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MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (December 08, 2018)

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Charleston 86, Notre Dame 81 (OT)

Notre Dame’s Drew Scarberry made three free throws at the end of regulation but a late 8-0 run by Charleston in overtime secured an 86-81 win for the Golden Eagles on Saturday.

Charleston led 64-51 with 7:49 left in the game when Will Vorhees hit a layup for Notre Dame, contributing to an 11-0 run by the Falcons over the next five minutes of play. Clinging to a 64-62 lead with 2:06 on the clock, Adam Traore hit a pair of free throws to give the Golden Eagles some breathing room. Scarberry answered with a three-pointer for the Falcons before Charleston’s Devon Robinson’s layup pushed the Golden Eagles ahead 68-65 with 54 seconds left to play. A Golden Eagle foul sent Scarberry to the line. He made three free throws to send the contest into overtime.

Charleston and Notre Dame exchanged baskets early in the overtime period with neither team leading by more than three points. With the score tied 76-76 and 1:15 left to play, Drew Rackley drained a three-pointer, leading to an 8-0 run by the Golden Eagles. The Falcons were unable to recover from the late run and Isaiah Sanders hit a layup at the buzzer for the final margin (86-81).

Notre Dame (7-3, 4-2) had five players score double-digits in the loss led by Vorhees with 19 points and eight rebounds. Scarberry followed with 18 points with Sanders notching 14. Larenz Thurman scored 12 points for the Falcons while Halil Parks chipped in 11.

Rackley led all players in the game with 23 points for Charleston (7-3, 3-3). Josh Floyd netted 17 points in the win while Robinson and Seth O’Neal chipped in 14 points apiece. Traore and Robinson both tallied seven rebounds on the day with Rackley notching six.


Shepherd 81, Wheeling Jesuit 74

Shepherd shot 54% from the floor and overcame 10 ties and four lead changes in an 81-74 win on Saturday in the Butcher Center. After leading 36-33 at the halftime break, the Rams maintained a narrow 53-52 lead with 11:16 left in the game when Winston Burgess hit a layup, sparking a 10-1 run over the next three minutes of play. Shepherd held on to the momentum and the lead for the remainder of the contest, building its advantage to as many as 13 points before securing the win.

Brendan Hoban scored a team-high 24 points with six rebounds for Wheeling Jesuit (0-9, 0-6). Jay Gentry netted 13 points followed by Franck Kamgain and Steve Cannady with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Burgess netted a game-high 29 points with nine rebounds in the win for Shepherd (6-3, 3-3). Thomas Lang added 16 points and six boards with Derek McKnight tallying 15 points for the Rams.


UVa-Wise 105, Glenville State 82

UVa-Wise led nearly wire-to-wire and Michal Seals recorded a triple-double in a 105-82 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers led 7-6 early in the first half before Seals’ three-pointer sparked a 22-2 run, leaving Glenville State trailing 28-9 with 11:15 left before halftime. UVa-Wise built its advantage to 53-36 by the end of the first half and led by as many as 31 points before securing the win.

Phil Bledsoe paced Glenville State (5-4, 2-4) with 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Howard Smith scored 15 points and Jamal Pollydore chipped in 13 points with seven rebounds. Darhius Nunn and Ty Robinson each added 10 points for the Pioneers.

Seals led the effort for UVa-Wise (5-5,3-3) with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists in his second career triple-double. He is the fourth player in MEC history to achieve the feat. Jordan Pointer added 19 points and 19 boards with Briggs Parris also scoring 19. Kaeleb Carter netted 18 in the win.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (December 08, 2018)

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Glenville State 105, UVa-Wise 69

Glenville State took a 57-35 lead into the halftime break and never looked back on its way to a 105-69 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday afternoon. With the Cavaliers leading 22-20 and 8:44 on the clock in the second quarter, Emily Stoller hit a pair of free throws for the Pioneers, leading to a 29-1 run over the next five minutes of play. Glenville State built its lead to as many as 41 points in the second half before securing the win.

Stoller drained a team-high 21 points with four rebounds, three assists, and five steals for Glenville State (8-1, 5-1). Zakiyah Winfield notched 15 points with six steals and four rebounds followed by Re’Shawna Stone with 14 points and seven assists. Ty Armstrong chipped in 12 points for the Pioneers with Courtney Davis scoring nine with 10 boards.

