FAIRMONT — The West Virginia Wesleyan College men’s basketball team, 1-4, 0-2, lost an away game to the NABC poll’s number 10 ranked Fairmont State University Falcons, 5-0, 2-0, 96-58 in Mountain East Conference play Tuesday night inside Joe Retton Arena.
Fairmont State opened the first two minutes of the game with a 9-0 run. With 15:55 to play in the first half, Craven connected on a triple as WVWC trailed 12-7. A couple of minutes later, Moran drilled a 3-pointer to bring the Bobcats within five, making the score 17-12. McGrew snuck in the lane with 9:18 left in the first half for a layup to cut the deficit to single digits again at 27-18. The Fighting Falcons responded with a prompt 7-0 run and controlled a 46-30 halftime lead.
In his first start of the season, McGrew drained a trey within the first 30 seconds of the second half. Hibbitt hit a jumper in the lane with 17:16 to go in the second half as Wesleyan scored the first five points of the second half behind 46-35. Fairmont State put the game out of reach with an 18-0 run over the next four minutes.
The Falcons had everything go their way on their home court. Przemyslaw Golek scored a game-high 20 points with three steals. While Isaiah Sanders dropped 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting.
On the other hand, hardly anything positive happened for the Bobcats on either side of the floor in this one. There were a few encouraging bright sports, such as Anthonh Craven Jr., who led the Bobcats in scoring, delivering a team-high 13 points, while snagging six boards. Jayden Hibbitt played well, scoring 12 points, and grabbing five rebounds. Braeden McGrew put together a well-balance performance on the night, notching 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
The WVWC men’s basketball will next take the court this coming Sunday, November 28, when they are set to travel and take on Shepherd in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.