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Bobcats beat reigning MEC champs on the road

WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia Wesleyan shot 56 percent from the field and out-rebounded Wheeling Jesuit by eight on its way to a 78-60 road win over the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.

Dusan Vicentic led four players in double figures with 18 points. Luka Petrovic and Fred Bronstead each added 16 points for the Bobcats, and Petrovic handed out nine assists. Clay Todd chipped in 12 points.

Franck Kamgain had 15 points for Wheeling Jesuit. Steve Cannady scored 11 for the Cardinals.

The ‘Cats were efficient on both ends of the court, limiting their turnovers to just eight while amassing six blocks and seven steals.

After going 3-1 to open the 2018-19 season on the road, coach Jack Meriwether’s Bobcats will return to Buckhannon for a huge game Monday night against the nationally-ranked Hilltoppers of West Liberty.

That game is slated to tip-off at 7:30 p.m., following the women’s match-up at 5:30 p.m.

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(Story by the Mountain East Conference)

West Liberty 158, Glenville State 106
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. 
— West Liberty shot 63 percent from the field and drained 22 three-pointers in a 158-106 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers scored 87 points and led by 36 after the first half. WLU then added 71 more points in the final 20 minutes to win by 52. West Liberty also had an impressive 56-35 advantage on the glass, including 17 on the offensive end.

Dalton Bolon had 31 points to lead eight players in double figures for the Hilltoppers. Tyler Primmer added 22, Will Yoakum had 19 and Ariel Watson had 18. Yahel Hill had eight assists and Marlon Moore posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Kalin Johnson had 29 points to lead GSC. Howard Smith chipped in 19 and Darhius Nunn scored 13 points and handed out nine assists.

Fairmont State 99, Charleston 96 (2OT)
FAIRMONT, W.Va.
 — Fairmont State outlasted Charleston in two overtimes, 99-96, on Saturday afternoon at Joe Retton Arena.

Charleston’s Seth O’Neal made a layup in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime. Fairmont State’s Cole VonHandorf sank a pair of free throws with a second left in the first overtime to extend the game to another overtime period. After UC went out to a five-point lead in the second overtime, the Falcons stormed back on an 13-5 run over three minutes to take control of the game and hold on for the win.

FSU’s Jason Jolly pumped in a game-high 39 points hitting six three-pointers. Andrew Emrick added 26 points.

Drew Rackley had 29 points to lead UC. Devon Robinson had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

West Virginia State 88, Shepherd 80
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va
. — West Virginia State pulled away from Shepherd in the second half to pick up an 88-80 win on the road on Saturday afternoon.

The game was tied at halftime, but after WVSU went in front early in the second half the Yellow Jackets remained in the lead the rest of the way.

Gus Stone had 26 points and four assists to lead the way for West Virginia State. Ernest Jenkins had 22 and Glen Abram netted 14.

Jon Preston paced Shepherd with 17 points and six rebounds. Thomas Lang had 16 for the Rams.

UVa-Wise 93, Urbana 70
WISE, Va. 
— UVa-Wise raced out to a 56-41 first half lead and cruised to a 93-70 win over Urbana on Saturday afternoon.

UVa-Wise shot 56 percent from the field in the game, including 62 percent in the first half. Michal Seals led the way with 22 points and seven assists. Eric Okenchi added 16 points with seven rebounds. Briggs Parris chipped in 12.

Matt Treacy led Urbana with a game-high 26 points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Malik Jacobs scored 18.

Notre Dame 80, Concord 69
ATHENS, W.Va.
 — Notre Dame erased a seven-point first half deficit and went on to down Concord, 80-69, on Saturday afternoon at the Carter Center.

After the Falcons pulled even midway through the second half, they went on a 16-2 run in a five minute stretch to grab a 67-56 lead over the Mountain Lions. Will Vorhees and Larenz Thurman sparked the run with seven and six points, respectively.

Vorhees finished with 28 points and 10 rebound, while Thurman added 21. Isaiah Sanders had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Jair Rodgers scored 23 points for Concord, while Tommy Bolte scored 20 points with six assists and five rebounds.

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