Cynita Webb paced UVa-Wise (4-5, 3-3) with 21 points and 23 rebounds. She is the sixth player in MEC history to record 20 or more points and rebounds in a game. Janice Ladson added nine points for the Cavaliers in the setback.


Charleston 71, Notre Dame 61

Raziyah Farrington poured in 34 points to propel Charleston to a 71-61 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The Golden Eagles shot 54% from the floor over the course of the contest.

The Falcons held a 22-17 lead with 6:55 left in the second quarter when Brooklyn Pannell hit a three for Charleston, sparking a 19-5 run for the Golden Eagles to leave Notre Dame trailing 36-27 heading into halftime. The Golden Eagles led by as many as 19 points before securing the win.

In addition to Farrington’s 34 points, Pannell chipped in 19 in the win with 15 occurring during Charleston’s (9-1, 6-0) run late in the first quarter. Farrington, Dionna Sanders, and Gracie Roberts each had six rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

Jessie Stout paced Notre Dame (6-3, 4-2) with 15 points in the loss. Seina Adachi netted 14 points with Kyleigh Ramlow and Marisa Finazzo adding 12 and 10, respectively. Katie Karalic and Maggie King each tallied four assists.


Shepherd 87, Wheeling Jesuit 70

Shepherd led 34-16 by the end of the first quarter and maintained the advantage for the remainder of the game in an 87-70 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday in the Butcher Center. The Rams orchestrated an 18-0 run midway through the first quarter to gain the momentum. The Cardinals would cut the deficit to six points (42-36) just before halftime but Shepherd would score 23 points off of turnovers over the course of the contest to keep Wheeling Jesuit at bay.

Chenelle Moore paced Wheeling Jesuit (3-7,1-5) with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Lauren Lipscomb added 15 points with Khira Burton netting 12.

Kayla Tibbs led the effort for Shepherd (4-5, 2-4) with 20 points. Sydney Clayton chipped in 17 points and 10 boards with Marley McLaughlin and Kari Lankford both scoring 12 points for the Rams in the win. Lankford dished out 16 assists and recorded nine rebounds.

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (December 05, 2018)

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Concord 101, Glenville State 97

Concord pulled away from Glenville State in the final two minutes of play to come away with a 101-97 win over the Pioneers on Wednesday night.

Glenville State (5-3, 3-2) had its largest lead of the game at 33-23 with just under 10 minutes left in the first half, but Concord (6-2, 4-1) went on a 26-12 surge to take a 49-45 lead into the locker room. CU stretched its lead to 10 early in the second half, but Glenville State battled back and knotted the game at 68-68 with still 11:54 left.

Neither team would take more than a two-possesion lead until late in the second half. Tied 91-91 with just over 2:30 to play, Concord managed a 7-0 run to seize control of the game. Darhius Nunn would hit a pair of threes down the stretch, but Concord would do enough from the free throw line to seal the win.

Tommy Bolte led the way for the Mountain Lions with 39 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jair Rodgers added 25 more and Trey Brisco tossed in 16.

Nunn finished with 27 points and 11 assists for the Pioneers. Jamal Pollydore contributed 23 points, while Phil Bledsoe tallied 15 and a game-high 16 rebounds. Davion Johnson also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.


Fairmont State 95, Wheeling Jesuit 80

Fairmont State controlled the paint as it cruised to a 95-80 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday night at the McDonough Center.

The Fighting Falcons (7-2, 5-0) held a 58-36 advantage in the paint and out-rebounded Wheeling Jesuit (0-8, 0-5) by 15, including 17-8 on the offensive glass. Fairmont State also got 41 points off its bench on the night compared to just four points from non-starters for the Cardinals.

R.J. Hutcherson netted 19 points and had seven rebounds for Fairmont State. Vonte Montgomery added 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds, and Vince Franklin had 17 points and eight rebounds.

Wheeling Jesuit was led by Steve Cannady’s 19 points. Jay Gentry scored 18 and Franck Kamgain added 14. Tariq Woody had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.


West Liberty 96, Shepherd 94

A 16-6 surge to start the second half proved to be key as West Liberty downed Shepherd, 96-94, on Wednesday night at the ASRC.

