BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team lost to Glenville State on Saturday evening 84-67 inside Rockefeller Center. The Pioneers shot 47% from the field and hit 13 threes in the win.
Jaelin Johnson scored the first points of the game inside with a layup. Shawn Moran hit a free throw before Darius Green nailed a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up early. Glenville State got up 11-4 but Wesleyan went on a quick 8-0 run to go up one.
GSU scored 16 unanswered points until Darius Green broke the eight-plus minute scoring drought for the Bobcats. Kabe Ellis put himself on the board with a three to trim the Glenville lead to 12 a few possessions later. The Pioneers went on another run, finishing out the half on an 8-0 run in the final three minutes to take a 42-19 lead into halftime.
Wesleyan kept the deficit around 20 in the first few minutes of the new half. A few layups and a Freddie Word three then stretched the Pioneer lead to 28 just six minutes in. A fast 7-0 run by the Bobcats made the game more manageable after the under-10 media timeout.
The Pioneers were able to get what they wanted as the game winded down, scoring from inside and hitting from deep. WVWC found a spark in the offense in the closing minutes but it was too late to mount a comeback.
Jordan Smith led all scorers with 20 points. Freddie Word had a near triple-double, scoring 18 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. In all, 11 Pioneers found the scoring column.
The Bobcats were led by Green with 16 points on 50% shooting from the field. Green also pulled down eight rebounds. Anthony Craven Jr. scored 15 points, Tyler Slone added 13 points and Moran finished with 12 points. Ellis had three assists in the loss.
Wesleyan starts the last week of the regular season out on the road at Fairmont State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.