BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia Wesleyan's Men were able to steal a key conference win Thursday night at the Rockefeller Center. The Bobcats took a nine point lead into the half, only to see Charleston battle back to tie the game with under two minutes to go. Strong defense and success at the foul line secured the game for the Bobcats, 84-81.
Coach Jack Meriwether's Bobcats controlled much of the game heading into the final 10 minutes. With 8:37 to go, an Aaron Ariri free throw put Wesleyan up 14. Charleston would continue to battle, but the Bobcats stepped up defensively to pick up their second conference victory.
Austin Howard led the Golden Eagles with 21 points (7-of-10), while teammate Kier Anderson would add 19 points (6-of-10) to go along with five rebounds.
The Bobcats would get double digit scoring efforts out of five players. Leading that group was Aaron Ariri, who used his dominate low post play to drop 19 points (8-of-14). Dusan Vicentic would fall just two assists shy of a triple-double, ending the game with 18 points (6-of-14) and leading the team with 10 rebounds and eight assists. Wesleyan would outrebound Charleston 38-29. After picking up the victory at home, the Bobcats will be on the road for their next three contests.
Wesleyan improves to 2-13, while Charleston falls to 8-7.
The Bobcats will take on West Virginia St. on Jan. 13th.