Trailing 43-41 at the break, Yahel Hill and Dalton Bolon each scored eight points as the Hilltoppers made 6-of-8 from the field to start the second half and grab 57-49 with 17:03 to play. WLU would remain in front the rest of the way, although the Rams would challenge in the final minutes. Shepherd had a chance to tie the game at 92-92, but failed to convert a second free throw with :31 seconds left. Bolon would sink two free throws on the other end to push the cushion to 95-91, and added two more after a Shepherd missed field goal. Shepherd’s Thomas Lang hit a three at the end of regulation for the final 96-94 margin.

Bolon led WLU (7-1, 5-0) with 20 points and had nine rebounds. Will Yoakum added 17, and Hill finished with 16. Eric Meininger had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Primmer came off the bench and added 16 points.

Derek McKnight had 32 points before fouling out to lead Shepherd (5-3, 2-3). Winston Burgess scored 22 and had eight rebounds, and Thomas Lang and Jon Preston each scored 11.

Charleston 81, Urbana 79 | [/documents/2018/12/5//1205UCUU_M.pdf?id=2336]Final Stats
URBANA, Ohio—Charleston withstood a late rally and edged Urbana, 81-79, on Wednesday night at the Grimes Center.

UC led by as many as 18 up 65-47 with less than 10 minutes to play, but Urbana went on an 8-0 run to get back into the game. The Blue Knights would get to within a single possession after a three from Ethan Snapp and then a trio of free throws to make it 79-78 with :21 seconds left. Drew Rackley made a pair of free throws to make it a three-point lead, but Urbana was only able to manage 1-of-2 from the line to make it 81-79. The Blue Knights got the offensive rebound on the missed free throw, but turned the ball over. UU would have one more chance as Charleston missed both of its free throws, but a last-gasp attempt would not go down as UC held on for the win.

Charleston’s Rackley had 22 points and four rebounds. Adam Treore scored 21 points and had six rebounds. Charleston shot 51 percent from the field and had a 48-16 advantage in the paint.

Snapp poured in 36 points for Urbana making six three-pointers and going 14-for-14 from the free throw line. Zach Bates pulled down 10 rebounds.


West Virginia Wesleyan 81, UVa-Wise 69

West Virginia Wesleyan rallied in the second half to get past UVa-Wise, 81-69, on Wednesday night at the Rockefeller Center.

WVWC trailed 33-29 at the break, but shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and hit eight three-pointers in the final 20 minutes.

Fred Brondsted paced West Virginia Wesleyan (4-4, 2-3) with 22 points and eight rebounds. Dusan Vicentic scored 16 points and Clay Todd had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in the win.

Eric Okenchi had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds for UVa-Wise (4-5, 2-3). Michal Seals scored 16 points and had six assists.


Notre Dame 95, West Virginia State 84

Larenz Thurman scored 23 and Will Vorhees scored 22 to lead Notre Dame to a 95-84 win over West Virginia State on Wednesday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

Both teams shot well from the field with West Virginia State making 28-of-55 (51 percent), including 11-of-22 (50 percent) from deep. Notre Dame, meanwhile, was 31-of-63 (49 percent) and 15-of-32 (47 percent) from three-point range. The Falcons had a 21-8 advantage in points off of turnovers.

Thurman had 10 assists to go with his 23 points, and Vorhees grabbed 12 rebounds to also register a double-double on the night. Bruce Hodges tossed in 11, and Isaiah Sanders and Angelo Cugini each tallied 10. Notre Dame improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the MEC.

Pat Johnson-Agwu had a game-high 31 points to lead West Virginia State (2-6, 1-4). Glen Abram added 21 for the Yellow Jackets.

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Fairmont State 64, Wheeling Jesuit 59

Fairmont State rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to top Wheeling Jesuit, 64-59, on Wednesday evening at the McDonough Center.

With the win, Fairmont State improves to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in Mountain East Conference action. WJU slips to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in league play.

The Falcons, who trailed 37-27 at the half, took the lead for the first time in the second half with just 52.1 seconds remaining following a 3-pointer by Sierra Kotchman. After Fairmont State took the lead, the Falcons made three defensive stops in the final minute of the game, including a pair of steals by Ozge Yarga to help the Falcons hold on for the come-from-behind win.

