WISE, VA -- West Virginia Wesleyan's Men picked up a much needed road win Wednesday night, downing a solid Virginia-Wise team on the road, 71-70. Four different Bobcats hit double figures in the tightly fought contest.
Coach Jack Meriwether's squad utilized a solid 12-0 run to close the first half, producing a 33-29 halftime lead and a convincing swing in momentum. The Cavlaliers had led through most of the first half, with the advantage growing to as much as eight points.
Wesleyan continued to apply the pressure early in the second half, and the Bobcat lead eventually extended to 13 points. A Luca Petrovic free throw, staked the lead to 58-45 with 8:40 remaining in the contest.
Wise responded with a late run of their own. The deficit was brought back down to one in the final minute, and the Cavaliers had the ball with a chance to win in the final seconds. Wesleyan answered with one final defensive stand to close the game.
Dusan Vicentic led Wesleyan with team highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Ariri also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Luke Layhew posted 13 points and a team high four blocks, with Petrovic providing 12 points, seven rebounds, and team highs of four assists and two steals. Wesleyan was decisive on the boards, holding a 55-45 advantage in team rebounding.
Michal Seals of Wise led all scorers with 26 points.
Meriwether's bench was key in the win, outscoring the Cavaliers 23-7.
Wesleyan improves to 1-8 overall, and 1-4 in the Mountain East Conference. Virginia-Wise falls to 4-6 overall, and 3-2 in the MEC.
The Bobcats return home for a league contest this Saturday, hosting Concord at 4:00.