Bobcats' Five-Game Winning Streak Ends With 87-71 Loss

Bobcats' Five-Game Winning Streak Ends With 87-71 Loss

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball five-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night against Notre Dame in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

The Bobcats dropped an 87-71 decision to the Falcons.

The loss dropped the 'Cats to 9-3 overall and 4-2 in the MEC.

Notre Dame improved to 9-3 overall and 2-3 in the MEC.

Down 4-3 early, Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run.

Ja'Sahn Johnson flipped in a short jumper, Fred Brondsted (pictured) uncorked a three-pointer and Tanner McGrew tossed in a free throw and later a jumper during the run, which put Wesleyan up by an 11-4 score with 3:35 gone in the first half.

Following a Notre Dame basket, McGrew turned in an old-fashioned three-point play to increase the Bobcat lead to eight, at 14-6.

A Soren Dossing three-pointer kept the Bobcat lead at eight, at 19-11, with 12:55 remaining in the half.

Notre Dame went on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 20-19 lead.

The two teams would trade the lead back-and-fourth the rest of the half with Notre Dame holding a 41-37 advantage at the intermission.

Mo Berchie popped in a short jumper to keep Wesleyan down by four at 45-41 with 1:26 gone for the second-half clock, but Wesleyan couldn't get any closer as Notre Dame controlled play the rest of the way.

Notre Dame's biggest lead in the second half grew to 17 points, as they led the Bobcats by a 66-49 score at the 9:01 mark.

McGrew paced Wesleyan with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Brondsted had 15 points and Berchie added 10.

Wesleyan will return to action this Sunday when they host Wheeling Jesuit at 4 p.m.