and 8-9 in the MEC.

Chris Dewberry (pictured) scored a game-high 25 points on an 8-for-12 shooting night including a red-hot six-for-seven from three-point land.

Tanner McGrew added another double-double to his stat sheet with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Garrett Grantham and Austin Shell were the other two Bobcat to reach double digits. Grantham scored 16 points and added five rebounds and four assists while Shell tallied 10 points and pulled down six rebounds.

State was able to hang around in the first half and actually led early by a 5-2 score, but Ja'Sahn Johnson made two free throws, McGrew put in a jumper and Grantham capped a 7-0 run with a long-range three-pointer that put the 'Cats ahead by a 9-5 score.

State came back to tie the contest at 28-28 but McGrew made back-to-back lay-ups and Dewberry knocked down a free throw to treat Wesleyan to a 33-28 advantage with 4:50 left in the half.

The 'Cats would never give back the lead after that.

Wesleyan ended the first half outscoring State by an 8-6 margin to take a 41-34 lead into the break.

The second half was dominated by Wesleyan. Dewberry started the session with a three to give the 'Cats a 44-34 lead and they were off and running.

A Dewberry three-pointer pushed Wesleyan's lead over the 20-point mark, at 65-43, with 11:44 to go in the contest.

The biggest lead for Wesleyan in the second half was 30, at 84-56, with two minutes remaining.

Wesleyan outscored State by a 45-24 margin in the second half.

The 'Cats will now be idle until Thursday when they travel to Notre Dame College.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.