Bobcats End Slide With 72-51 Win Over Yellow Jackets

Bobcats End Slide With 72-51 Win Over Yellow Jackets

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball team ended their four-game losing streak in convincing fashion with a 72-51 win over West Virginia State tonight in a Mountain East Conference clash at Rockefeller Center.

Tanner McGrew helped put the Bobcats back in win column with a 23-point, 16-rebound effort while Soren Dossing (pictured) poured in 15 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Garrett Grantham came off the bench to contribute 12 points and five assists.

Wesleyan never trailed in the contest as they raced out to an 11-0 lead.

Dossing started the game with a three-pointer, Ja'Sahn Johnson went inside for a lay-up and McGrew made consecutive lay-ups and two free throws during the run.

Up 17-8, Dossing sank another trey, Fred Brondsted uncorked a three-pointer, Tilen Kodrin put in a lay-up and Grantham drained another three for Wesleyan that gave the 'Cats a 20-point lead, at 28-8, with 8:40 remaining in the opening half.

West Virginia State closed the gap to 16 at the half, but Wesleyan still led by a 36-20 score.

West Virginia State scored the first basket of the second half, but Mo Berchie made a trey and McGrew knocked down a jumper in the paint to give Wesleyan a 41-22 advantage.

The visitors outscored Wesleyan by an 18-12 margin over the next nine minutes to make it a 53-40 contest with 9:15 left.

Wesleyan though scored the next 14 points to take a commanding 67-40 lead with 3:47 left in the game.

Grantham, Dossing and Brondsted all nailed three pointer, Berchie dropped in two foul shots and McGrew turned in a three-play during the run.

West Virginia State closed out the game outscoring Wesleyan an 11-5 margin.

Wesleyan shot 47.3 percent from the floor (26-for-55) including 45.5 percent from the three-point stripe making good on 10 of their 22 attempts.

Wesleyan owned a 40-27 rebounding margin.

The Bobcats are now 10-6 overall and 5-5 in the MEC.

They will return to action this Thursday when they visit Glenville State in a MEC contest at 7:30 p.m.