AB Men’s Basketball Cruises Past Bobcats 74-39

BUCKHANNON, W. Va. -- Senior Casey Ainslie’s two-handed dunk seconds into Thursday’s grudge match kicked off the Alderson Broaddus men’s basketball team’s74-39 rout of arch rival West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The Battlers (4-2, 2-0 WVIAC) opened the contest with a 9-0 run to silence a raucous Rockefeller Center and extended their lead to 22 points in the final minutes of the first half.

AB took a 37-21 lead into the half and was led by senior guard Kurklin Bohanon with 11 points. The Cleveland, Ohio, native finished with a team-high 21 points, going 8-for-17 shooting with four 3-pointers. He also recorded two steals and grabbed four rebounds.

WVWC (2-2, 0-2 WVIAC) shot a miniscule 21 percent from the field in the first half, and struggled shooting throughout the contest finishing 10-of-56 shooting as a team.

The blue and gold bench helped bury WVWC after the break, outscoring the Bobcats 22-7. Senior forward O’Dell Eargle contributed 15 of AB’s 37 bench points in his first game since Nov. 11. Eargle led the Battlers with nine boards in his 15 minutes of play.

The Bobcats fired 28 shots from the field in the second half and connected on just four. Senior forward Kelsey Williams provided a double-double effort for WVWC with 11 rebounds and 11 points. Williams also added two blocks and was the only Bobcat to score 10 or more points against AB’s stingy defense Thursday.

AB connected on 48 percent of its field goals in the win and reached a game-high 34 point lead with 4:31 seconds remaining in the contest.

The Battlers return home to face Seton Hill Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m.