BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan's men turned in a dominant team performance Thursday night, rolling to a convincing 76-56 victory over visiting Seton Hill.
The Bobcats came out of the gates quick, racing to an immediate 22-2 lead in the game's first nine minutes, gaining a comfortable lead they would never relinquish.
"After two tough games on the road, I was very pleased to see us come with that kind of energy and passion," Wesleyan head coach Jim Boone said. "When you have a group that can bounce back like that, it says something about their pride and their character."
Wesleyan held a 41-18 advantage at halftime, and pushed that lead to as high at 27 points at 62-35. The Bobcats went cold at that point, and the Griffins mounted a brief rally, cutting the margin to 11 at 65-54 with four minutes remaining. Wesleyan responded, closing the game strong with an11-2 run.
"For the first 30 minutes of the game, our defense was about as good as it gets," Boone said. "The rebounding effort was also about as good as we could ask for. When you hold a team to only three offensive rebounds when they shot only 35 percent, that is an efficient job. That means out of 37 possible defensive boards, we got 34 of them. I will take that any night."
Kelsey Williams led the Bobcats with 21 points and 14 rebounds, as the athletic forward has been making a habit of double-doubles. Reggie Chambers scored 18 points and recorded a game-high six assists. Travis Johnson added 11 points off the bench.
Matt Miller scored 17 points to lead Seton Hill. The Bobcats outrebounded the Griffins soundly, 46-24.
Wesleyan raises its mark to 7-5 with the victory. Seton Hill falls to 6-7. The Bobcats hit the road next week for a conference matchup at Bluefield State on Tuesday.
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BUCKHANNON - Seton Hill held off a strong second half Wesleyan comeback, defeating the homestanding Lady Bobcats 69-68.
The Lady Griffins drilled nine-three pointers in defeating Wesleyan for the second time this season.
"I really thought we were hyped to come out and play well tonight after losing to them up there," Wesleyan head coach Jackie DeVane said. "Unfortunately we didn't play as well in this one as we talked about it. Hopefully, this will be a setback which we came pull together from and come back strong next game."
Seton Hill led 31-26 at the break, and extended that lead to 54-46 midway through the second half.
Wesleyan battled back to tie the game at 54-54 and 60-60, before briefly taking the lead at 62-61.
However, the Lady Griffins connected on a pair of outside shots on consecutive possessions to regain control.
The Lady Bobcats had the ball for one final opportunity to win, but could not convert.
"We have to play defense for a full 40 minutes to be successful in this league," DeVane lamented. "We worked hard to get ourselves back in the game, then we took some breaks defensively and you can't get away with that."
Jamie Kaufman led Wesleyan with 24 points and seven rebounds, with Lydia Bridenbaugh scoring 20 and also pulling down seven boards. Daria Abros'kina was again the assist leader, coming off the bench to contribute five.
Paige Alviani led Seton Hill with 16 points. The Lady Griffins' balanced attack also included Kattie Gattuso with 14, Megan Mignogna with 12, and Tiara Stossel with 11.
Wesleyan falls to 8-4 (5-2), while Seton Hill raises its mark to 5-11 (4-5).
The Lady Bobcats remain in league play next Tuesday traveling to Bluefield State.