Sunday, January 17, 2016

Kentucky Wesleyan Hammers Davis & Elkins for Sixth Straight Win

Kentucky Wesleyan 88

Davis & Elkins 56

Final from Elkins, West Virginia

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan's men's basketball team made West Virginia its own this time around.

"We'll take it," said Kentucky Wesleyan coach Happy Osborne said, whose team won 66-52 at Alderson Broaddus on Thursday in Phillipi, West Virginia.

"We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but we picked it up quite a bit in the second half. We were better offensively (in the second half) because we were better defensively. It all works together.

"Davis & Elkins played a strong first half, but playing without (injured leading scorer) Kevin Bracy-Davis really hurt them."

Nonetheless, the Senators hung tough for much of the first half, before the Panthers (15-2, 3-0) began to assert themselves.

Leading 34-26 at intermission, Wesleyan scorched D & E with a 25-9 burst out of the second-half gate, and it was all Panthers the rest of the way.

KWC took its largest lead with 7:37 to play, when C.J. Blackwell drained a 3-pointer to make it 72-35.

"We got solid production from a lot of folks," Osborne said, "and that's what you're looking for, especially on the road."

Blackwell was tremendous throughout for the Panthers, finishing with a game-best 23 points on 7-of-10 floor shooting, including 6-of-8 marksmanship from 3-point range. Jordan Jacks produced 18 points and 10 rebounds, Marcus Fillyaw scored 10 points and dished eight assists, and Ken-Jah Bosley added 11 points and four assists.

The Panthers shot a stunning 73 percent from the field in the second half (22-of-30) and outrebounded the Senators by a 43-33 margin. KWC was 11-of-21 from 3-point range for the game (52 percent), but made only 5-of-14 foul shots (36 percent).Davis and Elkins (6-11, 1-3), which shot just 29 percent for the game (20-of-70) was paced by Wesley Sprinkle's 13 points.

KWC doesn't play again until Saturday when it hosts to Trevecca.

"Hopefully, we'll continue to play well," Osborne said, "and hopefully we'll have a big crowd come out Saturday to support this team. We need to have that good home-court advantage against Trevecca."

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