FAIRMONT – Sophomore guard Clay Todd poured in a game-high 17 points and added seven assists and four steals to lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a 68-45 victory over the Clarion University Golden Eagles today in the Joe Retton Classic at Fairmont State University.
Todd was 6-of-8 from the floor including hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc and sank both of his free throws for his 17 points.
The Wesleyan defense also did their job, especially in the second half as they allowed just six Clarion field goals and forced the Golden Eagles into 11 turnovers in the final 20 minutes.
Clarion started the game on a 7-0 run but a Todd three-pointer put Wesleyan on the board at 7-3 with 2:44 gone in first half.
Clarion pushed their lead to nine, at 14-5, at the 13:55 mark before Wesleyan started to whittle away at it.
Still down by four, at 24-20, Todd uncorked one of his three treys to bring Wesleyan to within one with 3:26 to go in the opening half.
With a minute remaining, Luke Layhew scored a lay-up to treat Wesleyan to their only lead of the first half at 29-28.
Clarion retook the lead early in the second half at 32-31, but Luka Petrovic darted inside for a lay-up and gave Wesleyan a 33-32 lead, and it was a lead they would not relinquish again.
Including Petrovic's lay-up, Wesleyan ran off the next 13 points of the game to take a commanding 44-32 advantage with 12:56 remaining.
A Mo Berchie three-pointer extended Wesleyan's lead 14, at 50-36 with 7:43 left in the contest.
Still up by 14, at 56-42, Wesleyan scored the next 10 points.
Berchie fired in a trey, Petrovic and Kangni both made lay-ups and Fred Brondsted knocked down a three-pointer during the run which gave Wesleyan a 66-42 lead with 1:23 remaining in the game.
Todd ended the scoring with a jumper with five seconds remaining.
Following Todd in the scoring column was Brondsted with 12 points and Petrovic with 11.
Wesleyan was good on 28 of their 54 field goal attempts for a 51.9 percent.
The Bobcats outrebounded Clarion by a 32-27 margin.
Wesleyan, now 1-1, will return to action next Saturday when they host Fairmont State at 4 p.m. in a Mountain East Conference contest.