BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats put together one of their best games of the young season today in a 78-60 victory over the Concord Mt. Lions in Mountain East Conference action at Rockefeller Center.
The Bobcats committed a season-low five turnovers and were guilty of just nine fouls as they returned to the .500 mark overall as they improved their record to 3-3. They are now 2-2 in the MEC.
Wesleyan trailed early 5-0 but Clay Todd (pictured) fired in consecutive three-pointers to give the Bobcats their first lead, at 6-5, with four minutes gone.
After Concord regained the lead at 11-9, Kevin Kangni uncorked a three-pointer and Luke Layhew made a short jumper as Wesleyan took the lead back at 14-11, with seven minutes ticked off the first-half clock.
Concord went on an 18-9 run to take a 29-24 lead with six minutes remaining, but Luka Petrovic made a free throw, Kangni popped in a jumper and Todd may a lay-up to deadlock the game, at 29-29, with 4:26 left in the first half.
The game was still tied at 33-33 with three minutes left.
They only scoring in the final three minutes was a pair of three throws by Mo Berchie as Wesleyan took a 35-33 advantage into the intermission.
Concord started the second half strong as they outscored Wesleyan by a 13-7 margin to take a 46-42 lead with 15:31 left in the game.
Still trailing 52-50, Wesleyan went on a 17-0 run over the next five minutes.
Layhew made consecutive baskets, Kangni popped in two short jumpers, Layhew nailed a jumper in the paint, Todd darted inside for a lay-up, Berchie got into the act with a basket and Todd capped off the run with a three-pointer.
That gave Wesleyan a 67-52 lead with six minutes remaining.
The Bobcats never took their foot of the pedal as they outscored Concord in the final six minutes by an 11-8 margin.
Berchie led all scorers with 23 points while Layhew tallied 17, Todd pumped in 16 and Kangni added 15 as Wesleyan put four players in double digits.
Wesleyan shot 52.5 percent from the floor as they hit on 32-for-61 field goal attempts.
Layhew pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
Wesleyan outrebounded Concord by a 31-27 margin.
The Bobcats will return to action this Monday on the road as they visit Davis & Elkins for a non-conference game at 7 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)