Berchie Scores 30 But Bobcats Tumble to WJU, 85-67

Berchie Scores 30 But Bobcats Tumble to WJU, 85-67

BUCKHANNON -- It was Senior Day for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats and senior guard Mo Berchie made it a memorable one as he scored a game-high 30 points in an 85-67 setback to the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals today in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

Berchie went 11-for-20 from the floor including a 5-for-9 performance from beyond the three-point stripe. He also added five rebounds and five assists.

Wesleyan never led in the contest.

Down 19-10 after five minutes of action, Wesleyan's other senior Landon Todd (pictured) made a jumper and Berchie flipped in a three-pointer to make it a 19-15 game.

Another Berchie three-pointer made it a 25-18 contest, but Wheeling Jesuit scored the next 15 points for a 40-18 advantage with 6:02 left in the first half.

A Berchie free throw ended the run but Kyle Ritz made a trey for Wheeling Jesuit to stake the Cardinals to a 24-point lead, at 43-19.

Wesleyan ended the half on a 10-6 run to make it a 49-29 contest at the break.

A Dusan Vicentic lay-up brought the lead to under 20 for Wesleyan, at 62-43, with 12 minutes remaining.

Trailing by a 71-51 score, Kevin Kangni rocketed him a three pointer and then came back with a lay-up to pull Wesleyan to within 15, at 71-56 with 4:50 showing on the clock.

Wesleyan though couldn't get any closer than 15 points in the final 4:50.

Following Berchie in the scoring column were Kangni with 12 points and Vicentic with 11.

The Bobcats shot the ball at 42.9 percent as they made 24 of their 56 field goal attempts.

Wesleyan was outrebounded by a 32-27 margin.

The Bobcats have now lost four of their last five outings and slipped to 12-14 overall and 9-11 overall

Wheeling Jesuit improved to 20-6 overall and 14-6 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will play again this Thursday on the road against Shepherd in a MEC tilt.

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