Wesleyan Drops first tourney game at Gannon

Wesleyan Drops first tourney game at Gannon

ERIE, PA -- West Virginia Wesleyan's men's basketball team opened play in the 34th annual Gary Miller Classic Friday night, falling to the host Gannon Knights 78-59.. Wesleyan will now play the College of St. Rose (NY) at 5:30 in Saturday's tournament consolation game.

 
Wesleyan played the hosts tight early on Friday night, with Gannon leading 21-17 just 14 minutes into the contest. But similar to their loss at West Liberty, the last five minutes of the first half proved to be detrimental for the Bobcats. 
 
Gannon embarked on an 18-4 run, that produced a 39-21 Knight lead just before the half. Wesleyan was able to whittle the margin to 11 early in the second half at 41-30, but could not crack single digits. Gannon was led by an offensive rebound game, that produced 21 second chance points...the Knights won the rebounding battle, 36-22.
 
Luke Layhew led the Bobcats with 15 points, followed by Kevin Kangni with nine. Zay Jackson led Gannon with 17 points.
 
Wesleyan falls to 0-5 with the loss. Gannon improves to 3-2 with the victory.