BUCKHANNON – Tanner 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.
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.