BLUEFIELD – West Virginia Wesleyan put three players in double figures as they outlasted the Bluefield State Big Blues by a 64-60 score Friday evening in a non-conference game.
The contest was the first in 11 days for Gary Nottingham's squad as they were off during that stretch for finals week.
Wesleyan jumped into an early 7-0 lead after Layhew and Clay Todd made jumpers and Brondsted connected on one of his four three-pointers.
Bluefield State came right back and scored 12 of the next 14 points to grab a 12-9 lead with 13:15 showing on the first-half clock.
Wesleyan recaptured the lead on a 6-0 run when Jalen Melvin and Kangni both scored on lay-ups and Kangni hit a jumper in the paint to give the Bobcats a 15-12 advantage with 11:23 showing on the first-half clock.
Following a Bluefield State basket that made it a 15-14 game, Wesleyan went on 10-0 run to take a 25-14 lead with 8:28 left on the clock.
Once again Bluefield State fought back and ended the half on a 14-5 run that closed the score to 30-28 at the intermission.
Bluefield State opened the half with a jumper that tied the game at 30-30, but Brondsted unleashed another trey and Mo Berchie popped in a pair of baskets to treat Wesleyan to a 37-30 advantage with two minutes gone in the second half.
Wesleyan continued to grow their lead as a Layhew lay-up at the 11:47 mark gave the Bobcats their biggest advantage of the game, 15 points, at 55-40.
Bluefield State went on a 7-0 run before a Layhew lay-up ended it. The kept Wesleyan ahead on the scoreboard by a 57-47 margin with 8:43 left in the game.
Wesleyan's offense stalled out over the next seven minutes as they didn't score a point.
During this time, Bluefield State scored nine straight points to close the gap to 57-56 with 1:49 remaining.
Kangni ended the scoring drought with a lay-up, but Josh Windham countered with a lay-up for Bluefield State that kept them down by one, at 59-58 with 1:20 left.
Layhew turned in an old-fashioned three-pointer when he was fouled on his lay-up attempt to give Wesleyan a 62-58 advantage.
Layhew added another free throw to up the Wesleyan lead to 63-58 with 38 seconds remaining.
A basket by Bluefield State cut the margin to 63-60 with 15 seconds remaining, but Quin Nottingham, seeing his first action of the year, put the game away making one of two at the line.
Wesleyan shot the ball well as they connected on 26 of their 46 field goal attempts (56.5 shooting percentage).
The Bobcats outrebounded Bluefield State by a 30-28 margin.
Wesleyan improved to 5-4 on the season.
They will return to action this Monday as they travel to Huntington to face Division I Marshall University.
Game-time is set for 6 p.m.