INSTITUTE – Senior guard Mo Berchie continued his solid play as he scored a game-high 24 points to help lead his West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a 78-73 road victory over the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets in a Mountain East Conference contest tonight.
In 38 minutes of action, Bechie was 7-for-15 from the floor including hitting four three-pointers and was six-for-eight from the free throw line. He also added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.
The win was the second in a row the Bobcats as they improved to 7-9 overall and 4-6 in the MEC.
The first half was truly a back-and-fourth affair with nine lead changes.
Down 2-0 early, Todd uncorked a three-pointer and Berchie darted inside for a lay-up to treat Wesleyan to a 5-2 lead.
Trailing by one at 15-14, Vicentic flipped in a free throw and Berchie drained a trey to give Wesleyan an 18-15 advantage with 11:45 left in the half.
With the game tied at 31-31, Todd dropped in a pair of free throws and Berchie unleased another three-pointer to give Wesleyan a 36-31 advantage with 4:31 remaining the in first half.
Still leading by a 38-37 score, Berchie put in a free throw and ended the half with a basket as Wesleyan led by a 41-37 count at the half.
Following a basket by West Virginia State to start the half, Wesleyan went on a 9-0 run with Luke Layhew scoring on a lay-up, Todd firing in a three-pointer, Kevin Kangni scoring from underneath and Vicentic putting in a tip-in.
That gave Wesleyan a 50-39 advantage with 16:49 left in the game.
A Jalen Melvin free throw kept Wesleyan ahead by 10, at 57-47 at the 10-minute mark, but West Virginia State went on a 12-6 run to make it a 63-59 contest with 5:48 remaining.
Twenty seconds later, Berchie nailed another three to treat Wesleyan to a 66-59 advantage.
The Yellow Jackets went on a 10-4 run to close the gap to one, at 70-69, with two minutes remaining.
Kangni pushed the lead back to five with four straight free throws to give Wesleyan a 74-69 lead with 45 seconds remaining.
Still up 74-72, Berchie dropped in a pair of key free throws with 25 seconds left to put the 'Cats up by a 76-72 score.
West Virginia State made a free throw to make it a 76-73 game, but Berchie hit two more free throws to put the contest away with nine seconds remaining.
Wesleyan shot 52.9 percent from the floor (27-for-51) including going a solid 10-for-17 from three-point land for 58.8 percent.
The Bobcats will return to action this Thursday when they host Glenville State in a MEC clash.
The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.