Kotchman paced the Falcons on offense with 22 points, three rebounds and three assists. Kotchman drained five 3-pointers in the victory. Rachel Laskody also reached double-figures for the Falcons with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Brooke Kurucz and Kamrin Weimer each chipped in nine points apiece for the Falcons.

Chenelle Moore had a strong performance for the Cardinals with 24 points and 25 rebounds. Moore had 14 offensive rebounds for the Cardinals. Kelsi Chapman also reached double-figure for the Cardinals with 11.

West Liberty 96, Shepherd 72 | [/documents/2018/12/5//1205wl_w.htm?id=2330]Final Stats
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va.—Marissa Brown had 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead West Liberty to a 96-72 win over Shepherd on Wednesday night at the ASRC. The Hilltoppers started quickly outscoring the Rams 28-10 in the first quarter and held a 55-35 lead at the break as it cruised to the victory.

With the win, West Liberty improved to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the MEC. Shepherd slipped to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

Brown hit 14-of-24 from the field and blocked five shots to go with her double-double. Brandi Beader hit three three-pointers and finished with 16 points. Taylor Johnson chipped in 15 points and Audrey Tingle scored 10 points and handed out nine assists. Morgan Brunner came off the bench to score 11.

Sydney Clayton led all players with 35 points and had 12 rebounds for Shepherd.


Glenville State 114, Concord 87

Glenville State raced out to an early 31-15 lead in the first quarter and managed to keep the pace the rest of the way in a 114-87 win over Concord on Wednesday night at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers (7-1, 4-1) outscored the Mountain Lions (5-3, 3-2) by 16 in the first quarter and 15 in the third quarter. Concord managed only a three-point advantage over Glenville State in the second quarter and one point in the fourth. GSC forced 35 turnovers from Concord and turned them into 50 points. Glenville State also had 28 offensive rebounds on the night.

Emily Stoller hit six three-pointers and finished with 30 points to go with seven assists and six rebounds. Ty Armstrong hit five shots from deep and ended up with 21 points. Donasja Scott scored 12 points and came up with five steals.

Madison May led Concord with 28 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Riley Fitzwater scored 15 and pulled down 13 rebounds. Andreanna Pool contributed 14 points. 

Notre Dame 93, West Virginia State 82 | [/documents/2018/12/5//WVSU_NDC_WBB.pdf?id=2331]Final Stats
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio—Notre Dame used a strong second half to down West Virginia State, 93-82, on Wednesday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

The Falcons (6-2, 4-1) trailed by four at the half, but outscored WVSU (2-6, 1-4) by 15 in the second half to pick up the win. NDC shot 50 percent from the field in the second half (17-of-34) while holding West Virginia State to just 30 percent shooting (11-of-37) in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Kyleigh Ramlow drained six three-pointers on her way to 28 points to lead Notre Dame. Katie Karalic added 12 points and Seina Adachi filled the box score with 11 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals.

West Virginia State was paced by 20 points from Anesha Harmon. Charity Sears and Jordan Miller each added 11 points for the Yellow Jackets.


Charleston 78, Urbana 63

Charleston shot a scorching 71 percent in the first quarter and got out to a 31-9 lead after the first 10 minutes as the Golden Eagles picked up a 78-63 road win over Urbana on Wednesday night at the Grimes Center.

UC (8-1, 5-0) controlled the paint scoring 48 around the basket. The Golden Eagles also forced 28 turnovers and had a 30-15 advantage in points off of turnovers.

Raziyah Farrington scored 30 points and had five steals to lead the way for Charleston. Anna Hayton had a double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds.

Urbana (1-6, 1-4) was led by 30 points, 11 rebounds and four steals from Sylvia Hudson. Sa’dera Johnson chipped in 10.


UVa-Wise 59, West Virginia Wesleyan 58

UVa-Wise withstood a strong fourth quarter from West Virginia Wesleyan and held on for a 59-58 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

The Cavs (4-4, 3-2) held a 50-33 lead after three quarters, but the Bobcats (2-3, 2-5) battled back in the final 10 minutes. WVWC was able to whittle down UVa-Wise’s lead down to single digits inside of two minutes and a Tyra Hughes three-pointer made it 59-58 with still 12 seconds left on the clock. WVWC forced a turnover had a shot at a game-winner, but the shot wouldn’t fall.

