GLENVILLE – It was an epic comeback for the ages!
West Virginia Wesleyan was down by 22 points at the half to the Glenville State Pioneers, but staged a furious second-half comeback and rallied to defeat the Pioneers by a 76-71 score tonight in a road Mountain East Conference contest.
Little went right for the 'Cats in the first half.
Glenville was lighting it up hitting on 57.1 percent of their shots as they raced out to a 47-25 advantage at the half. Glenville hit nine three-pointers during the first half.
The Pioneers scored the first basket of the second half to increase their lead to 24, their largest of the game.
Glenville was up 22, at 58-36, with 12:55 remaining in the game before the 'Cats made their comeback.
Following a Glenville State basket, Wesleyan went on another 7-0 run to trim the margin to 10, at 60-50, with 9:30 left.
Soren Dossing made a trey, and McGrew and Berchie again scored on lay-up during the run.
After a Glenville State lay-up that made the score 62-50, the Bobcats scored the next 14 points to take their first lead, at 64-62, with 5:30 remaining.
Brondsted unleashed a trey, McGrew turned in an old-fashioned three-pointer after being fouled on his lay-up, Tilen Kodrin made a lay-up, Brondsted bombed in another three and Garrett Grantham (pictured) ended the run with his own three-pointer.
Three Tonnie Collier free throws returned the lead to Glenville State, at 65-64, but Grantham and Brondsted fired in consecutive three-pointers to put Wesleyan up by five, at 70-65, with 2:37 remaining in the game.
As the game moved to the free throw line, Wesleyan increased their lead to six, at 74-68, with 30 seconds remaining.
Sedric Nady nailed a three-pointer for the Pioneers with 13 seconds left to make it a 74-71 contest.
Following a Pioneer time-out, Wesleyan scored with nine seconds left when Grantham made a pass overtop of the Glenville State defense to Brondsted who made a lay-up to wrap up the scoring.
McGrew, fifth in the nation in double-doubles, had another double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
McGrew is currently leading the nation in rebounding with 13.5 rebounds per game.
Brondsted scored 14 points, Berchie had 11(and eight assists) and Grantham came off the bench for 10.
Wesleyan shot 50.0 percent for the game hitting of 26 of their 52 field goal attempts.
The Bobcats outrebounded Glenville State by a 30-27 margin.
Wesleyan improved to 11-6 overall and 6-5 in the MEC.
They will return to the court weather permitting this Saturday when they host Fairmont State at 4 p.m.