BUCKHANNON -- Concord received 35 points from scoring machine Tommy Bolte to gain a road victory at West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. Wesleyan kept it close for much of the afternoon, but could not overcome a strong Mountain Lion finish.
Wesleyan led early, and held a 17-10 advantage midway through the first half. Their strong defense provided a 35-32 lead at the intermission. With 13:47 remaining in the game, a Luke Layhew free throw put the Bobcats on top 46-41. Unfortunately for Coach Jack Meriwether's Wesleyan squad, Concord rebounded with a 15-2 run that put the Mountain Lions up 56-48 at the 8:41 mark. While Wesleyan would cut the deficit back to one, they would never lead again.
Boltes 35 points was complemented by 16 points from Darian Peterson to lead Concord.
Aaron Ariri led Wesleyan with team highs of 23 points and nine rebounds. He was followed by Layhew with 10 points, and Kam Cooper and Luca Petrovic with nine each. Dusan Vicentic added seven rebounds with Petrovic posting a team high eight assists.
Concord improves to 7-3 overall, and 5-1 in the Mountain East Conference. Wesleyan falls to 1-9 overall, and 1-5 in the league.
Wesleyan is back in action Tuesday night with a non-conference road game. They travel just one county away to GMAC foe Alderson-Broaddus.
Photo Courtesy taken By Brian Bergstrom