Kalee Johnson had a team-high 14 points in just 16 minutes of action on Wednesday night to lead UVa-Wise. Cynita Webb pulled down 10 rebounds and scored six points. Hannah Oliver and Ada Stanley each chipped in eight.

West Virginia Wesleyan was led by 18 points and five rebounds from Victoria Jackson. Nicole Gilyard tossed in eight for WVWC.

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Fairmont State 65, West Virginia Wesleyan 52

Fairmont State held a 35-29 lead over West Virginia Wesleyan at halftime and never looked back on its way to a 65-52 win on Saturday. The Falcons shot 55% from the floor in the win, outrebounded the Bobcats 29-16, and scored 12 points off of turnovers over the course of the contest. Fairmont State’s bench accounted for 24 of its points.

Jason Jolly and Vonte Montgomery both netted 14 points in the win for Fairmont State (6-2, 4-0). Andrew Emrick added 12 points while R.J. Hutcherson scored nine and hauled in nine rebounds.

Daylin Lee and Clay Todd both tallied 15 points for West Virginia Wesleyan (3-4, 1-3). Luka Petrovic scored nine and grabbed five rebounds for the Bobcats.


Concord 98, West Virginia State 91

Concord led wire-to-wire and Tommy Bolte drained 35 points in a 98-91 win over West Virginia State. Midway through the first half, Jair Rodgers’ three-pointer sparked a 14-2 run for the Mountain Lions, and propelled Concord to a 49-37 lead at halftime.

West Virginia State chipped away at the deficit and pulled within five (66-61) with 11:19 left after a layup by Pat Johnson-Agwu but Concord responded with a 20-8 run to gain its largest lead of the game (86-69) before securing the win.

Johnson-Agwu scored 26 points for West Virginia State (2-5, 1-3). Ernest Jenkins and Glen Abram added 21 and 19 points, respectively with both recording seven rebounds. Isaiah Noel had 17 points and eight boards for the Yellow Jackets.

In addition to Bolte’s 35 points, Rodgers netted 22 points and five rebounds. Trey Brisco scored 11 and David Mulumba chipped in 10 with 12 rebounds for Concord (5-2, 3-1).


Urbana 77, Wheeling Jesuit 73

Urbana closed out the first half with a 40-38 lead and held off a comeback effort by Wheeling Jesuit to secure a 77-73 win on Saturday. The Cardinals opened the second half with a 14-5 run to take a 52-45 lead with 14:34 left in the game but Urbana chipped away at the deficit, battling to regain the momentum.

With the score tied 69-69 and 2:45 left to play, Matt Treacy’s three-pointer gave Urbana the lead for good as the Blue Knights maintained the advantage for the remainder of the contest.

Urbana (2-5, 1-3) overcame 13 lead changes and 11 ties before earning the win. Malik Jacobs paced the Blue Knights with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Bradley chipped in 16 points and four boards with Treacy and Ethan Snapp each adding eight points for Urbana.

Tariq Woody led the effort for Wheeling Jesuit (0-7, 0-4) with 25 points and 18 rebounds in the loss. Franck Kamgain chipped in 20 points with Brendan Hoban and Jay Gentry each notching nine points.


Glenville State 106, Shepherd 101

Glenville State overcame 11 ties and 11 lead changes while taking advantage of free throw opportunities down the stretch to secure a 106-101 win over Shepherd on Saturday.

The Pioneers outrebounded the Rams 46-39 over the course of the contest and were outscored 56-33 in the paint. Glenville State’s bench accounted for 33 of the team’s points.

Darhius Nunn led all players in the game with 32 points for Glenville State (5-2, 2-2). Davion Johnson added 20 points and 10 boards while Kalin Johnson netted 19 points. Phil Bledsoe chipped in 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds with Howard Smith scoring 15 points in the win.

Thomas Lang paced Shepherd (5-2, 2-2) with 29 points in the setback. Derek McKnight scored 25 points followed by Winston Burgess and Devin Smith with 19 and 12 points, respectively. Burgess also notched 10 rebounds for the Rams.


