McGrew's Double-Double Not Enough as 'Cats Fall to WJU

McGrew's Double-Double Not Enough as 'Cats Fall to WJU

WHEELING – Following three straight games without a double-double, West Virginia Wesleyan senior forward Tanner McGrew was back to his old self after posting his Mountain East Conference leading 15th double-double with a 24-point, 12-rebound effort against the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals in a Mountain East Conference clash here Monday night.

McGrew's double-double was one of the few highlights for Wesleyan as they dropped a 96-71 decision.

Wesleyan never led in the contest.

Wheeling Jesuit jumped into a 12-2 lead after four minutes and Wesleyan was never able to recover.

Down 24-9, Wesleyan's Anthony Richards fired in consecutive three-pointers to close the gap to nine, at 24-15, with 9:37 left in the first half.

Wheeling Jesuit pushed their lead to 41-27 but McGrew made a lay-up and Chris Dewberry nailed a short jumper to bring Wesleyan to with 10, at 41-31, with 4:27 remaining in the half.

Wheeling Jesuit held that 10-point lead at the half, up by a 50-40 score.

The Cardinals opened the second half with a basket, but Ja'Sahn Johnson scored on a jumper, McGrew went inside for a lay-up, and after another Wheeling Jesuit basket, Garrett Grantham unleashed a three-pointer to bring Wesleyan to within seven, at 54-47.

Wesleyan wouldn't get any closer though as Wheeling Jesuit went on an 8-0 run to take a 62-47 advantage at the 15:09 mark.

Wheeling Jesuit would outscore Wesleyan the rest of the way by a 34-24 margin.

Grantham was the only other Bobcat to reach double digits as he scored 16 points.

Dewberry and Johnson each had eight points.

Wesleyan shot the ball at a 53.1 clip but Wheeling Jesuit was even better from the field shooting 56.9 percent.

Wesleyan outrebounded Wheeling Jesuit by a 28-26 margin.

The loss dropped Wesleyan to 11-16 overall and 9-12 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will wrap up their regular season this Saturday at Glenville State.

Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.