Bobcats Win Again as They Cruise Past Urbana, 91-70

Bobcats Win Again as They Cruise Past Urbana, 91-70

BUCKHANNONMo Berchie scored a game-high 19 points as the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats won their fifth game out of their last six with a 91-70 rout over the Urbana Blue Knights today in a Mountain East Conference outing at Rockefeller Center.

Berchie wasn't the only Bobcat hitting it today as Kevin Kangni (pictured) put together a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Luke Layhew tallied 18 points and five rebounds.

Two other Bobcats reached double digits as Fred Brondsted scored 11 and Jalen Melvin came off the bench to score 11.

Urbana scored the first basket of the game and it was the only lead they would enjoy.

Brondsted uncorked a three-poipnter, Kangni darted inside for two points and then nailed a trey to give Wesleyan an 8-2 lead and they were off and running.

With Wesleyan holding a 16-15 lead, they scored the next eight as Berchie made a lay-up, Melvin popped in a 15-footer, Layhew made a jumper in the paint and Berchie came back with a jumper during the run.

That treated Wesleyan to a 24-15 lead with 9:13 left in the first half.

With Urbana still hanging around down by three at the six-minute mark, Melvin hit a basket and Dusan Vicentic launched a trey to put Wesleyan up by a 33-25 score at the 4:46 mark.

Wesleyan went into the break up by six, at 38-32.

Layhew scored the first four points of the second half and Berchie drained a three-pointer as Wesleyan opened up a 13-point lead, at 45-32.

Urbana shaved the lead down to six, at 49-43, but a Kangni three-pointer put Wesleyan back up by nine, at 52-43, with 13:10 remaining.

With Wesleyan up by a 57-54 score, Brondsted flipped in a jumper, Melvin knocked down a basket, Luka Petrovic sank a basket and Berchie capped off a 9-0 run with an old-fashioned three-pointer.

That treated Wesleyan to a 66-54 advantage with 7:50 remaining in the game.

Wesleyan built their biggest lead with 90 seconds remaining when Jacob White hit a short jumper to give Wesleyan a 24-point advantage, at 88-64.

Urbana closed the game on a 6-3 run.

Wesleyan shot the ball at a 58.3 percent (35-for-60) including draining nine three pointers.

They were 12-for-14 at the free throw line for 85.7 percent.

Wesleyan outrebounded Urbana by a 38-34 margin.

The win improved Wesleyan to 10-10 overall and 7-7 in the MEC.

Wesleyan is now sixth in the MEC standings.

Urbana dropped to 9-11 overall and 4-10 in the league.

Wesleyan will return to action this Wednesday at home when they face UVa.-Wise in a league outing.

The game will begin at 7:30 p.m.


(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)