'Cats Lose MEC Opener to Fairmont State, 78-61

'Cats Lose MEC Opener to Fairmont State, 78-61

FAIRMONT – After averaging 84 points in their first two games of the season, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats were held to an early-season low of 61 points as they dropped a 78-61 decision to the Fairmont State Falcons here today in their Mountain East Conference opener at Joe Retton Arena.

Wesleyan trailed early by a 7-2 score, but Tanner McGrew turned in an old-fashioned three-pointer and Mo Berchie went inside for two points to deadlock the game at 7-7 with 4:34 elapsed from the game.

Following a Fairmont State basket, Fred Brondsted handed Wesleyan the lead at 10-9 with a three-pointer and McGrew muscled inside for two points to treat Wesleyan to a 12-9 lead at the 14:11 mark of the first half.

Over the next nine minutes, Fairmont State outscored Wesleyan 15-11 to take a 24-23 lead with 5:33 showing on the clock.

Fairmont State scored seven straight points to open up a 31-23 advantage before Berchie made a lay-up to end the run at the 3:59 mark.

The Falcons closed the half on an 8-4 run to take a 39-29 lead into the intermission.

McGrew started the second half with a lay-up, and after two Falcon free throws, Brondsted uncorked a three-pointer followed by Garrett Grantham's trey that brought Wesleyan to within four points, at 41-37, three minutes gone from the second half clock.

Wesleyan couldn't get any closer as Fairmont State pushed their lead out to 19 at one point in the game.

McGrew led the Bobcats with 18 points and six rebounds.

Berchie scored 11 points while Grantham tallied 10 and Brondsted and Chris Dewberry each scored nine.

The Wesleyan starters accounted for 57 of the 61 points scored.

The Bobcats are now 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the MEC.

They will return to action this Monday when they visit Shepherd for a MEC contest at 7:30 p.m.