College Men & Women Basketball

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (February 16, 2019)

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Charleston 88, #2 West Liberty 87

Drew Rackley hit a three-pointer near the end of regulation to force overtime, and Charleston went on to down No. 2 West Liberty, 88-87, on Saturday afternoon at the ASRC.

The Golden Eagles trailed by five with less than two minutes to play, but a pair of free throws from Josh Floyd converted two free throws and Rackley’s triple forced an extra period.

WLU took an 81-79 lead after a jumper from Eric Meininger, but Keith Williams answered with a critical three to put UC back in front. Charleston would go 4-for-4 from the free throw line to help make it a two-possession game, meaning Luke Dyer’s three in the waning seconds made the final margin 88-87.

Rackley had 22 points to lead UC. LaMont McManus had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double, and Floyd contributed 14 points. Keith Williams tossed in 13 more for the Golden Eagles.

Meininger exploded for 30 points to pace the Hilltoppers. He was 11-of-15 from the field and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Yahel Hill and Will Yoakum each finished with 14 points in the loss.

Glenville State 100, Urbana 97 (2OT)

Phil Bledsoe’s three-pointer in double overtime helped Glenville State edge Urbana, 100-97, on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center.

The two teams were deadlocked at 78-78 at the end of regulation, and Urbana’s Malik Jacobs made a layup with :15 seconds left to force a second extra session. With the game tied at 96-96 with under :30 seconds left in the second overtime, Bledsoe drained a crucial three to give the Pioneers a three-point advantage.

Urbana was able to make 1-of-2 from the free throw line on its next possession, and Glenville State did the same when it got the ball back. Urbana had one last chance to force overtime, but could not get the three-point attempt to go down allowing GSC to hold on for the win.

Bledsoe poured in 28 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in the victory. Noah Frampton added 22 more, while Jamal Pollydore had 17 points to go with four assists before fouling out. Elisha Mayberry (14) and Kalin Johnson (10) each reached double figures.

Urbana was led by 28 points from Datrey Long. Jacobs finished with 23 more for the Blue Knights, and Matt Treacy chipped in 19 points and tallied nine rebounds and dished out five assists.

Concord 91, Fairmont State 80

Concord used a 15-4 run to start the second half as it took control of Fairmont State in a 91-80 win at Joe Retton Arena Saturday afternoon in Mountain East Conference action.

Down 44-41 at halftime, the Mountain Lions surged out of the locker room as Trey Brisco, Malik Johnson and Jair Rodgers combined for all 15 points. The run continued as Brandon Kennedy canned two three-pointers with the second coming at the 12:04 mark to put Concord up 62-51.

After the second Kennedy triple, Concord did not allow the Fighting Falcons to close the deficit to single digits and worked the lead up to 20 points, 87-67, after a Johnson layup with 1:20 remaining in the contest.

The Mountain Lions exploded for 50 points in the second half, and held the Fighting Falcons to 33.3 percent (13-for-39) shooting in the second half. FSU was only 3-for-20 (15 percent) from three-point range in the second half as well.

Rodgers had his third 30-point game of the season as he poured in 31 points on 10-for-19 shooting and was 5-for-10 from three-point distance. Tommy Bolte scored 19 points as he went 10-for-10 at the foul line. Johnson added 18 points and three more steals. Brisco and Simun Kovac each nearly tallied double-double as Brisco went for nine points and 10 rebounds. Kovac secured a team-best 12 rebounds while scoring eight points.

Jason Jolly had 24 points to lead Fairmont State. RJ Hutcherson contributed 14 points, while Vonte Montgomery tossed in 13.

UVa-Wise 84, Shepherd 77

Shepherd shot 71 percent in the first half and held off UVa-Wise in the second half to defeat the Cavs, 84-77, on Saturday at the Butcher Center.

The Rams made 15-of-21 in the first half and were +6 on the glass as they led by nine, 43-34, at the break. SU led by as many as 19 in the second half, but UVa-Wise closed the game on a 27-15 spurt to get the final margin under double digits.

Thomas Lang had 20 points to lead Shepherd to the win. Derek McKinght added 17 more, while Jarrell Jones came off the bench and hit four three to contribute 15 points.

UVa-Wise was led by 25 points from Cameron Whiteside. Briggs Parriss netted 16, while Kaeleb Carter and Chance Sheffey each scored 14. 

Wheeling Jesuit 91, WV State 81

Wheeling Jesuit won for the fourth time in five outings on Saturday defeating West Virginia State, 91-81, at the McDonough Center.

The Cardinals led by as many as 29 points in the first half and went into the locker room with a 23-point advantage. WJU shot 59 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, while WVSU managed to just shoot 27 percent. Wheeling Jesuit also out-rebounded WVSU by 13 in the first half.

Tariq Woody was 13-of-14 from the field and ended his night with a game-high 28 points. He also had 10 rebounds. Steve Cannady had 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for his night. Franck Kamgain and DeAndre Robinson each had 12 points.

Pat Johnson-Agwu led WVSU with 26 points. Isaiah Noel netted 17 points in the loss.

Notre Dame 85, WV Wesleyan 68

Will Vorhees went for 32 points to lead Notre Dame to a 85-68 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Center.

The Falcons shot 49 percent from the field and out-rebounded West Virginia Wesleyan by 22 in the game.

Vorhees was 14-of-20 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the win. Isaiah Sanders added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Drew Scarberry drained five three-pointers and ended with 16 points. Bruce Hodges contributed 11 assists, 10 rebounds and five steals.

Daylin Lee came off the bench to lead West Virginia Wesleyan with 17 points and five rebounds. Luka Petrovic added 15 points and nine assists.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (February 16, 2019)

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West Liberty 76, Charleston 60

West Liberty handed Charleston a 76-60 defeat on Saturday afternoon at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers (17-7, 14-4) hit 12 three-pointers on the day and out-rebounded UC by a 44-34 margin. WLU was in control for most of the day leading for 38 minutes.

Marissa Brown had another big day with 21 points and 18 rebounds to go with five blocked shots. Morgan Brunner came off the bench and hit five three-pointers for her 15 points, while Johnie Olkosky had four three-pointers and finished with 14 points. Audrey Tingle filled the box score with 12 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

Raziyah Farrington was 8-of-16 from the field to lead Charleston (19-5, 14-4) with 20 points. Anna Hayton tossed in 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Brooklyn Pannell netted 12 points and had nine rebounds.

#23 Glenville State 117, Urbana 85

Glenville State hit 15 three-pointers and cruised to a 117-85 win over Urbana on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers (22-2, 17-1) hit nine of their 15 threes in the first half to help them build a 75-45 lead at the break. GSC also forced 22 turnovers game converting those into 35 points on its way to the win. Glenville State had a 52-36 advantage in rebounds as well.

Ty Armstrong tossed in 24 points, while Re’Shawna Stone added 23 more for the Pioneers. Emily Stoller added 15 and Zakiyah Winfield contributed 13 more.

Urbana (3-19, 3-15) was led by 16 points and six rebounds from Sa’Dera Johnson. Nikki Current had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Megan Beachy finished with 10.

Concord 79, Fairmont State 67

Concord held off Fairmont State in the second half and downed the Falcons, 79-67, on Saturday afternoon at Joe Retton Arena.

