"I didn't think we had it, I didn't think we had it at shoot around today," said State Coach Bryan Poore, whose team was coming off a 105-92 win against Glenville State in Institute. "I told them at shoot around today that their body language told me they didn't have the same excitement that they had two nights ago.
"We hadn't played in so long and we've been back practicing and all that so they were excited the other night to get to play. Now, you win one, you're feeling good about yourself and they lost that ... whatever that is. They didn't have that look in their eye, they didn't have that focus, they didn't have that intensity. They didn't have it."
Whatever "that" is, Wesleyan found it.
Beilein made his living at WVU through 3-pointers, where he was 242-of-675. The Bobcats were effective from long range, where one of Beilein's additions - freshman Soren Dossing - made three shots in the final 7:47 of the half to help Wesleyan create space.
Where Beilein admittedly did not excel while in college, on defense, also is where the Bobcats were proficient.
They challenged every shot, and while State missed some baskets from close, the Yellow Jackets had to battle for every chance.
The rebounds were even at 40 and State even had seven more offensive boards than the Bobcats, but it resulted in just an 11-4 edge in second-chance points.
This could be considered an important victory for the Bobcats, who avoided the first three-game losing streak of Beilein's coaching career.
Wesleyan returns home on Thursday where the Bobcats will host Pitt Johnstown, which took NCAA Division II top-ranked West Liberty to the wire on the road before falling 101-92.
State will also have a test on Thursday when Shepherd visits Fleming Hall. The upstart Rams, who are fifth in the WVC with a 5-2 league record, dropped a heartbreaker at Shepherdstown to West Liberty, 114-99. Also, State visits archrival University of Charleston at 6 p.m. Saturday.
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