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Basketball ‘Cats end year with 94-47 road setback at Davis & Elkins

ELKINS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2022-23 season with a loss at Davis & Elkins 94-47 on Saturday evening. The Senators drained 17 threes and shot 60% from the field in the win.

Anthony Craven Jr. connected from midrange to open the game up and what would be the Bobcats only lead of the game. The Senators countered with a 14-1 run to race out to a 14-3 lead right after the first media timeout. The Bobcats leading scorer, Darius Green, got his night started on a layup through the lane. Head Coach Derek Sloan called two timeouts in the first 10 minutes of the game as the Bobcats trailed 23-5 midway through the first half.

Jalen Anderson and Tyler Slone came out of the timeout knocking down consecutive buckets to give the offense some life. Wesleyan did not reach double-digits until the 5:23 mark when Kabe Ellis connected from deep as WVWC trailed 30-12. Green put together some offense in the closing minutes of the half but the Senators hot shooting led them to a 46-21 lead at halftime over the Bobcats.

Shawn Moran knocked down a three and Craven Jr. hit a jumper to open the new half, cutting the lead to 20 in the first minute. D&E answered with a 23-3 run and held Wesleyan scoreless for over five minutes at one point in that run.

The Senators were consistently hitting from three to put the game out of reach. Davis & Elkins went on another run until D’Vante Rivera hit a pair of free throws to calm it down. Both teams got the bench involved as the game got closer to ending.

Breland Walton led all scorers and finished with a double-double, closing the night out with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Evan Busby added 13 points, Jordan Alexander put in 12 points and Cortney Walton was the last double-figure scorer with 10 points.

Craven Jr. was the only Bobcat to reach double-digits as he finished with 10 points. Green had a near double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Jack Lewton also added eight points in the loss.

Wesleyan finished the season (2-25) overall and (2-20) in MEC play.

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