Concord (19-5, 14-4) led by 17 at the half after holding Fairmont State to just four points in the second quarter, but the Falcons used a strong third quarter to cut the deficit to just seven. FSU would get as close as four early in the final 10 minutes, but Concord would not allow the Falcons to get any closer and closed out the victory.

CU received 18 points apiece from Andreanna Pool and Maggie Guynn. Emily Boothe was 5-of-8 from the field and finished with 13 points, and Riley Fitzwater had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Rachel Laskody had 19 points for Fairmont State (10-14, 7-11). Sierra Kotchman added 17 points, while Brooke Kurucz had 13 points to go with four rebounds and four assists.

UVa-Wise 75, Shepherd 66

UVa-Wise broke free in the second quarter and picked up a 75-66 win over Shepherd on Saturday afternoon at the Butcher Center.

The Cavs (12-12, 10-8) controlled the glass, 47-30—including 15 offensive rebounds, in the victory. Cynita Webb notched another double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the way for UVa-Wise. Hannah Oliver had 14 points to go with five assists, while Kalee Johnson netted 13.

Kari Lankford and Marley McLaughlin each had 14 points for Shepherd. Liz Moorman had 12 points and six rebounds.

Wheeling Jesuit 71, WV State 70

Taliah Cashwell’s jumper in the final seconds lifted Wheeling Jesuit to a 71-70 victory over West Virginia State on Saturday afternoon at the McDonough Center.

Trailing by a point, West Virginia State’s Anesha Harmon went to the line and made both to give the Yellow Jackets the lead. The Cardinals got the ball to Cashwell on the wing for a three, but it would not go down. Chenelle Moore got the loose ball for the offensive rebound, and fed it to Cashwell in the same spot. She faked her shot and took a dribble in and drained the jumper. WVSU’s desperation heave would not go down giving WJU the win, snapping a 17-game losing streak.

Lauren Lipscomb paced WJU (4-20, 2-16) with 20 points, while Khira Burton added 18 more. Peyton McCord scored 10.

Seirra Womack netted 16 for WVSU (5-19, 4-14) in the loss. Charity Shears scored 15 and Anesha Harmon contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.

Notre Dame 64, WV Wesleyan 43

Notre Dame held West Virginia Wesleyan to just 28 percent shooting as the Falcons rolled to a 64-43 win over the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon.

The Falcons got off to a quick start building a 20-4 lead after the first quarter. The Bobcats battled back to cut the deficit to single digits by halftime, but fell behind by 12 in the third quarter and were only able to manage nine points in the final 10 minutes.

Jessie Stout led the way for NDC (13-11, 10-8) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Ajia McIntire had Abi Oriti each contributed nine points in the victory.

WVWC (5-16, 5-13) received nine points from Victoria Jackson and eight apiece from Alexa Szelong and Abi Gabauer.

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (February 14, 2019)

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#2 West Liberty 131, West Virginia State 100

Dalton Bolon’s career-high 39-point outing propelled #2 West Liberty to a 131-100 win over West Virginia State on Thursday evening at the Walker Center.  The Hilltoppers hit their first six shots from the floor and never looked back on their way to the win.

After pulling away 61-50 at halftime, West Liberty led by as many as 35 points before securing the victory.

Bolon had nine three-pointers on the evening while scoring 25 of his 39 points in the first half.  Will Yoakum chipped in 22 points for West Liberty (20-2, 16-1).  Ariel Watson tallied 11 followed by Evan French with 10.  Brady Arnold and Eric Meininger each had nine with Meininger and Allen hauling in eight rebounds each. The Hilltoppers shot 53% over the course of the evening.

Gus Stone led the effort for West Virginia State (12-11, 9-8) with 25 points on the night.  Glen Abram followed with 17 and Pat Johnson-Awgu chipped in 11 along with a game-high 13 rebounds.  Ernest Jenkins had 10 in the setback.

Fairmont State 93, UVa-Wise 66

Fairmont State trailed just once and built its advantage to as many as 30 points in the second half on its way to a 93-66 win over UVa-Wise on Thursday in Joe Retton Arena.

The Falcons shot 46% from the floor in the victory while scoring 21 points off of turnovers.  Five Fairmont State (17-6, 14-3) players scored double-digit points led by Vonte Montgomery with 21 to go with nine rebounds.  Kenzie Melko chipped in 15 with Jason Jolly and Andrew Emrick each notching 12.  Ron Alston tallied 10 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Briggs Parris paced UVa-Wise (7-16, 4-13) with 17 points.  Cameron Whiteside scored 10 and Eric Okenchi had a team-high eight rebounds on the night.

Concord 77, Shepherd 76

Concord’s Tommy Bolte made a layup with :16 seconds left to give the Mountain Lions a 77-76 win over Shepherd on Thursday night at the Butcher Center.

A close game throughout, neither team led by more than eight points in the 40 minutes of action. Shepherd took a five-point lead after a layup from Winston Burgess to go ahead 72-67 with 3:44 left, but Concord scored the next seven points, capped by a Bolte three-pointer, to move back into the lead with 1:51 to go. Jarrell Jones answered with a three of his own for Shepherd to make it 75-74, and the two teams traded free throws allowing the Rams to hold on to the one-point advantage.

Shepherd tried to deny Bolte the ball, but he managed to get it on the right wing and then cut between two defenders on his way to the basket for the decisive basket. Shepherd had a chance in the final seconds, but a shot from just outside the paint would not go.

Bolte went for 31 points and six rebounds to lead Concord in the win. Jair Rodgers added 18 points and Trey Brisco scored 10.

SU’s Thomas Lang led the way for the Rams with 20 points. Winston Burgess had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jon Preston finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Notre Dame 106, Glenville State 98

Will Vorhees poured in 44 points and hauled in 15 rebounds in a 106-98 win over Glenville State on Thursday afternoon.  The Falcons led 59-51 at the halftime break and trailed just twice in the second half before building their advantage to 13 points late in the game.

In addition to Vorhees’ 44 points, Larenz Thurman netted 25 points for Notre Dame (17-6, 13-4).  Isaiah Saunders chipped in 12 in the win. The Falcons’ bench outscored the Pioneers 23-10 on the night.

Elisha Mayberry led the Pioneers with 23 points in the loss.  Jamal Pollydore netted 21 with Noah Frampton scoring 18.  Phil Bledsoe scored 16 and Kalin Johnson added 10 for Glenville State (9-14, 4-13).

Charleston 80, Wheeling Jesuit 73

Charleston closed out the last stretch of the first half with a 9-0 run and never looked back on its way to an 80-73 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday.

After trailing by as many as 13 points in the second half, the Cardinals battled back late in the game to pull within two points (70-68).  The Golden Eagles answered with a 5-1 run and took advantage of free throw opportunities to secure the 80-73 win. 

Franck Kamgain led all players in the game with 27 points for Wheeling Jesuit (5-18, 4-13).  DeAndre Robinson netted 19 and grabbed six rebounds with Tariq Woody tallying 10 in the loss.

Lamont McManus paced Charleston (16-7, 11-6) with 16 points.  Adam Traore chipped in 16 points to go along with six rebounds. Drew Rackley followed with 11 while Josh Floyd and Devon Robinson each scored 10.  Robinson hauled in a game-high 14 rebounds.

