Wesleyan’s stingy defense held Glenville State to nearly 25 points below their season average and made several key stops down the stretch, helping the Bobcats to a 67-64 win Monday at Rockefeller Center.
Despite their offensive struggles, the Pioneers had a chance to tie the game as time expired, but Tryvan Leech’s desperation three-point try fell short, and the ‘Cats snapped their four-game skid.
The Bobcats dominated the first half, harassing Glenville State into 31 percent shooting. Wesleyan came out hot, and made 15-of-29 first half field goals, including 6-of-12 three point attempts, and headed into the break up 38-25.
But the Pioneers started the second half with an 18-7 run, and pulled to within two points with 12 minutes remaining. The Bobcats roared back however, and stretched the lead back to double digits with a 9-0 spurt of their own, and led 54-43 with 8:56 left on the clock.
Glenville State responded by attacking the basket, and five free throws and two Allen Boyd layups later, the Pioneers were within one possession of tying the game, down 54-51 with 5:55 left.
The teams traded baskets until Anthony Kimble’s three-point play brought the Pioneers to within two with 1:04 remaining. Deon Briscoe had a chance to tie the game with two free throws at the 31-second mark, but only converted one, shaving Wesleyan’s lead to one point.
Steve Nichols, Ryan Hoehner and Jared Chafin all split a pair of free throws down the stretch to ice the victory.
Hoehner and Justin Caldwell, who played well in his first collegiate start, led four Bobcats in double figures with 13 points each. Hoehner also added a career-high 14 rebounds. Chafin chipped in with 12 points and five assists, while Jerel Thomas, in his first start of the season, scored 10 points. Kenny Batson also turned in a solid performance in his first start of the year, tallying four points and three steals.
Leech’s 15 points led the Pioneers, while Anthony Kimble had 13 points and six rebounds.
With their second victory over Glenville State this season, the ‘Cats improve to 4-9 overall and 2-4 in WVIAC play. The Pioneers fall to 4-8 and 2-3.
The Pioneers return to action on Thursday as they travel to take on WV State. GSC will look to avenge their earlier season home lose to the Yellow Jackets. Tip Off is at 7:30pm