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Basketball ‘Cats fall at home to Senators by 17 in 70-53 setback

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team lost to the Davis & Elkins Senators 70-53 on Saturday evening. The Bobcats struggled mightily from behind the arc, shooting only 1-11 in the loss.

The conference’s sixth leading scorer Sam Rolle IV started the game off with a three, setting the tone for the Senators. Wesleyan came out shooting the ball well and took a 13-8 lead, getting scoring from all around. The Senators answered, scoring a quick seven points to grab the lead back.

After the under-10 media timeout, D&E amped it up and built as big as a nine-point lead. The Bobcats continued to answer blows from the Senators but couldn’t control Rolle IV’s 13 first half points. Wesleyan trailed going into the intermission 34-25.

A Charleston Ponds three and Claren Pierre layup put the Senators up by 14 out of the break, their biggest lead of the game at that point. D&E stayed steady, answering any Bobcat basket with a basket of their own.

WVWC began to chip into the lead with a little under 10 minutes to go, but the Senators answered back with consecutive buckets to put the Bobcats back out of reach. Davis & Elkins got up as much as 22 points late in the game, eventually closing the door on Wesleyan 70-53.

Rolle IV led the way for the Senators, finishing with a game-high 25 points. Rolle also dished out five assists and grabbed four boards. Breland Walton was the only other Senator to reach double-figures with 10 points, including an emphatic alley-oop dunk in the final minutes.

Darius Green finished with 19 points and six rebounds, leading the Bobcats in both categories. D’Vante Rivera chimed in with eight points and Jamal Jacobs recorded six steals.

Wesleyan looks to pickup a key conference win on Wednesday night on the road against Wheeling at 7:30 p.m.


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