West Virginia Wesleyan 76, Urbana 70

Urbana drained the opening basket but West Virginia Wesleyan answered with back-to-back buckets and led the rest of the way in a 76-70 decision on Thursday in the Rockefeller Center.

The Bobcats headed into halftime with a 39-29 lead and stretched their advantage to as many as 15 points early in the second half.  The Blue Knights pulled with two points (68-66) with 2:34 left in the game before a 6-0 run by West Virginia Wesleyan gave the Bobcats all they would need to secure the win.

Clay Todd led all players in the game with 29 points for West Virginia Wesleyan (10-13, 7-10).  Fred Brondsted chipped in 13 points with Dusan Vicentic notching 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Malik Jacobs led the effort with 18 points for Urbana (5-16, 3-14). Ethan Snapp scored 17 and Darius Barksdale tallied 10.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (February 14, 2019)

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#23 Glenville State 85, Notre Dame 79

Glenville State held off Notre Dame, 85-79, on Thursday night at the Waco Center.

The Falcons led early, but Glenville State stormed back in the second quarter and took a 46-41 lead into the break. GSC’s lead would swell to as many as 19, but NDC chipped away at the lead and got it down to three at 80-77 with still 2:54 to go. After the two teams traded possessions, Re’Shawna Stone hit a key three-pointer to double GSC’s lead. Seina Adachi hit a jumper on the other end, but the Falcons could get no closer.

Donasja Scott poured in 20 points to go with 13 rebounds to lead Glenville State (21-2, 16-1). Stone finished with 18, while Ty Armstrong added 17.

Adachi finished with a team-high 19 points for the Falcons (12-11, 9-8). Jessie Stout added a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

West Liberty 105, West Virginia State 68

West Liberty made 13 three-pointers and shot 71 percent from the floor in the first half on Thursday night as the Hilltoppers won their seventh-straight defeating West Virginia State, 105-68.

WLU (16-7, 13-4) made 14-of-18 in the second quarter and finished with 64 points in the first half. The ‘Toppers also held West Virginia State to 35 percent (24-of-69) shooting from the floor and blocked a school-record 119 blocked shots.

Marissa Brown made 13-of-14 shots to lead the way with 27 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Morgan Brunner scored 17 points while Taylor Johnson filled the stat sheet with 16 points – including 4-for-4 from the 3-point arc – to go along with seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals.

Brandi Beader hit five 3-pointers and finished with 16 points and four blocks while Audrey Tingle added six points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds and four blocks.

West Virginia State (5-18, 4-13) got 15 points from Lyrin Hatcher and 13 more from Anesha Harmon.

UVa-Wise 79, Fairmont State 72

UVa-Wise raced out to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter and settled for a 79-72 win over the Falcons on Thursday night at Joe Retton Arena.

Kalee Johnson scored a career-high 22 points and Cynita Webb had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavs (10-12, 8-8). Hannah Oliver had 13 points, while Ada Stanley tossed in 11.

Fairmont State (10-12, 7-9) received 21 points apiece from Rachel Laskody and Brooke Kurucz. Sierra Kotchman added 18 more.

Concord 80, Shepherd 74

Concord outscored Shepherd by 11 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 80-74 road win over the Rams on Thursday night at the Butcher Center.

Concord (18-5, 14-3) trailed by nine with just over six minutes left but went on a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to grab a narrow lead. With the game tied at 66-66 with 2:28 left to play, Maggie Guynn converted a layup, Keely Lundy made a three and Andreanna Poll capped the 7-0 run with a layup to help put the Mountain Lions in control for good.

Concord’s bench was crucial in the win outscoring the Rams 21-8 in that category. Madison May had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, as did Tamra Scott with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Poll chipped in 18 points, and Emily Boothe added 11 points.

Shepherd (11-12, 8-9) had 16 points apiece from Kayla Tibbs, Marley McLaughlin and Hannah Myers. Kari Lankford had 10 points to go with nine assists and five rebounds.

West Virginia Wesleyan 67, Urbana 64

Summer Matlack’s shot at the buzzer gave West Virginia Wesleyan a 67-64 win over Urbana on Thursday night.

The game saw two dramatic shifts with each team holding a double-digit lead at different points in the contest. With the game tied at 64-64, the Bobcats got the ball and set up for the last shot. After it was kicked to the corner, Matlack faked a drive and then drilled a three as time expired to give the Bobcats the win.

Brittany Stawovy had 18 points for the Bobcats (5-15, 5-12). Alexa Szelong had 12 points and six rebounds, and Jackson added 11. Nicole Gilyard pulled down 12 rebounds.

Urbana (3-18, 3-14) was led by 13 points and six rebounds from Sylvia Hudson. Megan Beach added 12 points and Nikki Current netted 11.

Charleston 62, Wheeling Jesuit 57

Charleston had to rally from a halftime deficit and downed Wheeling Jesuit, 62-57, on Thursday night at the Wehrle Innovation Center.

The Golden Eagles (19-4, 14-3) trailed at the half 27-19 and were down by as many as 11 in the third quarter, but went on a 16-4 run to end the third and take a 43-42 lead. With the game tied at 53-53 with under three minutes to play, UC scored five-straight points to pull away and ultimately settled for the win by that margin.

Raziyah Farrington led the way for UC with 16 points, while Brooklyn Pannell and Anna Hayton each scored 12.

Khira Burton paced WJU (3-20, 1-16) with 23 points. Lauren Lipscomb added 16 points and Chenelle Moore contributed 14 points and nine rebounds.

Glenville State’s Noah Frampton the “Comeback Player of the Year”

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Just six weeks ago, his basketball career was a distant memory; he had been working in the construction business for over two years, and his days on the court was limited to local pick-up games.

Fast forward to February 2nd, a Saturday afternoon in Glenville’s Waco Center. The arena clock was winding down as the Pioneers were down 84-83 to Virginia-Wise in the waning seconds. GSC’s Jamal Pollydore was driving into a double-team, but kicked the ball out to Frampton with only a second left…Frampton quickly squared up and let go just before the buzzer…the ball swished! Teammates and fans rushed the court, in what may have been the most dramatic finish in the short history of the spectacular arena.

Frampton’s story is unique, and the long and winding road that led him to the hills of Central West Virginia is one of the most heartwarming sidebars to the 2019 MEC basketball season.

Noah Frampton has spent his entire life as a resident of Poca, West Virginia. His education in the small Putnam County town included Poca Elementary, Poca Middle School, and eventually Poca High School. Playing both baseball and basketball as a youngster, he quickly gained the reputation as one of the top baseball players in the area.  He entered his freshman year at Poca prepared to make an immediate impact on both teams for his hometown Poca Dots.

In basketball, Frampton was a role player as a ninth grader for legendary head coach Allen Osborne. With over 640 career wins at Poca, Osborne has kept the Dots in the upper echelon of Class AA for 39 years, including a pair of state championships.

In baseball, he started as a freshman playing shortstop, catcher and third base. As a true five-tool player on the diamond, he earned the rarest of honors, making First Team All-State as a freshman.  As a sophomore, he became a starter in basketball on a Dot team that lost by one point in the regional final. In baseball, he again made First Team All-State. Despite two solid baseball seasons as a team, Poca lost each season to a powerful Herbert Hoover team in the sectionals.

