BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats hiked their winning streak to three games as they edged the Glenville State Pioneers by a 97-87 decision in a Mountain East Conference outing tonight at Rockefeller Center.
Three starters topped the 20-point mark to lead the Bobcats to the win.
Wesleyan started off red-hot as Clay Todd (pictured) and Berchie each dropped in three-pointers and Layhew popped in a jumper to give the Bobcats an 8-0 lead after 90 seconds of action.
A Kevin Kangni three-pointer gave Wesleyan an 11-point lead, their largest of the half, at 21-10 at the 13-minute mark.
With Wesleyan still up 25-17, Glenville State scored seven straight to make it a 25-24 contest with 7:15 remaining.
Jalen Melvin ended the run with a jumper to treat Wesleyan to a 27-24 advantage.
Wesleyan extended their lead to four at the break, at 40-36.
With Wesleyan up 43-41, the 'Cats scored the next six points as Berchie made a lay-up and Layhew scored consecutive baskets to take a 49-41 lead three minutes into the second half.
A Kameron Hedgepeth lay-up kept Wesleyan ahead by six, at 59-53, with 10:36 remaining in the game.
Glenville State closed the gap to 66-64, but Layhew flipped in a jumper, and after a Glenville State free throw, Berchie drained a 12-footer to give Wesleyan a 70-65 lead with 6:39 remaining.
Still up 70-67, Wesleyan went on an 11-1 run over the next three minutes to open up an 81-68 lead.
Glenville State couldn't get any closer than nine points the rest of the way as Wesleyan earned the 10-point win.
Wesleyan shot 63.2 percent from the floor hitting on 36 of their 57 field goal attempts.
The Bobcats held a 35-25 rebounding margin.
The loss dropped Glenville State to 8-7 overall and 5-6 in the MEC.
Wesleyan improved to 8-9 overall and 5-6 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will play again this Saturday at No. 2 Fairmont State.
The game will start at 4 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)