Wesleyan Tumbles to No. 2 Wheeling Jesuit, 77-57

Wesleyan Tumbles to No. 2 Wheeling Jesuit, 77-57

WHEELING – The struggles of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats continued today at No. 2 Wheeling Jesuit as they suffered a 77-57 loss to the Cardinals in a Mountain East Conference outing at the McDonough Center.

Following a 9-2 start to the season, the 'Cats have lost 10 of their last 15 games.

They now own a 14-12 record overall and a 9-11 MEC ledger.

The 'Cats have slipped to eighth in the MEC standings, which is the final spot to host a first-round MEC tournament game.

The MEC tournament begins on Tuesday, March 1.

With two games remaining, they hold a two-game lead over ninth place Glenville State.

Wesleyan never led in the game as Wheeling Jesuit started the outing with 13 unanswered points.

Garrett Grantham finally put the Bobcats on the board five minutes into the game with a jumper that made it a 13-2 score.

Down 21-8, Fred Brondsted and Soren Dossing made consecutive three-pointers to bring Wesleyan to within seven, at 21-14, with 9:57 left in the first half.

Following a free throw by Wheeling Jesuit, Tanner McGrew hit an inside jumper to close the gap to six, at 22-16, with 7:37 remaining.

Wesleyan couldn't get any closer during the first half as Wheeling Jesuit closed the final seven minutes outscoring the Bobcats by a 14-7 margin to take a 36-19 lead at half.

Wheeling Jesuit scored the opening basket of the second half for an 18-point lead, but Wesleyan scored the next eight points of the game.

McGrew turned in an old-fashioned three-point play, Grantham made a trey, and McGrew came back with a jumper during the run to make it a 38-27 contest with 17:34 remaining in the game.

Wheeling Jesuit pulled away from the 'Cats over the next five minutes as they outscored Wesleyan by a 12-3 margin to own a 50-30 lead with 12:26 showing on the second-half clock.

Wesleyan countered with a 9-0 run when Grantham, McGrew and Mo Berchie all hit jumpers and Dossing unleashed a three-pointer to make it a 50-39 contest with 10:13 left.

Wheeling Jesuit controlled play the final 10 minutes as they outscored Wesleyan by a 27-19 margin.

McGrew scored 18 points while Dossing came off the bench to score 12.

Wesleyan will return to action this Thursday at home against Shepherd.

The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.