During his sophomore season, Frampton and his family were jilted when it was learned their father, Bryan Frampton, had a recurrence of his cancer diagnosis. Bryan was a Poca legend himself, playing for Coach Osborne in the late 80’s, he was a multi-sport star as well. He was noted as one of the most tenacious defenders in the Kanawha Valley, and one of the biggest stars of Osborne’s early Dot teams. He closed his high school career as the school’s all-team leader in steals.

Bryan’s battle with cancer began right after his high school career when he was in the United States Navy. It was caught early, but unfortunately, he needed a leg amputated. He was able to move forward in life cancer free and was effective with his prosthetic leg. But now, in his early 40’s, the cancer had returned and it was in his lungs.

“It was devastating for all of us. He had been told that (the cancer) could possibly return someday, but we all had hoped that day would never come,“ Frampton said. “We worked together through that time as a family.“

At this time, Noah’s younger brother Luke was prepared to burst onto the scene at Poca. Two years behind Noah, he was also a star in both basketball and baseball.  While Noah was highly sought after in the world of Division I baseball, Luke was already being considered a future prospect in Division I basketball.

While they were working together in support of their dad’s fight against cancer, they were also helping their mom Becky in taking care of older brother Nathaniel, who is three years older than Noah. Nathaniel faces several challenges; he is mentally challenged, has cerebral palsy, and is partially blind.

“Luke and I have always said that Nathaniel is the big star of the family,“ Frampton said. “He is the best of the bunch. He has come a long way with all he is up against, and we are very proud of him.“

Early in the 2013-14 basketball season for the two brothers, their first together in high school, father Bryan Frampton passed away in early December. He was 44.

“It was rough. It was a tough time for all of us,“ Frampton said. “When you endure a tragedy like that, sometimes kids go a bad direction…but for us, it made us three brothers even closer. For Luke and I, sports was the outlet, and we put our energy into being the best we could be.“

As a junior, Frampton became a big name statewide. Poca went 23-2 in basketball, and made it all the way to the Class AA semifinals where they lost to a strong Bluefield team.  Frampton earned his first First Team All-State honor in basketball. In baseball, he again made All-State, and the Dots almost made it to the State Tournament, losing to Chapmanville in the regional final.

During the summer of 2015, Frampton was being heavily recruited in baseball. Most all of the MEC schools were on him, and several Division I schools. He was leaning strongly to committing to the Marshall University baseball program as he entered American Legion play that summer with South Charleston Post 94. The program had made the state title game the previous year in 2014, and was loaded with college prospects on the roster entering ‘15.

This is where Frampton’s life and career took another major U-Turn.

“I was pitching and my shoulder just snapped,“ Frampton said. “It was nothing crazy…a motion I had done thousands of times. It was diagnosed as a severe tear of the labrum.“

Without an operational right shoulder, essentially everything was taken away from three positions he played in baseball. It also took away the things he could do best on the basketball court.  As he dove into several months of aggressive rehab, his doctors soon informed him that his senior baseball season, and possibly his career, was over. As he entered his senior year at Poca, his basketball season was still in question.

Fortunately for Frampton and his Poca teammates, he was cleared to play when November arrived. He was not 100% and his game changed in many ways. Some nights he was essentially playing with one arm. He essentially became his dad on the defensive end, and earned Kanawha Valley Defensive Player of the Year. He passed his dad on the all-time steals list…now they stand 1-2 in Poca history.

Poca was a team on a mission. Playing in memory of the elder Frampton, the Dots were not to be denied in 2015.  They rolled through an undefeated regular season, and kept the momentum through the sectional and regional tournaments. The Dots entered the State Tournament 24-0, facing one of the deepest and most talented fields in AA history.  Besides the 6’ Noah Frampton at point guard, and 6’5” brother Luke Frampton, the team also boasted another star sophomore in Elijah Cuffee, a multi-skilled 6’4” star that was also already garnering D-I attention. And these three could not claim the title of most athletic player even on their own team…that mantel would go to 6’0 junior Shawn Arthur, a high flying track star that would become state champion in both the high jump and high hurdles. His best high jump in high school was a skyrocket jump of 6’8”.

“We knew we were a very talented group, and you would see amazing things not just in games but in practice every day,“ Frampton said. “But at the end of the day, we had not reached our ultimate goal. Even though that undefeated season was packed with a lot of great memories with those guys, it would always be bittersweet if we could not walk out of that Civic Center with the trophy. We went into that tournament hungry and focused.“

2014 finalists Bluefield and Robert C. Byrd were both knocked out in the first round, with a 26-0 Poca team making the finals against a 23-2 Fairmont Senior team that was also deep and talented. The Polar Bears boasted some highly celebrated stars of their own such as Darhius Nunn and Tavon Horton. It would turn out to be one the most epic comebacks in State Tournament history.

After Noah drilled a three-pointer on Poca’s opening possession for a 3-0 Dot lead, Nunn led Fairmont Senior on a torrid 18-0 run and the Polar Bears led 20-5 after one quarter.  Poca’s defense locked in and the Dots gradually clawed their way back. They finally tied the game with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and held on for a dramatic 57-53 win, and the elusive State Title.

While Cuffee and Luke Frampton grabbed much of the headlines through the undefeated season, it was Noah who dominated in the title game. He posted a game high 27 points, and was a key facilitator in Cuffee’s 14 points and Luke’s 10. Plus, he held Nunn to only 12 points, six of which came during his first quarter run.

Poca’s 2015 squad would become the first team win a state title undefeated in 28 years.  Besides being the program’s all-time leader in steals (188), he is also the all-time leader in free throw percentage (89.0). He closed his career as a Dot with 1,389 points. He was again named All-State.

“It is hard to fully explain how special that title was and always will be,“ Frampton said. “Poca is a small town that is simply a great community. We have the best fans in the world, and there is so much pride in our high school.“

With his doctors holding the line that his baseball career was done, Frampton had come to terms with the fact that his career was over in terms of organized sports. He had no offers in basketball on any level.

This changed in the spring of 2015.

“Marshall Assistant Coach Mark Cline had been to a few of our practices, and like all of the D-I coaches, he had his sights on Luke and Elijah,“ Frampton said. “But he began talking to me after the season about potentially walking on for the Herd. In the end it all worked out, and I joined the team as an invited walk-on.“

Cline is a legend in the southern West Virginia coalfields. The former Williamson High School and Wake Forest University star has been a key recruiter for head coach Dan D’antoni (a coalfield legend in his own right).  Cline was able to see potential in Frampton at a time when he was essentially written off.

Surprisingly, Frampton began to rise on the MU depth chart.  By the team’s first exhibition game, he was starting. He appeared in Marshall’s first six games, starting two. His averaged 10.7 minutes per game, including 20 minutes of action at Ohio University. His season came to a halt when he re-injured the shoulder, and required surgery.  As a Business Major, he did make the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll that season.

Frampton received his medical redshirt for 2016. He returned to the court for the Herd in the 2016-17 season, but the shoulder was not fully healed. For the second time, he accepted his fate that his athletic career was over.