Charleston 81, UVa-Wise 73

Charleston led for the entire second half on its way to an 81-73 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday. The Golden Eagles survived 16 lead changes and eight ties in the first half, resulting in a narrow 34-33 edge with 20 minutes left to play. Charleston outscored UVa-Wise 54-14 in the paint over the course of the contest and used a 13-5 run late in the second half to put the game away.

Briggs Parris scored 18 points for UVa-Wise (4-4, 2-2) followed by Michal Seals with 17. Kaeleb Carter chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Devon Robinson drained 24 points and tallied 16 rebounds for Charleston (5-3, 1-3). Adam Traore scored 20 points with seven rebounds followed by Drew Rackley and Lamont McManus with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (December 01, 2018)

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Glenville State 111, Shepherd 103

Glenville State overcame 19 lead changes and 11 ties on its way to a 111-103 win over Shepherd on Saturday afternoon in the Waco Center.

With the score tied 47-47 and 2:15 left in the second quarter, Emily Stoller’s layup led to a 7-0 run for Glenville State before the halftime break. After exchanging baskets early in the third quarter, Re’Shawna Stone hit a layup for the Pioneers and propelled Glenville State to a 12-0 run before the last 10 minutes of play. The Rams were unable to overcome the deficit and trailed for the remainder of the contest.

Stoller paced Glenville State (6-1, 3-1) with 34 points and nine rebounds in the win. Stone added 20 points with Blaize Burgess netting 19. Courtney Davis hauled in 10 rebounds for the Pioneers. Glenville State scored 26 points off of turnovers over the course of the contest.

Kayla Tibbs led the effort for the Rams with 31 points for Shepherd (3-4, 1-3). Sydney Clayton chipped in 28 points with eight boards and Hannah Myers scored 12. Kari Lankford added 11 followed by Marley McLaughlin with 10 points in the setback. The Rams shot 53% from the floor in the loss.


Concord 85, West Virginia State 71

Concord carried a narrow 40-36 lead into the halftime break and never looked back on its way to an 85-71 win over West Virginia State on Saturday. The Mountain Lions outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 54-34 over the course of the contest and shot 49% from the floor in the win. Riley Fitzwater recorded a triple-double in the win with 10 points, 20 rebounds, and 11 blocks for the Mountain Lions. Fitzwater’s triple-double is the sixth in MEC history.

In addition to Fitzwater’s triple-double, Madison May poured in 32 points and tallied 14 rebounds for Concord (5-2, 3-1). Emily Boothe added 18 points and five boards while Andreanna Pool netted 14 points and dished out eight assists.

Jordan Miller paced West Virginia State (2-5, 1-3) with 15 points. Anna Ross netted 13 followed by Alexandra Jackson with 11.


Urbana 80, Wheeling Jesuit 78

Wheeling Jesuit was unable to convert on a pair of potential go-ahead baskets in the final minutes of an 80-78 decision against Urbana.

With the score tied 74-74, Sylvia Hudson hit a bucket for the Blue Knights and Megan Beachy tacked on a layup to leave the Cardinals trailing 78-74 with 3:12 on the clock. Urbana held a narrow 80-76 lead after Hudson’s basket with 1:34 left in the game before Taliah Cashwell’s layup cut the Cardinals’ deficit to two points for the final margin.

Hudson paced Urbana (1-5, 1-3) with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Sa’Dera Johnson tacked on 15 points followed by Nikki Current and Beach with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Erin Morrow netted 10 points and tallied seven rebounds for the Blue Knights. Urbana scored 23 points off of turnovers in the win.

Khira Burton led Wheeling Jesuit (3-5, 1-3) with 22 points in the setback. Chenelle Moore added 20 points and eight rebounds with Cashwell scoring 11.


West Virginia Wesleyan 63, Fairmont State 61

West Virginia Wesleyan scored just eight points in the fourth quarter but Nicole Gilyard’s late free throw proved to be enough in a 63-61 win over Fairmont State on Saturday.

