BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball team returned to the .500 mark both overall and in the Mountain East Conference today with a 70-59 victory over the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets in Rockefeller Center.
The Bobcats are now 12-12 overall and 9-9 in the MEC.
The Bobcats never trailed in the contest but it wasn't until late in the second half before they could put away the pesky Yellow Jackets.
With the game tied at 3-3, Brondsted uncorked a three-pointer, Landon Todd made a lay-up and Berchie bombed in a trey to give Wesleyan an 11-3 lead with four minutes gone.
Still leading by an 11-7 score, the Bobcats ran off the next 11 points to take a 22-7 advantage with 10:51 remaining in the first half.
A Layhew dunk kept Wesleyan up by eight, at 31-23, with 4:38 remaining, but West Virginia State scored the next five to cut the Bobcat advantage to 31-28.
Brondsted wrapped up the first-half scoring with a three-pointer to treat Wesleyan to a 34-28 lead at the intermission.
West Virginia State tied the game at 36-36, but Brondsted canned another three-pointer to give the lead back to the Bobcats at 39-36 two minutes in.
With Wesleyan up by four, at 55-51, with 6:39 remaining, Layhew made a jumper and Brooks flipped in a free throw to up the lead to seven, at 58-51, with five minutes showing on the clock.
Wesleyan was nursing a 60-57 lead with two minutes remaining when Layhew knocked down two free throws, and after a Brooks' steal, Clay Todd put the dagger into the Yellow Jackets with a three-pointer that gave the Bobcats a 65-57 lead with 1:19 remaining.
Wesleyan outscored West Virginia State by a 5-2 score in the final minute.
The Bobcats shot 48 percent from the floor hitting on 24 of their 50 field goals and shot 45.8 from the three-point line connecting on 11-for-24.
Wesleyan outrebounded West Virginia State by a 34-31 margin.
The win ended a two-game slide for interim head coach Jack Meriwether's squad.
They will return to action this Thursday when they visit West Liberty for a conference game at 7:30 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)