Jesuit Downed By Charleston

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Jesuit Men’s Basketball entered Monday night’s game against the University of Charleston on one night’s rest and on the heels of a two-game winning streak.

Junior forward Kyle Ritz led the Cardinals in the first half.  Ritz hit 4 of 5 shots from the field, including one three-pointer, and had four rebounds as Wheeling Jesuit led at the intermission 30-27.

Wheeling Jesuit held an advantage in shooting percentage in the first half.  Jesuit connected on 41.9% of its shots, while Charleston hit only 36.4%.  Jesuit dominated points in the paint 12 to 4.  Finally, Jesuit only committed 3 turnovers in the first half, while Charleston had 7.   Charleston kept the score within 3 points by connecting on 41.7% of its three-point attempts.

As the second half began, Charleston caught fire hitting 3 of 4 three-point attempts to go ahead 39-33.  Jesuit went stone cold struggling to keep pace.  Charleston pressed the lead to eight getting behind the Jesuit defense.

A dunk by Kyle Ritz and a reverse layup by Tim Goff cut the Charleston lead to four. But Charleston would connect on four of its next five possessions, including a three-pointer, to take an 11 point lead 52-41 at the 8:35 mark.

Jesuit pulled within 6 points on a Chase Lawson layup, a Justin Fritts steal and layup and a Haywood Highsmith dunk.  But Charleston’s Aleksander Kesic hit a clutch 3-pointer to push the lead back to nine points.  

Jesuit made a couple clutch shots at the end of the game to make it interesting, but Charleston hit its foul shots down the stretch to win the game 67-63.

Ritz finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds.  Freshman guard Patrick Moseh finished with 11 points and three rebounds.

The loss drops the Wheeling Jesuit’s overall record to 11-8 and 7-7 in the Mountain East Conference.  WJU Men’s Basketball returns to action Thursday night when it hosts University of Virginia-Wise at 7:30 p.m. at the McDonough Center.

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