“It was a depressing time, but everything happens for a reason,“ Frampton said. “I went back home and moved back in with my family. I was able to get a job in the construction business, and I was able to be with my mom and my brothers. I was able to see Luke’s games his senior year, and that was pretty neat.“

For over two years, Noah lived a hard-working but simple life. Not only was he out on jobs with his company, John S. Bailey Concrete Contractors, he was also able to take on side jobs, working several weekends as well.

“I was living a very blessed life.  Besides the time with my family and friends in Poca,  I really enjoyed the work,“ Frampton said. “I would lay floor, build garages, porches…pretty much everything.“

Once again, his life took a major turn.

It was December 28th, 2019,  and Frampton was playing in a pickup game at Charleston’s George Washington High School. With many former stars from the Valley home for Christmas break, the day at the gym was a reunion of sorts for the guys.

One of the players in the game was Noah’s former teammate at Marshall, Ot Elmore, a current assistant coach at Glenville State. Frampton’s play caught the eye of Elmore, and he began a series of texts and calls to head coach Justin Caldwell in between games. Similar to the scene from the movie “Erin Brockovich” Caldwell and Elmore employed some quick strategy to recruit Frampton.

“I texted Coach Caldwell and told him ‘this kid can still play…I really think he could help us,“ Elmore said.

Caldwell instructed Elmore to not come on too strong, but to feel out the situation and see if he might have an interest. By the end of the day, Frampton had a visit to Glenville lined up. With the NCAA’s two-year “non-participation” rule, Frampton would be immediately eligible for the Pioneers.

I was excited to be wanted, but was not sure what to do. Things were going well with the company and I enjoyed being with the family…but I also knew that I still had a desire to play ball,“ Frampton said. “I spent a lot of time praying about it and talking to my family about it after that pickup game.“

Frampton visited that week, and quickly made the decision to come to GSC.  He is majoring in Business Management and has blended in well with his new teammates. Another plus was that two of his old friends from Poca are in Glenville. Former Dot baseball teammate Jacob Williams is on the Pioneer baseball team, and former basketball teammate Shawn Arthur is on the Pioneer track team.

In an odd twist, the injury has helped Frampton improve his game in many ways. His already famous play as a defender has been even more enhanced, and he has gotten much better at going to his left. In reality, the 22-year old Noah Frampton Coach Elmore played against that day at GW, was much more skilled than the young man who wore the uniforms of Poca and Marshall.

“My game was in a good place, because I have been playing in some games on and off for the two years…but I was definitely not in shape to play a full game at the pace of college basketball,“ Frampton said. “That has been my biggest issue coming back.“

Frampton’s return has been in progressions. Caldwell has been gradually getting him more minutes, and he is working into his role on the team. He has started seven of his eight games back, and is averaging 8.5 points per game in 27 minutes per contest. He drained five three-pointers and scored 16 points at Urbana, and in the epic win over Wise, he played all 40 minutes and scored 15 points.

He is also now carving his own path on the college level, the way several others from that famous undefeated team at Poca has; Arthur just missed being league MVP in track last Spring, and Cuffee was named to the All-Big South Freshman team last year at Liberty University. This year he has started all 26 games for a Liberty squad that is currently 21-5 and on top of the conference. Noah’s brother Luke was redshirted as a freshman after suffering an ACL tear last year, but carrying on a Frampton family tradition, he battled the adversity and his having a stellar redshirt freshman season for Davidson and their legendary Coach Bob McKillop who has 571 wins at the school. Luke Frampton is starting, averaging 10.8 points per game for a 17-5 squad. His 69 three-pointers leads the team. Steph Curry is the school’s all-time leader with 414.

Coach Osborne has another strong team at Poca. The Dots are 12-6 with a young team, and the old coach continues to pile up wins.  When Glenville played at West Virginia State on January 17th, Osborne was on hand as seemingly the entire town of Poca was there to see Frampton, their hometown hero.

“We are very excited to have Noah Frampton as a part of our Pioneer Family,“ Coach Caldwell said. “He comes from a very successful background and has a great basketball mind. Noah is a natural winner and one of the most competitive kids I have ever met. If you mix academics with athletics, it would be hard to find a better kid than Noah Frampton.“

As the ball drained through the net against Wise to the sound of the final buzzer, the post game rush of the court was a fitting cap to the Noah Frampton comeback.

“That feeling was so special. Not just for me, but for the guys and coaches after the adversity they have had this year as well,“ Frampton said. “Plus Nathaniel was at that game…that was the first game he has been to up here…that made it very special.“

Frampton is enjoying life as a 22-year old freshman. He is staking some roots here, and intends to follow Caldwell and Elmore in their goals for the program and in three years be a 25-year-old senior. He hopes to get his degree and go back to Poca and be the owner of his own construction company.

“I really like Glenville. I can see a lot of things here that remind of Poca,“ Frampton said. “The people are very friendly and the community is very supportive of their student-athletes. It has been a big life change for me, but I am very happy here.“

Armstrong Earns MEC Player of the Week Honors

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Armstrong, a junior from El Dorado, Ark., helped keep the Pioneers atop the conference standings with 28.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week. She drained seven three-pointers and scored 32 points in a win over West Virginia State, and then added 25 more points and seven rebounds as Glenville State knocked off Charleston in a key conference matchup.

Other Top Performances:

Sierra Kotchman (FSU) averaged 28.5 points and 4.5 rebounds as the Falcons won two on the road last week ... Lyrin Hatcher (WVSU) averaged a double-double with 17.0 points and 13.0 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets split their two games ... Taylor Johnson (WLU) averaged 20.5 points and shot 54 percent from the floor in a pair of wins for the ‘Toppers ... Megan Beachy (UU) averaged 14.0 points as the Blue Knights went 1-1 ... Riley Fitzwater (CU) averaged 14.0 rebounds to go with 6.5 points in a 1-1 week ... Sydney Clayton (SU) averaged 16.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games.

2018-19 Player Of The Week Honorees

Nov. 12: Seina Adachi (Notre Dame)

Nov. 19: Emily Stoller (Glenville State)

Nov. 26: Marissa Brown (West Liberty)

Dec. 03: Rachel Laskody (Fairmont State) / Riley Fitzwater (Concord)

Dec. 10: Raziyah Farrington (Charleston)

Dec. 17: Madison May (Concord)

Jan. 07: Kari Lankford (Shepherd)

Jan. 14: Marissa Brown (West Liberty) / Raziyah Farrington (Charleston)

Jan. 21: Marissa Brown (West Liberty)

Jan. 28: Kari Lankford (Shepherd)

Feb. 04: Marissa Brown (West Liberty)

Feb. 11: Ty Armstrong (Glenville State)

Courtney Davis Eyeing GSC’s Rebounding Record

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Courtney Davis is rapidly approaching Glenville State’s all-time rebounding record, helping the program to another amazing season in the Waco Center.

At the release of this story, Coach Kim Stephens’ young squad is 18-2, and leading the Mountain East Conference with a 13-1 mark. Davis again leads the Lady Pioneers in rebounding at 7.5 rpg, and her career total of 951 is only 101 behind all-time leader Tammy Spence, who tallied 1052 in her Hall of Fame career. Davis only 10 behind Tammy Pence-Hughes (another Hall of Famer) for the number two spot.

