Nov 25, 2017
ERIE, PA -- West Virginia Wesleyan's men battled the 6-2 St. Rose Golden Knights' tight in Saturday's consolation game of Gannon University's 34th annual Gary Miller Classic. In the end, the Bobcats came up just short in a 71-64 final.
In a first half that featured eight lead changes, St. Rose held a 35-29 lead at the intermission. Wesleyan made a solid run in the second half, and consecutive field goals from Kevin Kangni and Aaron Ariri gave the Bobcats a 57-54 lead with 6:29 remaining.
After another lead change, a pair of Ariri free throws pulled the Bobcats to within a point at 65-64 with 3:02 left. But the St. Rose defense stiffened in the final possessions, and the Knights scored the final six points of the game.
Kangni led the Bobcats with 17 points, while the trio of Ariri, Luke Layhew, and Dusan Vicentic all hit double figures with 12 apiece. Ariri and Layhew led on the boards with eight and six rebounds respectively. Nick Brooks dished out a game high six assists, and also delivered a key dunk during the second half Bobcat surge.
Adam Anderson of St. Rose led all scorers with 23 points.
Wesleyan falls to 0-6 with the loss.
Coach Jack Meriwether's Bobcats return to Mountain East action on Wednesday, hosting Shepherd University. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30.