'Cats Can't Hold Halftime Lead; Drop Contest to Notre Dame

'Cats Can't Hold Halftime Lead; Drop Contest to Notre Dame

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.

Ja'Sahn Johnson and Fred Brondsted (pictured) each had eight 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.