SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – For the second straight game, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats let a halftime lead slip away in the second half.
Tonight it was against a talented Notre Dame Falcons squad in a Mountain East Conference clash at Murphy Gymnasium.
Wesleyan led by a 35-33 score at the break but wound up dropping a 79-65 decision. The Bobcats allowed the Falcons to go on a 17-0 run late in the game.
Down 8-7 early, Mo Berchie (pictured) fired in a three-pointer, Luka Petrovic made a lay-up and Quin Nottingham flipped in a jumper to treat Wesleyan to a 14-8 lead with 12:45 showing on the first-half clock.
Nursing a 20-18 lead, Fred Brondsted uncorked a trey, and after a Notre Dame basket, Nottingham fired in a three-pointer to give Wesleyan a 26-20 advantage with 8:41 left in the opening half.
Notre Dame went on a 13-7 run to deadlock the game at 33-33, but Petrovic made a lay-up to end the first-half scoring giving Wesleyan a 35-33 lead.
With the game tied at 37-37, Bronsted unleashed another trey and Kevin Kangni went into the paint for a lay-up that gave Wesleyan a 42-37 lead with 2:15 elapsed in the second half.
Wesleyan held a 45-41 lead, but Notre Dame scored six straight points to make it a 47-45 game and the Falcons would never relinquish their lead.
The Bobcats tied the game at 47-47 following a pair of Berchie free throws and again at 56-56 following a Berchie three-pointer.
Norte Dame though went on their 17-0 run over a five-minute span taking a 73-56 advantage with four minutes left.
Clay Todd ended the run with a three-pointer to make it a 73-59 contest but Wesleyan couldn't get any closer than 14 points down the stretch.
Wesleyan put three players in double digits as Berchie scored 16, Kangni tallied 14 and Brondsted poured in 13.
Wesleyan shot 37.9 percent from the floor hitting on 22 of their 58 field goal attempts.
Notre Dame shot 57.1 percent from the floor.
The loss was the third in a row for the Bobcats and dropped their record to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the MEC.
The Bobcats will return to action Sunday when they visit Wheeling Jesuit in a league match-up.
That game will tip-off at 4 p.m.