Wesleyan Falls in Overtime to Davis & Elkins, 79-78

Wesleyan Falls in Overtime to Davis & Elkins, 79-78

ELKINS – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball team let one get away from them tonight in a non-conference outing with the Davis & Elkins Senators.

The 'Cats led by nine at the break but wound up dropping a 79-78 decision in overtime.

In a wild last 40 seconds in overtime with the score tied at 72-72, Rickenjee Bellevue made a lay-up to give the Senators a 74-72 lead.

Following a Wesleyan time out, Fred Brondsted fired in a three-pointer to give the lead to the Bobcats, at 75-74, with 29 seconds remaining.

The Senators missed their next shot but Bellevue picked up an offensive rebobund and put the ball back in to give D&E a 76-75 advantage with 16 seconds left.

After another Wesleyan time out, Kevin Kangni hit a clutch three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to give the Bobcats a 78-76 lead.

Wesley Sprinkle countered with his own three with seven seconds left to make it a 79-78 contest in favor of the Senators.

Mo Berchie couldn't get his lay-up attempt to fall at the buzzer for Wesleyan.

The first 12 minutes of the game belonged to the Senators as they opened up a 21-11 lead.

Wesleyan stormed back in the final eight minutes, blitzing the Senators by a 29-10 score.

Kangni hit a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer to give Wesleyan their biggest lead of the game, at 40-31.

D&E scored the first eight points of the second half to close it to 40-39 with four minutes gone.

Wesleyan pushed their lead to 51-46 but the Senators went on another 8-0 run to take a 54-51 advantage with eight minutes left in the game.

Wesleyan answered with a 14-7 run that was capped off by a Kangni three-pointer.

That gave the Bobcats a 65-61 lead with two minutes remaining.

Luke Layhew made two free throws that treated Wesleyan a 67-63 lead with 54 seconds remaining.

On their next possession, D&E missed two shots but scrapped for the offensive rebounds twice and was fouled on the second offensive rebound.

Bellevue made two free throws to close it to 67-65 with 36 seconds left.

Wesleyan turned it over on their next possession and Teron Owens made a lay-up at the buzzer to force the overtime session.

Kangni and Brondsted each went over the 20-point mark as Kangni tallied 23 points while Brondsted poured in 20.

Layhew just missed getting a double-double as he scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Wesleyan shot the ball at a 43.8 percent clip, making good on 28 of their 64 field goal attempts.

Wesleyan outrebounded D&E by a 42-34 margin.

The setback ended a three-game winning streak by the Bobcats.

The loss left them with a 4-4 record overall as they head into their week off for finals.

They will play again Friday, Dec. 16 on the road at Bluefield State in a non-conference game.

That outing will start at 3 p.m.