FAIRMONT – Senior Chris Dewberry (pictured) had a game that he won't soon forget as he helped lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to an 83-76 overtime victory against the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions Saturday evening in the Joe Retton Classic at Fairmont State University.
Dewberry scored a game-high 34 points including hitting a three-pointer at the end of regulation with a defender in his face to send the game into the overtime session.
Dewberry was 12-for-20 from the field and an impressive five-for-eight from behind the three-point arc.
He also had four rebounds, two assists and one steal in the victory.
Tanner McGrew scored a lay-up to get things started, and after a Lion basket, Dewberry scored Wesleyan's next seven points and they opened up an early 9-5 lead with 5:23 ticked off the first-half clock.
Tilen Kodrin put in a lay-up and Dewberry fired in a trey and then a jumper as Wesleyan extended their lead to 16-5 with seven minutes gone in the first half.
A Dewberry three-pointer pushed Wesleyan's lead to 12, at 28-16, with 5:57 showing in the first half.
Wesleyan head a 10-point lead at the half, 37-27.
Dewberry had 22 of Wesleyan's 37 first-half points.
A pair of Garrett Grantham free throws pushed Wesleyan's lead to 15, at 50-35, with 11:25 left in the game.
Desperate to get back into the game, Lincoln went into press mode and took their first lead of the game on a Quaman Burton lay-up at 67-66 with 1:41 left in the game.
Two free throws by Burton put the Lions ahead 69-66 with 48 seconds remaining.
Following a missed shot by Wesleyan and a turnover by Lincoln, Grantham found a cutting Dewberry who drained a three-pointer to deadlock the game at 69-69 and force an overtime session.
McGrew took over the game for Wesleyan in the overtime period as Wesleyan started the frame on an 8-0 run.
McGrew sent down an thunderous dunk, and after Grantham made a jumper, McGrew made a lay-up and put back a tip-in to give Wesleyan a 77-69 lead with 1:39 left in the overtime period.
Lincoln could never getter close than five points during the final minute and Wesleyan won the game by seven – 83-76.
McGrew was the only other Bobcat to reach double digits in scoring as he poured in 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Wesleyan shot 58 percent from the floor hitting on 30 of their 52 shots.
The Bobcats improved their record to 2-0 overall.
They will be idle until next Saturday when they open up MEC play at Fairmont State.
The game will tip-off at 4 p.m.