'Cats Score a Season-Low 46 In Loss to Shepherd

'Cats Score a Season-Low 46 In Loss to Shepherd

SHEPHERDSTOWN – West Virginia Wesleyan was held to their lowest offensive total of the season in a 69-46 setback to the Shepherd Rams tonight in a Mountain East Conference outing.

The 46 points were almost 30 points under their normal scoring average.

Wesleyan shot just 32 percent for the game (17-for-53) and really struggled from behind the three-point stripe hitting just three of their 18 shots for 16.7 percent.

The game started off well enough for Wesleyan as they opened up a quick 4-0 lead following a jumper from Luka Petrovic and a lay-up by Dusan Vicentic.

Shepherd tied the game at 9-9 but a Mo Berchie jumper returned the lead to Wesleyan at 11-9, with six minutes gone in the contest.

Two minutes later, a Berchie three-pointer treated Wesleyan to a 14-11 lead at the 11:53 mark.

Things went south for Wesleyan after that as Shepherd went on an 11-0 lead for a 22-14 advantage with nine minutes remaining in the half.

Shepherd ended the half on a 13-4 run to take a 35-18 lead at the break.

A Luke Layhew dunk brought Wesleyan to within 15, at 44-29, at the 14-minute mark of the second half.

They couldn't get any closer the rest of the way.

Shepherd's biggest lead of the half was 25 points at the 9:02 mark, at 56-31.

Kevin Kangni paced the Wesleyan offense with 13 points while Berchie tallied 10.

Wesleyan was outrebounded by a 45-34 margin.

Wesleyan dropped to 12-15 overall and 9-12 in the MEC.

Shepherd improved to 18-9 overall and 15-6 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will wrap up the regular season this Saturday at Glenville State.

The MEC contest will get underway at 4 p.m.