Berchie Tallies 24 as Bobcats Beat Yellow Jackets, 78-73

Berchie Tallies 24 as Bobcats Beat Yellow Jackets, 78-73

INSTITUTE – Senior guard Mo Berchie continued his solid play as he scored a game-high 24 points to help lead his West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a 78-73 road victory over the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets in a Mountain East Conference contest tonight.

In 38 minutes of action, Bechie was 7-for-15 from the floor including hitting four three-pointers and was six-for-eight from the free throw line. He also added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Kevin Kangni contributed 18 points in the win while Clay Todd and Dusan Vicentic each added 11 apiece.

The win was the second in a row the Bobcats as they improved to 7-9 overall and 4-6 in the MEC.

The first half was truly a back-and-fourth affair with nine lead changes.

Down 2-0 early, Todd uncorked a three-pointer and Berchie darted inside for a lay-up to treat Wesleyan to a 5-2 lead.

Trailing by one at 15-14, Vicentic flipped in a free throw and Berchie drained a trey to give Wesleyan an 18-15 advantage with 11:45 left in the half.

With the game tied at 31-31, Todd dropped in a pair of free throws and Berchie unleased another three-pointer to give Wesleyan a 36-31 advantage with 4:31 remaining the in first half.

Still leading by a 38-37 score, Berchie put in a free throw and ended the half with a basket as Wesleyan led by a 41-37 count at the half.

Following a basket by West Virginia State to start the half, Wesleyan went on a 9-0 run with Luke Layhew scoring on a lay-up, Todd firing in a three-pointer, Kevin Kangni scoring from underneath and Vicentic putting in a tip-in.

That gave Wesleyan a 50-39 advantage with 16:49 left in the game.

A Jalen Melvin free throw kept Wesleyan ahead by 10, at 57-47 at the 10-minute mark, but West Virginia State went on a 12-6 run to make it a 63-59 contest with 5:48 remaining.

Twenty seconds later, Berchie nailed another three to treat Wesleyan to a 66-59 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets went on a 10-4 run to close the gap to one, at 70-69, with two minutes remaining.

Kangni pushed the lead back to five with four straight free throws to give Wesleyan a 74-69 lead with 45 seconds remaining.

Still up 74-72, Berchie dropped in a pair of key free throws with 25 seconds left to put the 'Cats up by a 76-72 score.

West Virginia State made a free throw to make it a 76-73 game, but Berchie hit two more free throws to put the contest away with nine seconds remaining.

Wesleyan shot 52.9 percent from the floor (27-for-51) including going a solid 10-for-17 from three-point land for 58.8 percent.

The Bobcats will return to action this Thursday when they host Glenville State in a MEC clash.

The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.