Davis’ is also on several other all-time Lady Pioneer lists; Her 173 blocked shots is second to all-time leader Denae Dobbins’ total of 234, and her 99 career three-pointers has her in 23rd   place, as she is close to entering the 100-club in that category. Davis recently scored her 1000th point in a home contest against Fairmont, and is on pace to finish in the all-time top 20 scorers list.

Davis has been a key figure in the latest Golden Era of Lady Pioneer Basketball. Since the hiring of Coach Stephens in 2016, the program is a staggering 73-10.

Davis’ journey to athletic stardom began in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, where she attended Dr. Nathan A. Pitts-Ashburton Elementary School/Middle School. After eighth grade, she moved up to the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences.

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4418Davis began her athletic career at the age of eight, and her youth sports career included basketball, and playing baseball on boys’ teams. In high school, she also played on the MATHS softball and volleyball teams.  She is also an accomplished musician, and played the flute throughout her childhood years. Among the highlights of her music career, was a concert at Coppin State University.

“I wanted to be like my brother…I used to watch him play basketball and I wanted to be like him. He also played the saxophone, and that is what got me interested in music,“ Davis said. “My father passed away when I was seven, and I began to be involved in a lot of sports and activities to honor him. He was a U.S. Marine and to this day, I play every game for him.“

At MATHS, Davis was a four-year starter in basketball, and scored over 1100 points, and had over 1000 rebounds in her career. She finished as the all-time leading rebounder at the school, a mark that will stand forever, as the school was recently closed.

“I’ve coached alot of great players with great accolades and Courtney Davis is right at the top. What puts her over is I have never coached a better person,“ stated Coach C.J. Scott. “The admiration I have for her is second to none.“

Davis was not highly recruited, but did get a serving of interest from some small schools along the East Coast. She was recruited for GSC by former Lady Pioneer assistant coach Cody Gilmore, who was on the staff of former head coach Charles Marshall at the time. In the end, her choices came down to two schools; Johnson C. Smith (in Charlotte, NC) and Glenville State. She eventually chose GSC.

“Coach Gilmore contacted me every day…there was never a doubt that I was wanted at Glenville,“ Davis said. “He was real with me, and always seemed very genuine. I liked that and so did my family. When I made the choice, my family was part of that decision as well…Glenville was closer to Baltimore than Charlotte.“

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In the 2015-16 season, Davis had a strong freshman season under Coach Marshall, helping lead the Lady Pioneers to a 17-12 season. She averaged 8.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg during that campaign. Her college career would have a transition in the spring of 2016, as Marshall left to take the head coaching job at West Virginia State. Glenville hired former Lady Pioneer player Kim Stephens.

Things changed at that point.

“When she came in that April, it all started with her first meeting. She made it clear what her vision was for the program, and that she was going to make us mentally tough. She also made it clear that she was going to find out who was on board with that vision,“ Davis said. “I will never forget those running workouts and circuit workouts we had on the track that spring. It definitely set the tempo…it was total hell.“

Some players left, and some players stayed. But as Davis noted…the ones who stayed were mentally tough. The results came quickly.

In the 2016-17 season, Davis was a key component on a 24-6 Lady Pioneer team that ascended back to the top of the MEC. She averaged 9.9 ppg and 9.5 ppg, and the squad returned to the NCAA Tournament.

Glenville State stepped it up even more in the 2017-18 campaign, rolling to another league title, and advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. On the dynamic 31-2 team, the consistent Davis averaged 9.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg. The historic accomplishments of the program over the last three years is not lost on the senior.

“Its really satisfying and fun when your team is the best, and there is nothing like the feeling of winning a championship,“ Davis said. “Our program has worked very hard to get where we are, so it is important that we continue to chase the goals that are ahead of us.“

Reflecting on the journey and realizing her time at GSC is winding down, Davis is very appreciative of her coaches and teammates that have helped her along the way.

“There were times when I knew I could be better, and had to reach down to rely on the love of the game,“ Davis said. “This year, with it being a much younger team, I have had to be more of a leader, and I have not had that role in the past. It has helped me grow as a player, and it has also taught me to do a better job of talking to people.“

“The team goals are what are most important, but I would be lying if I didn’t say the rebound record was important to me,“ Davis said. “A big part of it is that my high school is no longer in existence, so pretty much nobody will ever know that I had that record.“

Coach Stephens has enjoyed the steady numbers that Davis has provided during these amazing three years.

“Courtney Davis is a huge part of our program,“ Stephens said. “I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have coached her during all three of my years here at Glenville State. She has done a fabulous job of being a leader this season. She has grown more than any player I have ever coached over her three years with me. She is a competitor and wants to win as badly as anyone. I have zero doubt that that we would not have had the success we have had if she wasn’t here.“

Davis would like to keep playing, and would consider playing overseas if an opportunity arises. She is currently looking at potential graduate schools as she nears completion of her Exercise Science degree, and would like to someday coach on the AAU circuit.

For now, there is unfinished business to tend to in the Waco Center. The current Lady Pioneers are very much in the chase for another MEC title, and in the conversation of top teams in the Atlantic Region.

“It has been a great experience here,“ Davis said. “I have really enjoyed the atmosphere around the program, and I have made a lot of great friends over these four years.“

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#5 West Liberty 110, Concord 106

#5 West Liberty held off a late rally by Concord to pick up a 110-106 road win on Saturday afternoon.

The Hilltoppers pulled away 61-52 at halftime and built 11 double-digit leads in the second half with the Mountain Lions chipping away at the deficit each time.  West Liberty led 98-85 with 6:02 left in the game when a pair of free throws by Tommy Bolte sparked a 15-5 run, allowing Concord to pull within three (103-100) with 1:55 on the clock.

The Hilltoppers stretched their lead back to six with 19 seconds left after a three-pointer by Dalton Bolon.  The Mountain Lions were unable to catch West Liberty down the stretch.  Trailing 110-104, Tommy Bolte hit two free throws for Concord for the final margin.

Concord (14-8, 9-7) shot 60% in the loss with West Liberty (19-2, 15-1) shooting 59% including 68% from the 3-point arc.

Bolon paced West Liberty with 24 points and eight rebounds and five assists.  Yahel Hill added 21 in the win including five three-pointers with Will Yoakum adding 19 points.  Brady Arnold scored 10 for the Hilltoppers.

Bolte led all players in the game with 39 points for Concord.  Jair Rodgers netted 20 and Malik Johnson scored 15 in the setback.  Jafar Musa grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to go with nine points.

Notre Dame 90, Fairmont State 84

Notre Dame clawed its way to a 49-39 advantage at halftime and led the rest of the way in a 90-84 victory over Fairmont State on Saturday at Murphy Gymnasium.  The win was the first against Fairmont State in the regular season.

A layup by Isaiah Sanders with 15:48 left to play gave Notre Dame a comfortable 55-43 edge and its largest lead of the game (12).  Fairmont State, down 57-46, would respond with a 12-4 run to cut the deficit before Notre Dame stretched the lead back out to nine by the 5:25 mark.  Fairmont State refused to go away quietly and pulled with two points three times before the close of the contest.

