BUCKHANNON - Alderson-Broaddus bottled up the Wesleyan shooters Thursday night, locking up the Bobcats for a convincing 74-39 road victory to open WVC play. The aggressive Battler defense held Wesleyan to only 10 field goals, as it was only able to shoot 17.9 percent from the field (10-of-56).
"We did a good job on them, particularly in the first 15 minutes of the game," A-B coach Greg Zimmerman said. "We let up a little at the end of the first half, then let them get some open looks at the start of the second half. But overall, it was a good effort."
A-B surged early, taking a quick 9-0 lead and extending it to a 22-6 advantage in the first 10:00. Wesleyan kept the deficit at 16 as the Battlers led 37-21 at the half. Wesleyan cut the lead to 38-26 in the early minutes of the second half, but A-B answered with a 22-2 run that settled the issue decisively.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Alderson-Broaddus’ Jonathan Ferguson drives to the basket against a pair of Wesleyan defenders Thursday night in West Virginia Conference action at the Rockefeller Center in Buckhannon. Ferguson had 14 points as the Battlers earned an impressive 74-39 victory.
"We started out the second half the same way against Bowie State and actually lost the lead," Zimmerman said. "If Wesleyan would have hit a few open looks at that point, they could have gotten even closer.
"That is a matter of focus and something that we talked about at halftime. It is something that we are going to need to correct."
Kurklin Bohanon led A-B with 21 points, and was followed in double figures by O'Dell Eargle with 15 and Jonathan Ferguson with 14.
Kelsey Williams led Wesleyan with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. The Battlers held Wesleyan's array of long- range shooters to only 14.3 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-28).
"A-B does a great job working together offensively and defensively," Wesleyan first-year coach Patrick Beilein said. "We didn't shoot the ball well tonight, but you have to give A-B's defense credit for shutting us down, When you shoot 17 percent from the floor, you don't win many games"
Wesleyan falls to 2-2 (0-2 WVC) with the loss, while A-B improves to 4-2 and 2-0.
The Bobcats will travel to Glenville State on Saturday, while the Battlers are idle until a Dec. 8 home tilt against Seton Hill.