BUCKHANNON -- The Rockefeller Center was ready for a battle as MEC foe, Fairmont State visited Wednesday night. A balanced Falcons attack led by Vince Franklin, was able to hold on late to defeat the Bobcats at home, 71-68.
A back-and-forth battle much of the first half, Fairmont was able to take an 11-point lead with just under seven minutes to play after back-to-back three point buckets from Redshirt Junior R.J Hutcherson gave the Falcons a nine-point lead. After heading into the half with a six-point deficit, Wesleyan seemed to look just about out of the game as they found themselves down 14 points midway through the second half. A resilient WVWC squad chipped away at the lead, eventually making it a one possession game with just 39 seconds to play after a successful Luke Layhew lay-up. The Falcons would drain their free throw attempts, putting the game away.
Sophomore Dusan Vicentic would lead Wesleyan with 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting. He tied teammate Luke Layhew for the leading rebounder on the night with six each. Layhew provided some key baskets down the stretch to give the Bobcats life, he ended the game with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
For the Falcons, Franklin would finish the game one rebound shy of posting a double-double. His 18 points led the Falcons.
WVWC shot 27-of-49 (55.1 percent) from the field.
Fairmont sank 29-of-57 (50.9 percent) of their shots.
Wesleyan now sits at 7-20 overall on the year. Fairmont improves to 20-7.
The Bobcats will take the court for the regular season finale this Saturday against Glenville State. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
(Photo taken by Brian Bergstrom)