The Notre Dame Falcons held an 86-84 edge with 13 seconds left and sealed the win with Sanders and Larenz Thurman both sinking a pair of free throws to secure the victory.

Notre Dame (16-6, 12-4) outscored Fairmont State (16-6, 13-3) 54-32 in the paint while scoring 13 points off of turnovers and 20 second-chance points.

Vonte Montgomery poured in 41 points with eight rebounds and six assists in the loss for Fairmont State.  Andrew Emrick had 14 for the Falcons while Kenzie Melko notched 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Jason Jolly chipped in 11 points.

Will Vorhees drained 34 points and tallied nine rebounds in the win for Notre Dame.  Thurman notched 18 points with seven boards with Bruce Hodges adding 13 points and eight rebounds.  Sanders and Harnish Warden had 10 points apiece for the Falcons.

Wheeling Jesuit 79, UVa-Wise 72

Wheeling Jesuit used a late rally to secure a 79-72 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday in the Prior Center.

The Cavaliers led 39-32 by the end of the first half and pulled away by as many as nine at the start of the second before the Cardinals shifted the momentum late in the game. Trailing 59-50 with 11:50 on the clock, Wheeling Jesuit pulled together an 18-4 run to take a 68-63 lead with 5:09 to go.

Miguel Rodriguez’s three-pointer and a pair of free throws by Franck Kamgain allowed the Cardinals to stretch their advantage 73-64 but the Cavaliers battled back to pull within three (75-72) after a three-pointer by Kaeleb Carter.  Rodriguez hit a layup for Wheeling Jesuit and Tariq Woody sunk a pair of free throws to secure the win for the Cardinals. 

Steve Cannady scored 20 points for Wheeling Jesuit (5-17, 4-12).  Kamgain netted 19 while Woody scored 14 and pulled in 10 rebounds.  Rodriguez tallied 12 points in the win for the Cardinals.

Cameron Whiteside paced UVa-Wise (7-15, 4-12) with 15 points in the loss. Briggs Parris followed with 14 and Jordan Pointer and Carter added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

West Virginia State 80, West Virginia Wesleyan 65

West Virginia State used a strong second half to secure an 80-65 win over West Virginia Wesleyan.  After an early battle, the Yellow Jackets closed out the first half with a 7-0 run to lead 47-36 at halftime and rattled off a 10-run early in the second to put the game out of reach.

Pat-Johnson Agwu led the effort for West Virginia State (12-10, 9-7) with 16 points and five rebounds.  Jeremiah Morre added 12 in the win followed by Gus Stone with 11 points and five boards.

West Virginia Wesleyan (9-13, 6-10) was led by Daylin Lee with 16 points.  Dusan Vicentic chipped in 12 for the Bobcats.

Charleston 102, Glenville State 73

Charleston led wire-to-wire in a 102-73 win over Glenville State on Saturday.  The Golden Eagles led 52-26 at halftime and built their advantage to as many as 44 points in the second half before earning the win.

Kalin Johnson scored 11 points for Glenville State (9-13, 4-12).  Jamal Pollydore and Howard Smith both tallied 10 in the setback.  Phil Bledsoe notched eight rebounds with seven points for the Pioneers.

The Golden Eagles had six players score double-digit points in the win. Seth O’Neal led all players in the game with 20 points for Charleston (15-7, 10-6).  Adam Traore netted 16 with nine rebounds followed by Keith Williams with 15.  Lamont McManus and Drew Rackley both chipped in 14 and Jeramie Burge added 12 for the Golden Eagles.

Shepherd 68, Urbana 58

Shepherd built a 34-26 lead at halftime and never looked back on its way to a 68-58 win over Urbana on Saturday. The Rams pulled away by as many as 19 points in the second half before securing the victory.

Thomas Lang and Derek McKnight both drained 16 points apiece for Shepherd (11-11, 7-10).  Jon Preston added nine points and hauled in 16 boards in the win.  The Rams outscored the Blue Knights 36-22 while shooting 44% from the floor.

Jordan Bradley led Urbana (5-15, 3-13) with 12 points in the loss.  Ethan Snapp added nine while Malik Jacobs chipped in eight points and eight rebounds. 

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Glenville State 108, Charleston 97

Glenville State orchestrated a 17-5 run over a five-minute span in the fourth quarter to secure a 108-97 win over Charleston on Saturday. The Pioneers trailed 84-83 with 7:09 left to play when Ty Armstrong hit a three-pointer to shift the momentum. Charleston pulled back within eight points at the 1:31 mark but was unable to overcome the deficit after the Pioneer’s run.

The Golden Eagles shot 60% from the floor in the loss and outscored the Pioneers in the paint 60-44.

Raziyah Farrington poured in 36 points to go with four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks for Charleston (18-4, 13-3). Anna Hayton netted 17 points, Brooklyn Pannell scored 13 and Aloneet Durden followed with 11 points and six assists.

Armstrong paced Glenville State (20-2, 15-1) with 25 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Davis chipped in 20 with Emily Stoller and Donasja Scott adding 18 and 15 points, respectively. Re’Shawna Stone chipped in 11 for the Pioneers in their 11th straight win.

Fairmont State 71, Notre Dame 64

Fairmont State overcame nine lead changes and three ties and survived a late run by Notre Dame to pick up a 71-64 win on Saturday in Murphy Gymnasium.

The Fairmont State Falcons held a narrow 32-31 edge at halftime and built their advantage to as many as 13 points with less than five minutes left in the game. Notre Dame responded with a 13-4 run to cut the deficit at the 2:04 mark but Fairmont State took advantage of free throw opportunities down the stretch to secure the win.

Jada Marone led the effort for Notre Dame (12-10, 9-7) with 19 points in the loss. Seina Adachi chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds while Jessie Stout added eight boards to go with five points for the Falcons.

Sierra Kotchman drained 27 points for Fairmont State (10-12, 7-9). Kamrin Weimer scored 14 in the win while Rachel Laskody tallied eight points and eight rebounds.

West Liberty 84, Concord 69

West Liberty led wire-to-wire in an 84-69 win over Concord on Saturday in the Carter Center. The Hilltoppers closed out the second quarter with a 15-2 run to take a 42-29 lead into the halftime break. The Mountain Lions were unable to overcome the deficit and trailed by double-digit points the rest of the way.

Taylor Johnson led the effort for West Liberty (15-7, 12-4) with 24 points to go with six rebounds. Marissa Brown posted a double-double with 18 points and 14 boards while Morgan Brunner netted 14 points for the Hilltoppers.

Concord (17-5, 12-4) was led by Madison May with 19 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Andreanna Pool and Maggie Guynn scored 16 and 14 points, respectively while Emily Boothe notched 10 for the Mountain Lions. Riley Fitzwater hauled in 21 rebounds with four blocks while scoring eight in the loss.

Urbana 82, Shepherd 51

Urbana held Shepherd to single-digit points in the first and third quarters to run away with an 82-51 win in the Grimes Center on Saturday. The Blue Knights shot 48% in the game highlighted by the third quarter in which Urbana outscored the Rams 27-7 while shooting 64%.

Megan Beachy drained a game-high 21 points for Urbana (3-17, 3-13) with six rebounds. Erin Morrow chipped in 12 points and seven boards with Sylvia Hudson notching 11 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Knights.

