WEST LIBERTY – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats just didn't have enough fire power to keep up with the No. 3 team in the nation when they took to the road to battle the West Liberty Hilltoppers in a Mountain East Conference contest.
Wesleyan dropped a 92-69 decision.
The Bobcats hung with West Liberty four about six minutes in the first half.
A Mo Berchie three-pointer kept Wesleyan down by only two, at 16-14, but West Liberty scored the next 14 points to grab a 30-14 advantage with 10:44 left in the first half.
Berchie made a jumper and Dusan Vicentic downed a free throw to make it a 30-17 game, but Wesleyan couldn't get any closer than 13 points the rest of the half.
Wesleyan trailed at the half by 20, at 55-35.
Vicentic started the second half with a jumper and Kevin Kangni drained a trey to make it a 55-40 contest with 90 seconds gone in the second half.
The 15-point deficit was as close as Wesleyan could get in the second half.
West Liberty's biggest lead of the second half was 27, at 82-55, at the 8:47 mark.
Berchie led the team with 18 points while Kangni scored 13 and Jalen Melvin came off the bench to score 12 and grab a game-high 15 rebounds for a double-double.
Wesleyan shot 40 percent from the floor hitting on 24 of their 60 field goals and was at 47.1 percent from beyond the three-point-line, hitting on eight of their 17 attempts.
Wesleyan was outrebounded by a 45-36 margin.
West Liberty improved to 23-2 overall and 17-2 in the MEC.
The Bobcats dropped to 12-13 overall and 9-10 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will return to action this Saturday when they host Wheeling Jesuit at 4 p.m. in a MEC clash.
The game will is designated as "Senior Day" for the Bobcats as they will honor Berchie and Landon Todd.