Bobcats Fall to Seventh-Ranked West Liberty, 92-70

Bobcats Fall to Seventh-Ranked West Liberty, 92-70

BUCKHANNONTanner McGrew and Chris Dewberry each put in 17 points for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats against the seventh-ranked West Liberty Hilltoppers, but it wasn't enough to keep pace with the Hilltoppers as they dropped a 92-70 contest here Thursday evening.

Wesleyan had one lead in the game.

Down 6-4, Austin Shell (pictured) made a lay-up and McGrew hit a short jumper to give Wesleyan an 8-6 lead with 4:26 gone for the first-half clock.

West Liberty scored the next five to take an 11-8 lead, and it was a lead they would never relinquish.

West Liberty extended their lead to 11, at 38-27 with 5:32 left in the half, but Dewberry canned a three-pointer and Aleksandar Djordjevic made a lay-up to cut the score to 38-32.

The Hilltoppers closed the half outscoring Wesleyan by a 10-7 margin to take a 48-39 lead at the intermission.

McGrew started the second half with a lay-up and Dewberry fired in a three-pointer to bring Wesleyan to within four, at 48-44.

West Liberty outscored Wesleyan by a 7-2 margin over the next three minutes to extend their lead to 55-46 but Dewberry went inside for a lay-up to make it 55-48 game with 16:26 left in the contest.

West Liberty kept the lead at seven at 66-59, but the Hilltoppers went on a 14-2 run to take a commanding 80-61 advantage with 6:53 left in the contest.

The Hilltoppers had their biggest lead of the game with 50 seconds remaining when they led by 26 at 92-66.

Wesleyan scored the final four points of the game at the free throw line.

Shell scored 11 points for Wesleyan while Djordjevic, Anthony Richards and Ja'Sahn Johnson each had six points.

The Bobcats shot 57.5 percent from the floor (23-for-40) but West Liberty was even better at 62.1 percent (36-for-58).

Prior to the game, Wesleyan recognized their three seniors – Tanner McGrew, Austin Shell and Taylor Price.

The win improved West Liberty to 23-2 overall and 18-2 in the Mountain East Conference.

Wesleyan fell to 11-15 overall and 9-11 in the MEC.

They will return to action Saturday when they visit Wheeling Jesuit for a 4 p.m. tip.