URBANA (Ohio) – A second-half collapse led to a defeat tonight for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in their Mountain East Conference encounter with the Urbana Blue Knights.
Wesleyan led at the break by a 40-36, but was outscored by a 50-21 margin in the second half en route to an 86-61 setback.
In that second half, Wesleyan made just three field goals and shot the ball at 15 percent while turning it over nine times.
The second half also wiped out a wonderful first half for the Bobcats who couldn't miss in the first 20 minutes. The hit on 17 of their 25 field goal attempts for a 68 shooting percentage.
Following an Urbana basket, Fred Brondsted made a jumper, Quin Nottingham made a pair of jumpers and Mo Berchie knocked down a 12-footer as Wesleyan took a 12-2 lead. The 10-point margin would be their largest of the game.
Urbana scored the next seven points, but Nottingham downed two free throws and then made a jumper, and Kangni hit from inside the paint to give Wesleyan an 18-9 lead with 11:14 remaining in the first half.
Urbana outscored Wesleyan by a 25-13 margin over the next eight minutes to grab a 34-31 advantage.
Brondsted uncorked a three-pointer and then came back and tossed in a jumper to return the lead to Wesleyan, at 36-34, with 2:12 left in the half.
A Kangni jumper at the end of the half gave Wesleyan a 40-36 lead at the break.
Urbana opened up the second half with an 11-0 run before Brondsted scored one of Wesleyan's three field goals with a trey at the 17:08 mark. His basket made it a 47-43 contest.
Wesleyan went 14 minutes until their next field goal, which was a three-pointer by Nottingham. His three made it a 77-57 game.
The last Wesleyan field goal was the final one of the game, a jumper by Kameron Hedgepeth.
Only three players managed to get into double digits.
Brondsted and Berchie led the way with 13 points apiece with Nottingham getting 11.
Wesleyan was outrebounded by a 36-23 margin.
The game was the first action for the Bobcats since they visited Marshall back on Dec. 19.
The loss dropped them to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in the MEC.
Urbana improved to 6-5 overall and 1-4 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will play again this Thursday when they visit Notre Dame College at 7:30 p.m.