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.
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.