Grantham Scores 16 As 'Cats Down Urbana, 77-59

Grantham Scores 16 As 'Cats Down Urbana, 77-59

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan's Bobcats put five players in double figures as they eased past Urbana by a 77-59 score in a Mountain East Conference clash tonight at Rockefeller Center.

Garrett Grantham (pictured) led the Bobcats with 16 points while Mo Berchie tacked on 15, Tanner McGrew collected 12, Ja'Sahn Johnson 11 and Luke Welty came off the bench for 10.

Soren Dossing just missed reach double digits with nine points.

Grantham opened the scoring with a jumper but Carlas Jackson responded with a three-pointer for Urbana.

It was the only lead of the night for Urbana.

Johnson made two free throws and Welty canned a jumper to give Wesleyan a 6-3 advantage.

After Urbana made it a 6-5 game Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run.

Johnson made a jumper, Berchie made a couple of free throws and Grantham made consecutive baskets during the run which put Wesleyan up 14-5 with 12:10 left in the opening half.

A pair of J. R. Kerr free throws gave Wesleyan a 14-point lead, at 23-9, with 7:05 left in the half.

Wesleyan led by 13 at the break – 32-19.

The Bobcats controlled play in the second half.

A Johnson jumper at the 5:56 mark of the final period gave Wesleyan their biggest lead, at 21, 63-42.

The closest Urbana could cut into the lead was at 17 points, 74-57, following a Matt Csuhran lay-up.

Wesleyan ended the game on a 5-2 run.

The Bobcats shot 53 percent from the floor making good on 26 of their 49 field goal attempts.

Wesleyan also owned a 36-26 edge in rebounding.

The Bobcats of head coach Gary Nottingham are now 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will return to action this Wednesday when they host Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.


(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)