Sydney Clayton led the effort for Shepherd (11-11, 8-8) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Kayla Tibbs tallied 11 points followed by Kari Lankford with nine points and six boards.

UVa-Wise 65, Wheeling Jesuit 59

UVa-Wise mounted a 15-point comeback in the fourth quarter to pick up a 65-59 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday in the Prior Center. Wheeling Jesuit carried a narrow 30-25 lead into the halftime break and built its lead to double-digits after Khira Burton’s layup with 2:19 on the clock in the third quarter.

The Cardinals continued to build on the momentum and extended their lead to 15 after Lauren Lipscomb’s three-pointer at the start of the fourth. Trailing 52-37 with 9:39 left to play, the Cavaliers used a jumper and layup by Ada Stanley to spark a 28-7 run over the last nine minutes and secure the win.

Taliah Cashwell and Burton both notched 14 points in the loss for Wheeling Jesuit (3-19, 1-15). Peyton McCord scored 10 with seven rebounds and Ashley Rothert grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for the Cardinals.

Stanley drained 23 points in the win for UVa-Wise (10-12, 8-8) with six rebounds. Cynita Webb added 18 points and 12 boards.

West Virginia State 97, West Virginia Wesleyan 87

West Virginia Wesleyan scored the opening bucket but West Virginia State answered with a three and would lead the rest of the way in a 97-87 win on Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Bobcats 40-26 in the paint over the course of the contest. West Virginia State also outrebounded West Virginia Wesleyan 45-38 on the day.

Victoria Jackson tallied 16 points for West Virginia Wesleyan (4-15, 4-12) in the loss. Nicole Gilyard netted 15 while tallying seven rebounds. Brittany Stawovy followed with 14 points while Alexa Szelong added 12 for the Bobcats.

Lyrin Hatcher paced West Virginia State (5-17, 4-12) with 18 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Charity Shears scored 14 and Chloe Cheresne and Kalia Cunningham had 13 and 11 points, respectively.

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#5 West Liberty 112, UVa-Wise 100

The No. 5-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team won its 11th straight here Thursday night, outlasting a hot-shooting UVa-Wise squad, 112-100, in Mountain East Conference action at the Prior Center.

The Hilltoppers (18-2, 13-1) got a career-high-tying 31 points from Dalton Bolon to pace four double-figure scorers in completing the season sweep of the Cavaliers (7-14, 4-11).

Bolon was 9-for-10 from the floor on Thursday, including a 4-for-5 showing from the 3-point arc, and knocked down 9 of his 11 charity tosses to pace the Black and Gold. Eric Meininger added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Hill finished with 17 points. Will Yoakum added 14 points and 6 rebounds as West Liberty also amassed a whopping 45-25 edge off the glass.

UVa-Wise got a team-high 27 points from freshman Briggs Parris while Kaeleb Carter added 22 points and Cameron Whiteside finished with 16.

Glenville State 101, West Virginia State 88

Glenville State pulled away from West Virginia State late in the first half and held off the Yellow Jackets in a 101-88 win over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers closed the first half on a 12-5 run to stretch their lead to double-digits at 48-38. The lead would swell to 19 in the second half before WVSU made a run to get within four at 86-82 with still 2:55 to go. GSC responded with eight of the game’s next 10 points to help close out the Yellow Jackets.

Jamal Pollydore had 31, and Phil Bledsoe went for 30 points and 11 rebounds for Glenville State (9-12, 4-11). Elisha Mayberry added 16 more in the win. The Pioneers shot 52 percent from the field on the night.

Pat Johnson-Agwu had 28 points and eight rebounds for WVSU. Gust Stone scored 17, while Isaiah Noel came off the bench to net 16.

Fairmont State 86, Urbana 74

State used a 21-5 scoring run over a six-minute stretch to close out an 86-74 road victory over Urbana on Thursday night at the Grimes Center.
With the victory, Fairmont State improves to 16-5 overall and 13-2 in Mountain East Conference play. UU drops to 5-14 overall and 3-12 in league play.
At the 10:10 mark of the second half with Fairmont State leading 52-51, the Falcons went on a game-changing 21-5 run that stretched the lead to 73-56 with 3:52 remaining.

Fairmont State shot 52 percent from the field in the victory, including a sizzling 63 percent in the final 20 minutes of play.
Four players reached double-figures for the Falcons, led by 23 points and 11 rebounds from senior Vonte Montgomery. Emrick also chipped in 21 points - 14 of which came in the second half. In addition, Jolly added 20 points, and Cole VonHandorf tallied 11 to round out Fairmont’s double-digit scorers.

Ethan Snapp paced Urbana with 22 points on 8-of-14 from the field. Datrey Long also chipped in 15 points, and Malik Jacobs added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Wheeling Jesuit 98, Concord 89

Wheeling Jesuit outscored Concord 17-6 in the final 2:48 to defeat the Mountain Lions, 98-89, on Thursday night at the Carter Center.

With the game tied 85-85, Frank Kamgain drained a three-pointer to give Wheeling Jesuit just its second lead on the night. Tommy Bolte answered with a layup at the other end, but Kamgain again had an answer for WJU with another triple to make it 91-87 with :36 left. Bolte made a pair of free throws on Concord’s next possession and then was forced to foul. WJU was only able to make 1-of-2 from the line, but Concord was unable to tie the game on a missed three. The Cardinals managed to go 6-for-6 from the free throw line to seal the game.

DeAndre Robinson poured in 33 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to help Wheeling Jesuit improve to 4-17 overall and 3-12 in the league. Kamgain finished with 31 points. Steve Cannady had 11 points and five rebounds.

WJU shot 54 percent from behind the arc (12-of-22), and 53 percent from the field (33-of-63).

Concord (14-7, 9-6) was led by 34 points from Jair Rodgers, while Bolte added 22 more. Malik Johnson tossed in 12.

Notre Dame 78, Shepherd 53

Will Vorhees scored 31 points and pulled down 20 rebounds as Notre Dame handed Shepherd a 78-53 loss on Thursday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

Notre Dame improved to 15-6 overall and 11-4 in the league. Shepherd slipped to 10-11 overall and 6-9 in conference play.

Vorhees went over the 30-point mark for the third-straight game and also had four assists and a pair of blocks in the win. Larenz Thurmon scored 11 more for NDC.

Jon Preston scored 23 points for SU. Devin Smith chipped in 11 points.

Charleston 76, West Virginia Wesleyan 66 (OT)

Charleston needed overtime to get past West Virginia Wesleyan, 76-66, on Thursday night at the Rockefeller Center.

Charleston (14-7, 9-6) rallied down five by holding West Virginia Wesleyan (9-12, 6-9) to just one field goal in the final five minutes to force the extra session. The Golden Eagles scored the first 10 points in overtime to surge in front and take the victory.

Josh Floyd led five UC players in double figures with 19 points, followed by Adam Traore (16) and Drew Rackley (14). Devon Robinson had a double-double with 12 points and 15 boards, and LaMont McManus chipped in 10.

Daylin Lee had 13 points for the Bobcats. Dusan Vicentic had 10 points to go with 10 rebounds, and Luka Petrovic had nine points, 10 assists and three steals.

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