BUCKHANNON – A four-minute scoring drought late in the second half proved costly for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in their Mountain East Conference outing with the University of Charleston Golden Eagles tonight in Rockefeller Center.
Wesleyan led by a 59-56 score at the five-minute mark, but went the next four minutes without a point as they fell behind by a 71-59 count and wound up dropping a 73-64 decision.
The 64 points was the lowest point-total for Wesleyan since they scored 61 in a road loss to Urbana back on Jan. 3.
The first 10 minutes of the action was a back-and-fourth affair that saw Wesleyan take a 17-16 lead at the 9:25 mark of the first half.
Kevin Kangni unleashed a three-pointer, and following a Charleston basket, Clay Todd (pictured) fired in a trey to give Wesleyan a 23-18 lead at the 7:47 mark. The five-point lead was the largest of the game for Wesleyan.
Charleston went on an 8- 2 run to take a 26-25 lead but Dusan Vicentic returned the advantage to Wesleyan with a basket with 2:03 remaining in the half.
With time running out in the first half, Luka Petrovic created a steal and followed it up with a lay-up to treat Wesleyan to a 31-29 advantage at the half.
Charleston started the second half with a 7-0 run before Fred Brondsted made a jumper for Wesleyan that left the Bobcats down by three, at 36-33, with 17:16 remaining.
Charleston had built a 48-40 lead but a Mo Berchie trey trimmed the deficit to five, at 48-43, with 12 minutes remaining.
Wesleyan outscored Charleston by a 14-6 margin and a Luke Layhew lay-up returned the lead back to the Bobcats, at 56-54, with 6:35 remaining.
Nursing a 57-56 lead, Jalen Melvin made a jumper that gave Wesleyan their 59-56 lead, but it was the last basket for Wesleyan over the next four minutes.
Berchie led the offense with 16 points while Kangni came off the bench to score 12.
The loss was the second in a row for Wesleyan and dropped them back under the .500 mark. They are 11-12 overall and 8-9 in the MEC.
They will return to action Saturday when they host West Virginia State at 4 p.m.