BUCKHANNON – Garrett Grantham (pictured) made sure he, along with his five other senior teammates, were going to go out winners today in their regular-season finale with the Glenville State Pioneers in a Mountain East Conference at Rockefeller Center.
Grantham scored a season-high 36 points on Senior Day to lead the Bobcats to a 77-68 victory.
Grantham was 13-for-16 from the field and a red-hot 10-for-12 from behind the three-point line.
He also added seven assists, six rebounds and one steal.
The game was never in doubt as Wesleyan scored the first 10 points of the game.
Following a Glenville State basket, Johnson connected on a jumper and McGrew went in the paint for a lay-up to extend the Wesleyan lead to 12, at 14-2, with 15:23 showing on the first-half clock.
Grantham made three pointers on Wesleyan's next two possessions as the Bobcats upped their lead to 14, at 20-6, with 12:48 remaining in the first half.
Over the next seven minutes, Glenville State whittled their deficit down to four with an 18-8 run that made it a 28-24 contest, but Todd Clay made a three-pointer, added a free throw later and McGrew put in two free throws as Wesleyan extended their lead back to 10, at 34-24, with four minutes remaining in the half.
A McGrew basket before the half gave Wesleyan a 44-30 advantage at the intermission.
Grantham hit another trey to start the third quarter, giving Wesleyan a 17-point lead, at 47-30.
Glenville State cut the lead down to 58-49, but Mo Berchie made an eight-footer and McGrew darted inside for a lay-up to put the Bobcat lead back up to 13, at 62-49, with
A Grantham jumper at the 6:13 mark of the second half gave Wesleyan their biggest lead of the game, at 18, at 69-51.
Glenville State trimmed the Wesleyan advantage down to six, at 74-68, with 2:17 left, but the Bobcat defense stymied the Pioneers the rest of the way not allowing another point.
Following Grantham in the scoring column was McGrew who scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Berchie tacked on seven points while Johnson and Todd each scored six.
Wesleyan shot an impressive 63.6 percent during the game hitting on 28 of their 44 field goal attempts.
The win gave Wesleyan a 16-12 record overall and an 11-11 record in the MEC.
They finished seventh in the MEC and will host West Virginia State Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first-round of the MEC Tournament.
(Photo courtesy of Pete Galarneau Jr.)