URBANA (Ohio) – Tanner McGrew (pictured) had a game for the ages as he scored 39 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as his West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats went on the road and secured an 84-73 victory over the Urbana Blue Knights in Mountain East Conference action today at the Grimes Center.
McGrew was almost perfect from the floor, connecting on 16 of his 20 shots for an impressive 80 percent shooting percentage.
He was also seven-of-10 from the line.
His 39 points was the second-best scoring output from an MEC player this season. Notre Dame's Tyree Gaiter scored 42 in a game back in December.
McGrew accounted for 47 percent of Wesleyan's offense.
Wesleyan also had one of their best shooting nights of the year as they made good on 28 of their 44 field goals for a staggering 63.6 shooting average.
The win snapped a two-game slide for head coach Gary Nottingham and his team.
They are now 12-8 overall and 7-7 in the MEC.
Wesleyan was down early by a 5-4 score, but Ja'Sahn Johnson made a lay-up and McGrew turned in an old-fashioned three pointer to give Wesleyan a 9-5 advantage.
Urbana retook the lead at 14-13 but Chris Dewberry sank a jumper and McGrew made a leaner in the paint to give Wesleyan the lead back, at 17-14, with 10 minutes remaining in the half.
Wesleyan would not relinquish the lead again.
With Wesleyan still ahead by one, at 22-21, the 'Cats scored the next eight points.
McGrew made a jumper and free throw after being fouled at the 6:53 and minute later, turned in another three-point play after being fouled to up the Bobcat lead to 28-21.
Mo Berchie made a lay-up to end the run and put Wesleyan up by a 30-21 score with 4:27 left in the opening half.
The two teams traded baskets the rest of the half as Wesleyan owned a 37-29 lead at the break.
Urbana hung around to start the second half as they trimmed the margin to five, at 43-38.
Dewberry fired in a trey and Johnson hit a pair of free throws though as Wesleyan extended their lead back to 10, at 48-38, with 13:52 remaining in the game.
Wesleyan gained their largest lead of the game at the 2:41 mark when Garrett Grantham put in a pair of free throws. That gave Wesleyan a 15-point lead, at 79-64.
Urbana ended the game on a 9-5 run.
Following McGrew in the scoring column was Johnson who contributed 16 points while Dewberry and Grantham each came off the bench to score 12 and 10 respectively.
The Bobcats will now return home and entertain the Concord Mountain Lions Thursday at 7:30 p.m.