BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan opened the second half with a 12-0 run Thursday night, coming back to post a key 74-69 victory over the visiting Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats.
Coach Pat Beilein's squad moved up to sixth place in the WVIAC standings.
Pitt-Johnstown was efficient on the offensive end in the first half, while the cold-shooting Bobcats were only 2-for-12 from field in the half. Carrying a 40-30 lead into the intermission, UPJ had a big lead and the momentum.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Wesleyan’s Noah Cottrill goes up for a shot in front of a Pitt-Johnstown defender Thursday in WVIAC?action.
Wesleyan responded with a major effort, shutting out the Mountain Cats for six minutes while taking the lead at 42-40. The Bobcats pushed the advantage to 56-48 minutes later and held on down the stretch.
Kelsey Williams led Wesleyan with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Noah Cottrill added 16 points.
Nick Novak led Pitt-Johnstown with 19 points, while Ian Vescovi tallied 16.
Wesleyan improves to 7-5 overall and an even .500 in the league at 4-4. Pitt-Johnstown falls to 6-6 overall and 3-6.
Wesleyan will entertain Davis &?Elkins at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Alderson-Broaddus 75 Wheeling Jesuit 72
WHEELING?- Kurklin Bohanon had 16 points and pulled down four rebounds to lead Alderson-Broaddus past Wheeling?Jesuit 75-72 Thursday in West Virginia Conference action.
O'Dell Eargle, Jonathan Ferguson and Roy Brown had 13 points each for the Battlers (8-3, 6-1 WVIAC), who led 47-39 at halftime.
Ferguson pulled down six rebounds, while Brown had four assists for A-B.
Justin Fritts had 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Cardinals (5-6, 2-5).
A-B will host Glenville State at 7:30 p.m. Monday in WVIAC action.
Glenville State 106, Davis & Elkins 87
GLENVILLE? - Jamel Morris had 33 points to lead Glenville State past Davis & Elkins 106-86 Thursday in WVIAC?action.
Kevin Gray followed with 18 points, while Joe Ballard and Lamar Mallory had 13 points each for the Pioneers (8-5), who led 53-36 at halftime.
Devin Miller had 19 points to lead the Senators (3-8).
D&E will travel to Wesleyan at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Wesleyan 67, OT
BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan's women produced a gallant comeback Thursday night, rallying from a 13-point deficit with 10 minutes left to force overtime.
But the Lady Bobcats came up short in the end, losing in overtime to the visiting Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats, 71-67.
Pitt-Johnstown was effective early, rolling to a 16-point halftime lead at 41-25. It held onto to that margin well into the second half before Wesleyan started chipping away at the lead in the final eight minutes.
Playing stellar defense late, Wesleyan scored the final seven points to tie the game at 58-58 at the end of regulation. A three-pointer from freshman Allie Browne tied the game in the final seconds.
Pitt-Johnstown regrouped and hit some key shots down the stretch. A three-pointer from Wesleyan's Brittany Maxey narrowed the margin to two points late, but UPJ hit its free throws down the stretch.
Maxey led Wesleyan with 16 points and 18 rebounds, while Brittany Williams added 14.
Danesha Richardson and Atavia Blake each scored 10 points. Browne score nine points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
Rachel Johnson of Pitt-Johnstown led all scorers with 26 points, followed by Kelsey Sleighter with 17 and Kaitlynn Fratz 10.
The Mountain Cats led the team rebounding battle, 49-46.
Pitt-Johnstown improves to 6-6 overall and 4-5 in the WVIAC. Wesleyan falls to 4-7 overall and 3-5.
The Lady Bobcats will be back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday against WVC foe Davis & Elkins.
Alderson-Broaddus 67, Wheeling Jesuit 59
WHEELING - Amanda Peoples had 22 points to lead Alderson-Broaddus past Wheeling?Jesuit 67-59 Thursday in WVIAC action.
Nautica Davis followed with 11 points and four rebounds for A-B (3-8, 2-5 WVIAC).
Taneka Lewis had 16 points to lead Wheeling?Jesuit (4-7, 1-6). Brenna Butler added 12.
The Lady Battlers will host Glenville State at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Glenville State 100,
Davis & Elkins 92
GLENVILLE - Ginny Mills had 31 points to lead Glenville State past Davis & Elkins 100-92 Thursday in WVIAC action.
Kenyona Simmons added 15 points, while Ashleigh Fossett chipped in with 14 points for the Lady Pioneers (12-2), who led 46-44 at halftime.
Maquasia Ferebee had 19 points, while Page Turner added 16 points to lead the Lady Senators (5-7).
D&E will travel to Wesleyan at 2 p.m. on Saturday for a WVC contest.