West Virginia Wesleyan pulled off a major late-season upset Monday night in WVIAC men's basketball action, gaining a thrilling 79-76 overtime victory at Alderson-Broaddus. Ray Warren put the Bobcats up in the final minute of overtime on a traditional three-point play, with teammate Soren Dossing adding a pair of free throws in the final seconds.
Tanner McGrew highlighted a late run by the Bobcats at the end of the first half, draining a three-pointer to send Wesleyan into halftime with a 35-28 lead. Alderson-Broaddus opened up the second half with a 19-11 surge, as the Battlers reclaimed the lead at 47-46. It remained close in the final minutes as neither team could deliver the game-winner in the waning seconds of regulation.
McGrew scored the opening basket of the overtime, and the teams remained deadlocked at 74-74 going into the final minute of the extra frame. This set the stage for the late game heroics from Warren and Dossing.
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Wesleyan’s Kesley Williams goes up for a shot in front of an Alderson-Broaddus defender Monday in?WVIAC action.
Kelsey Williams led the Wesleyan offense, working the low post for 28 points. He was complemented by Warren, who produced 11 points and team highs of five assists and four steals. Noah Cottrill added 11 points.
Battler Kurklin Bohannon led all scorers with 32 points, including a sterling 7-of-11 performance on three-point attempts. He was followed by teammate Roy Brown with 15.
Alderson-Broaddus remains in third place in the league with the loss as their record falls to 16-8 overall, and 14-6 in the WVIAC. For Wesleyan, it was their third victory in their last four games as their overall record improves to 11-13. They are 8-12 in the league.
"We played composed basketball both offensively and defensivelywe passed up good shots for great shots and that was the difference," Wesleyan coach Pat Beilein said. "We battled them for a full 45 minutes and the players did a great job of executing the game plan. We played with a lot of energy and we were able to match their physicality."
Wesleyan travels to the Eastern Panhandle Thursday night, facing Shepherd. Alderson-Broaddus remains local, traveling to Davis & Elkins.
Wesleyan 49, Alderson-Broaddus 47
West Virginia Wesleyan held off a late Alderson-Broaddus charge Monday night, holding off the Battlers 49-47. In getting the road win, the Bobcats also ended their five-game losing streak.
After the teams battled through a tight first half, Wesleyan carried a 25-23 lead into the locker room. The Bobcats came out strong in the second half, opening with a 12-2 surge that extended their lead to 37-25. The Battlers chipped away at that lead down the stretch, but came up just short, missing a game-tying attempt in their final possession.
Coach Jackie Devane's Bobcats came with a very balanced attack, putting three different women in double figures in the defensive tussle. Allie Browne connected on three three-pointers to lead the way with 11 points. Brittany Maxey posted another double double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Atavia Blake scored 10 points, while Brittany Williams came off the bench to score eight points. Browne also dished off a game-high six assists.
Leah Hurst led the Battlers with 20 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Amanda Peoples with 10. The Battlers were stifled by a Wesleyan defense that held them to only 16-of-56 shots from the field, including a rough 2-of-18 night from beyond the arc.
Alderson-Broaddus falls to 7-17 overall, and 6-14 in the WVIAC, while Wesleyan improves to 8-15 and 7-13. Wesleyan hits the road Thursday, traveling to Shepherd. A-B travels to Davis & Elkins the same night.