BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan senior forward Tanner McGrew (pictured) reached a career milestone of scoring a 1,000 points during the Bobcats' meeting with the No. 1 West Liberty Hilltoppers Wednesday night in a Mountain East Conference contest.
McGrew had another double-double in his historic game, scoring 15 points and hauling down 20 rebounds.
Wesleyan put up a game fight against the top team in the nation, but ultimately dropped a 67-54 decision.
The Bobcats fell behind early 9-0, but a Soren Dossing three-pointer put Wesleyan on the board at the 16:11 mark.
Down 14-3, Wesleyan went on a 10-0 run.
Clay Todd made a three-pointer, J.R. Kerr downed a 12-footer, Fred Brondsted uncorked a three-pointer and McGrew popped in a short jumper to bring Wesleyan to within one, at 14-13, with 9:19 left in the opening half.
West Liberty would push their lead back to six, at 24-18, but Dossing unleashed another three-pointer to make it a 24-21 game with 4:32 left in the first half.
West Liberty ended the half on a 10-1 run to take a 34-22 lead into the intermission.
Wesleyan scored the first five points of the second half on a McGrew jumper, a Mo Berchie free throw and jumper to close the gap to seven, at 34-27.
A Garrett Grantham floater kept Wesleyan down by at seven, at 44-37, with 10:39 left in the contest.
Wesleyan couldn't get any closer than those seven points as West Liberty outscored Wesleyan by a 23-17 margin in the final 10 minutes of action.
Following McGrew in the scoring column for the Bobcats were Grantham and Dossing who both had nine points.
Wesleyan outrebounded West Liberty by a 41-38 margin.
The loss was the third in a row for the Bobcats as they lowered their record to 9-5 overall and 4-4 in the MEC.
They will return to action this Saturday when they host the University of Charleston at 4 p.m.