Monday, February 23, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan Dismantles Davis & Elkins to Stay Near Top of G-MAC Standings

Kentucky Wesleyan 92
Davis & Elkins 54

Final from Elkins, West Virginia

Game recap by KWC:

The Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team dominated both ends of the floor Saturday afternoon, as a combination of hot shooting and stingy defense allowed the Panthers to take a 92-54 victory over conference foe Davis & Elkins in Elkins, West Virginia.

The Panthers (19-7, 8-4 in G-MAC) shot 64.5 percent from the field in the second half, eventually finishing at a 56.7 percent clip for the game. KWC also knocked down 10-of-18 3-pointers for 55.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, the Senators (6-18, 2-11) made 47.4 percent of their shots from the floor, but 20 forced turnovers by the Panthers severely limited offensive chances for Davis & Elkins. The Senators knocked down 18-of-38 shots from the field, but KWC was 34-of-60.

C.J. Blackwell scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Panthers, while Marcus Fillyaw poured in 19 points, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Ken-Jah Bosley chipped in 12 points.

Tre Boutilier and Hikeem Stewart both earned starting nods and had productive games, as Boutilier pulled down a team-best six rebounds and Stewart finished with seven points and a game-high eight assists.

Second-year KWC coach Happy Osborne said he was pleased with his team's overall effort against a young Davis & Elkins squad.

"I thought our guys played hard," he said. "A good team effort, much better by miles.

"It was a consistent effort defensively. We had 23 deflections at halftime, I'm not sure how many we ended with. We played zone the last 10 or 12 minutes. I really like (Senators coach) Chris Cottrell — he's got a lot of young guys, and this program is going to get there. He's doing it with freshmen. When you do that, it takes some time, and I've got a lot of respect for him. The last thing we want to do is embarrass somebody."

Juwan Strothers led Davis & Elkins with 12 points, and Wesley Sprinkle added 10 points.

KWC finished with substantial advantages in rebounding (34-19), assists (24-11), steals (10-2), paint scoring (42-14), turnovers (9-20), points off turnovers (24-14) and bench scoring (26-14).

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