Bobcats end losing skid; Senators, Battlers fall

BLUEFIELD – West Virginia Wesleyan’s men broke their seven-game losing streak Saturday afternoon, using a strong first half to win defeat Bluefield State 75-60 in WVC play.

Coach Patrick Beilein’s squad connected on 11-of-17 3-point attempts in the victory.

Wesleyan sprinted out of the gate, racing to a quick 30-12 lead, and extended that advantage to 28 points at 50-22 late in the first half. The Big Blues regrouped and eventually cut the deficit to 10 points at 63-53 late in the second half, but the Bobcats held on.

Senior guard Caleb Ashley led the way with 22 points, drilling home six 3-pointers and also dishing off four assists. Kelsey Williams scored 20 points and collected a game-high 13 rebounds, while Soren Dossing hit four shots from behind the arc for 12 points. Ray Warren recorded a team-high six assists.

Wesleyan improves to 9-12 overall and 6-11 in the WVIAC and will entertain Glenville State at 7:30 p.m. today.

Bluefield falls to 2-19 and 2-15 in the WVC.

Wheeling Jesuit 80

D&E …………….. 47

WHEELING – Wheeling Jesuit outrebounded Davis & Elkins by 19 en route to an 80-47 WVC win on Saturday.

Recardo Gaddy had 32 points for the Cardinals, while Ben Siefert added 12 points

The lone Senator to reach double figures was Josh Wamsley. He had a solid day, connecting on five-of-six shots from the field for a team-best 11 points. Devin Miller and Igor Premasunac notched eight points apiece while D’Quan Lynch had seven points and a game-high eight boards.

D&E will visit Concord at 7:30 p.m. today.

West Liberty 92, A-B 79

PHILIPPI – Alderson-Broaddus overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to take a two-point lead in the second half only to see the No. 3 West Liberty respond with a late run in claining a 92-79 victory Saturday in WVC play at Rex Pyles Arena.

Cedric Harris erupted for a game-high 30 points for the Hilltoppers, while Alex Falk connected for 19 points and Shawn Dyer 17.

Kurklin Bohanon guided the Battlers with 29 points. Adam Kline tallied 15 points and Roy Brown added 14.

A-B will entertain West Virginia State at 7:30 p.m. today for a WVC tilt.

West Virginia Wesleyan’s women came up short Saturday afternoon at Bluefield, falling to the Big Blues 79-73. The victory moved Bluefield into the number eight spot in the WVIAC and in a position to host a tournament game. Wesleyan remains in eleventh.

Coach Jackie Devane’s Bobcats scored the final five points of the first half to take a 37-34 lead. Bluefield responded with a 12-2 run to start the second half, producing a 46-39 lead they would never lose. Wesleyan made a late charge, cutting the deficit to a single point at 74-73, but the Big Blues scored the final five points to close the victory.

Charity Harris and Charlene Diggs came off the Bluefield bench to score 19 and 14 points respectively. Their transition offense was aided by Wesleyan’s 30 turnovers.

Atavia Blake led Wesleyan with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Brittany Maxey also pulled a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while posting team highs of four assists and four steals. Freshman Allie Brown added 10 points.

Bluefield improves to 11-9 (9-8) with the win, with Wesleyan falling to 7-13 (6-11). Wesleyan returns home Monday night to host league leader Glenville.