McGrew Scores 46 as 'Cats Beat Rams in OT, 90-80

McGrew Scores 46 as 'Cats Beat Rams in OT, 90-80

BUCKHANNON – Shepherd had no answer for West Virginia Wesleyan senior forward Tanner McGrew (pictured) tonight when they visited the Bobcats in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

McGrew went off for 46 points and 18 rebounds as the 'Cats won a 90-80 decision in overtime.

McGrew made 19 of his 30 field goals for a 63.3 shooting percentage.

His 19 field goals are a MEC best this season and his 46 points is good for the second highest point total in the MEC this year.

The double-double was McGrew's 17th of the season which also leads the MEC.

Wesleyan built their biggest lead of the first half following a Mo Berchie lay-up at five point, at 13-8, with 13:44 remaining.

Shepherd outscored Wesleyan by an 11-2 margin over the next three minutes to take a 19-15 lead.

A Soren Dossing three-point returned the lead to Wesleyan, at 23-21, with 6:11 remaining in the first half.

Shepherd scored six unanswered to grab the lead, at 27-23, with 4:04 left in the half.

The Rams led by three at the half, at 34-31.

Shepherd controlled the first nine minutes of the second half as the opened up a 10-point lead at 56-46.

Wesleyan started their comeback when Garrett Grantham and Fred Brondsted each hit three pointers to close the gap to four for the Bobcats at 56-52.

After a Shepherd three-pointer, McGrew made a jumper and Brondsted made another trey to make it a 59-57 contest with 9:34 remaining.

Berchie finally returned the lead to Wesleyan at the 2:49 mark with a lay-up that gave Wesleyan a 69-68 advantage.

Brondsted went underneath for two points to push the Wesleyan lead to 71-68, but Shepherd made two free throws to close the game to 71-70 with 1:40 left.

McGrew returned the Bobcat lead to three with a jumper, but Shepherd's Ryan McTavish hit a trey to force an overtime session.

Wesleyan totally dominated the overtime session as they scored the first 11 points of the five-minute period.

McGrew started the run with a jumper, Clay Todd fired in a three-pointer, McGrew made a free throw, Berchie nailed a runner in the lane and McGrew hit a lay-up and then another free throw to stake Wesleyan to a 84-73 lead with 1:46 remaining.

Wesleyan held off Shepherd in the final 1:45 for the 10-point win.

Bronsted added 14 points while Grantham scored 10.

The win was key for the Bobcats as it moved them into a seventh-place tie with Shepherd in the MEC.

Both teams own 15-12 overall records and 10-11 marks in the MEC.

Wesleyan will close out the regular season Saturday when they host Glenville State at 4 p.m.