Fairmont State outlasts Wesleyan

BUCKHANNON – Fairmont State struggled early, but held off West Virginia Wesleyan Saturday afternoon, 78-67.

The Bobcats held several leads, including a six-point advantage 6:00 into the second half.

After taking an early 4-0 lead, Wesleyan played the Falcons evenly in the first half. Spearheaded by 10 first-half points from senior Kelsey Williams, and three 3-pointers from senior Caleb Ashley, who was playing his first game in over a month after an ankle injury, the Bobcats held a 31-30 halftime lead. In the first frame, the teams were tied seven times and the teams traded the lead nine times. A 3-pointer from Bobcat freshman Chris Dewberry to close the first half scoring provided the one-point halftime advantage.

Wesleyan materialized a 7-2 run in the early minutes of the second half to take a 42-36 lead on a Williams layup at the 14:49 mark. Fairmont bounced back to tie the game at 42-42, and that deadlock was followed by ties at 44, 46, 48 and 50. From that point, Fairmont State took control, producing a 9-0 run and a 59-50 lead it would never lose.

Williams led all scorers with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Ashley scored 12 points in his return, with guard Ray Warren scoring 11 points and collecting a team high six assists.

Fairmont State was able to neutralize Wesleyan’s Noah Cottrill, holding him to half his average, as he scored tallied only seven points and one assist, going 2-for-9 from the floor.

The Bobcats were outrebounded, 39-27.

Isaac Thornton led the Falcons with 22 points, with Brendan Cooper producing a line of 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Isiah Hill provided Fairmont State a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Fairmont State remains in the No. 2 spot in the WVIAC standings, improving to 15-4 overall and 13-2 in the league.

Wesleyan has now dropped five straight and has records of 8-10 and 5-9. The Bobcats will hit the road at 7:30 p.m. today at Concord for a league contest.

Alderson-Broaddus 84, Shepherd 73

PHILIPPI? – Casey Ainslie had 19 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead Alderson-Broaddus past Shepherd 84-73 Saturday in WVIAC action at Rex Pyles Arena.

Kurklin Bohanon followed with 15 points and dished out four assists for the Battlers (13-5, 11-3 WVIAC), who led 41-27 at halftime.

Chad Moore had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Rams (11-8, 8-7).

Alderson-Broaddus will travel to Concord at 7:30 Tuesday.