FAIRMONT -- The West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball team held off a pesky Shaw University squad for an 85-82 victory in their season debut today in the Retton Classic at Fairmont State University.
Pre-season All-American Tanner McGrew led the Bobcats with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Including McGrew, all five starters reached double digits in scoring.
Wesleyan trailed 9-6 early but outscored Shaw by an 18-8 margin over the next eight minutes to take a 24-17 lead.
Shaw went on an 8-0 run to retake the lead at 25-24 with 5:29 remaining in the first half.
Still down by one late in the first half, Dewberry drained a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to treat Wesleyan to a 35-33 lead at the half.
With the Bobcats nursing a 42-41 lead three minutes into the second half, they went on an 11-0 run to open up a 53-41 advantage.
McGrew made two free throws and then scored a lay-up, Brondsted unleashed a three-pointer, McGrew came back with a jumper and Kodrin popped in a jumper during the run.
A Todrin jumper extended Wesleyan's lead to 13 at 61-48 at the 10-minute mark.
Shaw whittled the lead down to 62-59 with seven minutes remaining but Berchie turned in a three-point play after being fouled on his lay-up that pushed the Wesleyan advantage to five at 64-59 with 6:43 remaining.
Shaw went on a 12-4 run over the next three minutes to take a 71-68 lead with 3:42 showing on the second-half clock.
Wesleyan responded with an 11-0 run over the next over the next three minutes to take a 79-71 lead.
McGrew made a lay-up, Dewberry sank two free throws, McGrew tossed in two more foul shots, Grantham uncorked a trey and Berchie downed two foul shots during the run.
Joshua Cassady put in a tip-in for Shaw but Brondsted countered with a lay-up to keep Wesleyan ahead by eight at 81-73 with 43 seconds remaining.
Shaw went on a 7-1 run over the next 30 seconds to close the gap to 82-80 game with 11 seconds remaining.
Dewberry was fouled with 10 seconds left and made both high-pressure free throws to give Wesleyan an 84-80 lead.
Rob Moore put in a lay-up for Shaw with seven seconds left to make it an 84-82 game.
Shaw fouled Berchie who made one-of-two at the line to give Wesleyan an 85-82 advantage with five seconds left.
Shaw's David Madol managed to get off a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the ball missed its mark as Wesleyan held on to win by three.
Wesleyan shot 54 percent from the floor (27-for-50) and 78 percent from the free throw line (25-for-32).
Wesleyan (1-0) will now play Lincoln (Pa.) Saturday at 5 p.m. in the final day of the Retton Classic.