With Fairmont State leading 58-57 and 3:32 left to play, Abi Gabauer hit a pair of free throws for the Bobcats, giving West Virginia Wesleyan a 59-58 edge. Alexa Szelong’s three-pointer left Fairmont State trailing 62-58 at the 2:09 mark before Rachel Laskody completed a three-point play for the Falcons to put Fairmont State back within striking distance. Gilyard’s free throw with 41 seconds on the clock gave West Virginia Wesleyan the 63-61 edge and ultimately secured the win for the Bobcats.

Gabauer paced West Virginia Wesleyan (2-4, 2-2) with 15 points and nine rebounds in the win. Szelong netted 11 points for the Bobcats followed by Summer Matlack with 10. The Bobcats shot 48% from the floor in the win.

Brooke Kurucz led the effort for Fairmont State (2-5, 1-3) with 20 points and six rebounds in the setback. Laskody added 19 points and seven boards in the loss.


Charleston 72, UVa-Wise 55

Charleston outscored UVa-Wise 44-16 in the paint, scored 28 points off of turnovers, and shot 51% from the floor in a 72-55 decision on Saturday afternoon.

Charleston (7-1, 4-0) had four players score double digits with Raziyah Farrington netting 19, Dionna Sanders and Gracie Roberts each scoring 13, and Anna Hayton adding 12 points. Hayton also notched a team-high seven rebounds.

Kalee Johnson paced UVa-Wise (3-4, 2-2) with 11 points in the loss. Cynita Webb added 10 points and five rebounds. The Cavaliers shot 29% from the floor over the course of the contest.

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Concord 106, Charleston 100 (OT)

Concord’s Jair Rodgers three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation forced overtime where the Mountain Lions would prevail, 106-100, over Charleston on Wednesday night at the Carter Center.

Charleston (4-3, 0-3) led 85-81 with :25 seconds left, but Tommy Bolte hit a jumper to cut the deficit in half and then immediately fouled on the inbounds pass to send Charleston to the line. The Golden Eagles were only able to make 1-of-2, which allowed Concord (4-2, 2-1) to tie the game with a three. Bolte drove to the lane and then kicked it out to the wing to Rodgers who hit the game-tying shot. UC managed to get a good look before the buzzer, but the shot would not go down and the game headed to overtime.

Concord then scored the first seven points in the overtime—all from Rodgers—and took control of the game before settling for the final 106-100 margin.

Both teams shot well with Concord shooting 59 percent on the night and Charleston making 57 percent of its shots. The Mountain Lions were 14-of-24 from deep, while UC was 10-of-19.

Rodgers finished with 24 on the night for the Mountain Lions. Bolte led all scorers with 31 to go with 10 assists and four rebounds. Malik Johnson came off the bench to score 20, and David Malumba added 13. Simun Kovac had nine points and pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds.

Josh Floyd had 20 points for the Golden Eagles, while Devon Robinson had 19 and a team-best seven rebounds. Drew Rackley tossed in 17 points and came up with five steals and Seth O’Neal had 16 points and seven assists.


Shepherd 71, West Virginia Wesleyan 54

Shepherd used a balanced offensive attack and controlled the glass in a 71-54 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday night at the Butcher Center.

The Rams (5-1, 2-1) had four players in double figures led by 17 from Winston Burgess. Thomas Lang had 14 points and Derek McKnight had 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Jon Preston came off the bench to record a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Shepherd 46 percent from the field in the game and had a 44-25 advantage on the glass, including a 13-3 margin on the offensive end. The Rams bench outscored WVWC’s reserves 22-0 in the game.

Dusan Vincentic scored 17 points to lead West Virginia Wesleyan (3-3, 1-2). Clay Todd had 11 points with six rebounds.


West Liberty 97, Urbana 73

West Liberty shot 55 percent from the field and rolled to a 97-73 win over Urbana on Wednesday night at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers (5-1, 3-0) out-rebounded Urbana, 44-25, and had a 24-11 advantage in points off of turnovers in the win.

Dalton Bolon poured in 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-8 from three-point range and had six rebounds. Will Yoakum added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Yahel Hill netted 13.

Jordan Bradley scored 18 points to go with four rebounds and four assists for Urbana (1-5, 0-3). Malik Jacobs and Ethan Snapp each chipped in 13 points.


Fairmont State 77, Glenville State 75

Fairmont State held off Glenville State, 77-75, on Wednesday night at Joe Retton Arena.

