UC men topple Bobcats, 80-60

By Jesse Skiles

Sports Correspondent

BUCKHANNON West Virginia Wesleyan’s men suffered their second consecutive home loss Saturday afternoon, falling to a talented Charleston squad 80-60.

The loss drops the Bobcats back to the .500 mark overall at 5-5.

Six different Golden Eagles scored in double figures. The balanced attack was led by Xavier Humphrey with 17 points, and Evan Faulkner with 15. UC led in team rebounding 35-29.

“They have some skilled players and they do a lot of things well as a team,” Wesleyan head coach Pat Beilein said. “We made some mistakes that you can’t make against a quality team like that.”

Kelsey Williams led the Bobcats with another double-double, posting game highs with 21 points and 14 rebounds. T.J. Thompson produced 15 points behind four three-pointers, and Noah Cottrill added 11.

Wesleyan started strong and had a 10-6 lead five minutes into the contest, but Charleston responded with a 14-0 run to snag the lead for good.

The Bobcats battled back and shaved the lead to 36-32 in the last minute of the half, but Charleston ended the first half with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, and opened the second half with another bomb to extend the lead to 42-32.

Wesleyan kept the margin workable and the game stood at 67-56 with five minutes remaining. The Golden Eagles closed the game with a surge to create the final deficit.

Charleston improves to 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the league. Wesleyan stands at 5-5 overall and 2-4 in the WVIAC. The Bobcats open a critical stretch that includes three conference games this week.

They travel to West Virginia State’s Fleming Hall at 7:30 p.m. today.