SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – It was a second half the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats would rather just forget and a second half that cost them a Mountain East Conference road win tonight against the Notre Dame Falcons.
Wesleyan was up at the half by a 39-28 score, but managed just five field goals and 18 points in the second half as they dropped a disappointing 68-57 decision.
Tanner McGrew, fourth in the nation in double-doubles, recorded another one in the loss with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Soren Dossing also reached double digits and he scored 13 points.
Down 5-2 early, Dossing made a three-pointer and McGrew scored a lay-up to give Wesleyan a 7-5 lead.
With the game tied at 12-12, Wesleyan went on a 9-0 run.
Johnson made a lay-up, McGrew popped in a short jumper, Johnson downed two free throws and Dossing made another trey to give Wesleyan a 21-12 advantage with 12:35 remaining in the first half.
Notre Dame scored the next five, but Wesleyan went on a 7-0 run with Chris Dewberry making a jumper and then nailing a three-pointer and Brondsted hitting two free throws to put Wesleyan up by a 28-17 score with 9:08 left in the half.
Notre Dame cut the Wesleyan lead down to eight, at 35-27, but the Bobcats ended the half with a pair of baskets by Garrett Grantham and McGrew to take a 39-27 advantage into the intermission.
Everything went wrong for the Bobcats right out of the second-half gate.
Notre Dame opened the half on a 16-2 run to take a 43-41 lead with 14:37 remaining.
Down 45-43, Johnson hit two free throws and Brondsted uncorked a three-pointer to briefly return the lead back to Wesleyan, at 48-45.
With the Bobcats nursing a 52-47 advantage, Notre Dame went on a 12-1 run to grab a 59-53 lead with 5:02 remaining in the game.
Dossing and McGrew each made a pair of free throws to bring Wesleyan to within two, at 59-57, with 3:33 remaining.
McGrew's free throw was the last point Wesleyan would score as Notre Dame ended the game scoring nine unanswered points.
Notre Dame improved to 13-6 overall and 7-6 in the MEC.
Wesleyan fell to 11-8 overall and 6-7 in the MEC.
The Bobcats will remain on the road this Saturday when they visit Urbana at 4 p.m.