INSTITUTE – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats placed four players in double digits as they easily took care of the homestanding West Virginia State Yellow Jackets today in a Mountain East Conference outing at the Walker Convocation Center.
The Bobcats won a 76-58 decision.
Wesleyan never trailed in the game.
The two teams traded baskets to start the game and then Wesleyan went on a 12-0 run.
McGrew made a lay-up, Brondsted nailed a three-pointer, McGrew made another lay-up, Dewberry unleashed a trey and McGrew went inside again for a basket to give Wesleyan a 14-2 lead with five minutes gone.
West Virginia State went on a 10-2 run that made the score 16-12, but McGrew put in a tip-in and Berchie drained a three-pointer to put the Wesleyan lead back to nine, at 21-12, with 10:28 remaining in the first half.
Up 24-16, McGrew put in a pair of baskets to extend the Wesleyan lead to 12, at 28-16, with 8:30 showing on the first-half clock.
With Wesleyan holding a 30-23 lead, they scored nine unanswered points over the next two minutes.
Dewberry fired in a three-pointer and then a jumper, Clay Todd made a pair of free throws and Brondsted made an 11-footer during the run that gave Wesleyan a 39-23 advantage with 3:36 left in the half.
Wesleyan pushed their lead to 20 at the break, leading by a 47-27 score.
A Garrett Grantham three-pointer at the 14:23 mark gave the Bobcats a 22-point lead, at 60-38.
The 22-point lead was the biggest lead of the game for Wesleyan.
Dewberry kept the lead at 22 with a jumper at the 8:45 mark that made the score 68-46.
West Virginia State outscored Wesleyan by a 12-8 margin in the final eight minutes of the game.
Wesleyan shot 50.8 from the floor as they made 30 of their 59 field goal attempts.
The Bobcats outrebounded West Virginia State by a 39-34 margin.
Wesleyan improved to 14-10 overall and 9-9 in the MEC.
They will return to action at home this Thursday when they host West Liberty at 7:30 p.m.