BUCKHANNON – For the second time this season, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats missed a shot at the buzzer and suffered a one-point loss at home.
The first game happened back on Jan. 10 against Wheeling Jesuit, and it happened again to the hard-luck Bobcats tonight in a 65-64 setback to the Concord Mt. Lions in a Mountain East Conference clash.
Down by a point with 1.2 seconds remaining, Garrett Grantham inbounded the ball in front of the Wesleyan bench to Mo Berchie, who put up a desperation baseline jumper that clanked off the rim as time expired.
The loss was especially frustrating for the Bobcats as they came back from a nine-point deficit at the 9:35 mark of the second half to actually lead by four with three minutes remaining.
Down 51-40, Chris Dewberry fired in a three-pointer, and after a Concord basket, Grantham sank a trey, Tanner McGrew (pictured) scored two points on a lay-up and Fred Brondsted uncorked a three-pointer to deadlock the game, at 52-52, with 6:17 left in the game.
Concord scored the next three points to take a 55-52 lead but Bobcats went on a 7-0 run to take a 59-55 lead with 3:13 remaining.
Berchie made a lay-up, Dewberry hit an 18-footer and Berchie came back to hit a trey during the run to put Wesleyan up by four.
During the next two minutes, Concord went on a 5-0 run to take the lead back, at 60-59, with 1:28 remaining in the game.
McGrew hit two key free throws to return the advantage to Wesleyan, at 61-60, with 1:10 left in the contest.
A lay-up by Concord gave them the lead at 62-61, but McGrew knocked down to more high-pressure free throws to give Wesleyan 63-62 advantage with 23 seconds left on the clock.
Grantham hauled in the defensive rebound on a Concord miss and was fouled instantly.
He hit on one of two at the line to up the Wesleyan lead to 64-62 with 10 seconds remaining.
Concord's Michael Sanchez broke the hearts of the Bobcats as he drained a three-pointer with three seconds left to give the Mt. Lions their 65-64 lead before the Wesleyan miss at the buzzer.
McGrew scored a game-high 27 points and yanked down 12 rebounds for another double-double.
Dewberry was the only other Bobcat to reach double digits as he scored 13 points.
The loss dropped Wesleyan to 12-9 overall and 7-8 in the MEC.
They will return to action this Saturday when they host UVa.-Wise at 4 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)