GLENVILLE – A 14-0 run to end the game gave the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats a huge 76-69 road victory over the Glenville State Pioneers today in a Mountain East Conference outing at the Waco Center.
Wesleyan trailed by a 69-62 score with three minutes remaining, but Glenville State missed their final five shots as Wesleyan overtook the Pioneers on the scoreboard.
It was a huge win as it landed Wesleyan in a tie for fifth place in the MEC which gives them a bye in the first round of the upcoming MEC Tournament that beings Wednesday. Wesleyan will be the sixth seed.
Wesleyan will now play Friday in the second round of the MEC Tournament against Wheeling Jesuit. That game will tip at 2:15 p.m.
The win also ended a three-game slide and gave them a series sweep against Glenville State.
Luka Petrovic unleashed a three pointer at the 1:40 mark to give Wesleyan the lead for good at 70-69.
Seventy seconds later, Berchie extended the lead with a jumper, and after a missed three-pointer by Glenville State, Brondsted made a lay-up. Petrovic downed two free throws to wrap up the scoring.
In the first half, Wesleyan was down early by a 16-7 score but a Kevin Kangni three pointer and a Berchie lay-up made it 16-12.
Glenville State pushed their lead back nine, at 28-19, with 5:45 remaining in the first half.
Wesleyan was down 32-24 with 2:32 left in the first half, but Kameron Hedgepeth (pictured) turned in an old-fashioned three-point play and Berchie launched a trey to make it a 32-30 contest at the half.
Glenville State re-established their nine-point lead, at 50-41, with 12:52 remaining.
Over the next 10 minutes, Wesleyan trimmed that lead down to seven, at 69-62, before their 14-0 run to end the game.
Glenville State held a slim 36-35 margin in rebounding.
The loss dropped Glenville State to 11-15 overall and 8-14 in the MEC.
Wesleyan improved to 13-15 overall and 10-12 in the MEC.