BUCKHANNON – Points were at a premium for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in their Mountain East Conference game today with the University of Charleston Golden Eagles at Rockefeller Center.
The Bobcats scored a season low 45 points in a 53-45 setback.
The first half was especially a struggle for the Bobcats as they made just four baskets on 22 attempts for a shooting percentage of 18.2 percent. They were also 0-for-6 from the three-point stripe in the first half.
It was the fourth straight loss from Gary Nottingham's squad as they dropped their record to 9-6 overall and 4-5 in the MEC.
Charleston improved to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in the MEC.
Soren Dossing made a lay-up to give Wesleyan a 2-0 lead, and after a Charleston basket, Dossing made a jumper and Tanner McGrew knocked down a free throw to give Wesleyan an early 5-2 lead with four minutes gone in the first half.
A pair of Ja'Sahn Johnson free throws kept Wesleyan up by three, at 9-6, at the 14:37 mark.
It was the last lead Wesleyan would enjoy as Charleston ran off the next nine points for a 15-9 advantage with 10:05 remaining in the opening half.
Up 17-10, McGrew made a lay-up to cut the lead to five at 17-12, but Wesleyan would go scoreless over the next seven minutes as Charleston opened up a 21-12 lead.
Garrett Grantham ended the drought with a pair of free throws that made it a 21-14 game with 1:44 left in the half.
Charleston took a 24-16 lead into the break.
The Golden Eagles scored the first six points of the second half before McGrew made a jumper to make it a 30-18 game.
Charleston scored the next six points, but Wesleyan countered with a 7-0 run with Mo Berchie (pictured) making a lay-up, McGrew going inside for two points, Grantham making a jumper and Dossing hitting a free throw.
That made it a 36-25 game with 10:29 remaining.
With Charleston up 44-31 with 6:14 left, McGrew made a free throw and Fred Brondsted unleased a three-pointer to close it to 44-35 with 3:23 left.
Down by 10, at 50-40, with 49 seconds left, Brondsted fired in another three to bring Wesleyan to with seven, at 50-43.
A McGrew jumper made it a 51-45 game with 12 seconds left, but the 'Cats ran out of time as Charleston escaped with an eight-point win.
McGrew recorded his MEC leading ninth double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Following McGrew in the scoring column were Brondsted with nine points and Berchie with six.
Wesleyan will return to action this Monday when they host West Virginia State at 7 p.m.