BUCKHANNON – Mo Berchie scored a game-high 19 points as the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats won their fifth game out of their last six with a 91-70 rout over the Urbana Blue Knights today in a Mountain East Conference outing at Rockefeller Center.
Urbana scored the first basket of the game and it was the only lead they would enjoy.
Brondsted uncorked a three-poipnter, Kangni darted inside for two points and then nailed a trey to give Wesleyan an 8-2 lead and they were off and running.
With Wesleyan holding a 16-15 lead, they scored the next eight as Berchie made a lay-up, Melvin popped in a 15-footer, Layhew made a jumper in the paint and Berchie came back with a jumper during the run.
That treated Wesleyan to a 24-15 lead with 9:13 left in the first half.
With Urbana still hanging around down by three at the six-minute mark, Melvin hit a basket and Dusan Vicentic launched a trey to put Wesleyan up by a 33-25 score at the 4:46 mark.
Wesleyan went into the break up by six, at 38-32.
Layhew scored the first four points of the second half and Berchie drained a three-pointer as Wesleyan opened up a 13-point lead, at 45-32.
Urbana shaved the lead down to six, at 49-43, but a Kangni three-pointer put Wesleyan back up by nine, at 52-43, with 13:10 remaining.
With Wesleyan up by a 57-54 score, Brondsted flipped in a jumper, Melvin knocked down a basket, Luka Petrovic sank a basket and Berchie capped off a 9-0 run with an old-fashioned three-pointer.
That treated Wesleyan to a 66-54 advantage with 7:50 remaining in the game.
Wesleyan built their biggest lead with 90 seconds remaining when Jacob White hit a short jumper to give Wesleyan a 24-point advantage, at 88-64.
Urbana closed the game on a 6-3 run.
Wesleyan shot the ball at a 58.3 percent (35-for-60) including draining nine three pointers.
They were 12-for-14 at the free throw line for 85.7 percent.
Wesleyan outrebounded Urbana by a 38-34 margin.
The win improved Wesleyan to 10-10 overall and 7-7 in the MEC.
Wesleyan is now sixth in the MEC standings.
Urbana dropped to 9-11 overall and 4-10 in the league.
Wesleyan will return to action this Wednesday at home when they face UVa.-Wise in a league outing.
The game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)