The Pioneers (4-3, 1-2) led by a point at the break, 42-41, in large part to hitting 9-of-21 three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. GSC would go cold from behind the arc in the second half, though, shooting 0-for-10. Fairmont State’s ability to control the glass proved to be key as the Falcons had a 59-44 edge in rebounds and outscored the Pioneers 23-14 in second chance points.

Andrew Emrick came off the bench to score 16 points to lead Fairmont State (5-2, 3-0). Vonte Montgomery had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Kenzie Melko also tossed in 11 points to go with eight rebounds. Christian Sweazie chipped in 11 more for the Falcons.

Glenville State was led by 18 points and 10 rebounds from Davion Johnson. Darhius Nunn scored 16 points and had four assists. Karl Jeanty came off the bench and chipped in 12 points and Phil Bledsoe had 11 points and nine rebounds.


Notre Dame 83, Wheeling Jesuit 72

Notre Dame never trailed in an 83-72 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday night at the McDonough Center.

The game was tied 23-23 with still six minutes left in the first half, but NDC finished on a 15-4 run to seize control of the game. The Falcons led by double digits for the entire second half.

Larenz Thurman led the way for Notre Dame (6-1, 3-0) with 26 points. Will Vorhees had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Isaiah Sanders also tossed in 15. Halil Parks scored 12 and Angelo Cugini had a team-best 13 rebounds.

Brendan Hoban and Steve Cannady each had 15 points for Wheeling Jesuit (0-6, 0-3). Miguel Rodriguez came off the bench to add 14 and Tariq Woody contributed 12 rebounds.


UVa-Wise 105, West Virginia State 92

UVa-Wise pulled away from West Virginia State midway through the first half and withstood several second half surges and picked up a 105-92 win over the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday night.

The Cavs (4-3, 2-1) fell behind early, but used a 21-8 run to get back in front with 12 minutes left in the first half. UVa-Wise went into the locker room with a 12-point lead, but the Yellow Jackets managed to get within six on three occasions in the second half. The Cavs never let it get to a one-possession game and earned the 13-point win.

UVa-Wise had six players in double figures, including all five starters, led by 18 points from Cameron Whiteside. Tajh Eason (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Michal Seals (14 points, 12 assists) each had double-doubles. Briggs Parris scored 16 and Eric Okenchi added 14. Chance Sheffey came off the bench to score 15 points.

Glen Abram scored 22 points for West Virginia State (2-4, 1-2). Pat Johnson-Agwu netted 21 points and Isaiah Noel had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

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Fairmont State 98, Glenville State 77

Fairmont State outscored Glenville State 59-33 in the second half to defeat the Pioneers, 98-77. The loss is Glenville State’s first since Feb. 4, 2017 and halted the Pioneers 30-game conference winning streak.

The Pioneers (5-1, 2-1) led 44-39 at the break, but the Falcons (2-4, 1-2) came out hot in the third quarter with a 16-4 run in the first five minutes. Brooke Kurucz sparked the charge with seven points during that span. Leading 69-61 after the third quarter, and another strong start to the quarter helped FSU pull away as the Falcons went on a 16-3 in the first four minutes. Fairmont State was 6-of-9 from the field in that span, including 4-of-5 from deep. Sierra Kotchman provided the punsh this time with nine points.

Fairmont State finished the game shooting 61 percent from the field, compared to just 33 percent for Glenville State. The Falcons were able to get assists on 23 of the team’s 36 field goals.

Kotchman finished with 28 on the night and was 6-of-7 from three-point range. Rachel Laskody added 27 points and nine rebounds and blocked three shots. Kurucz tossed in 26 points and had eight rebounds and five assists.

Courtney Davis scored 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Pioneers. Donasja Scott came off the bench to add 14 points. Ty Armstrong chipped in 11 points.


UVa-Wise 87, West Virginia State 84

JK Cummings hit a shot at the buzzer to to lift UVa-Wise to an 87-84 win over West Virginia State on Wednesday night.

The Cavs (3-3, 2-1) led 84-77 with just over two minutes to play, but the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-2) battled back and tied the game up at 84-84 on a free throw from Anna Ross. With 4.1 seconds left on the clock, Cummings took the inbounds pass and drove to the top of the key and got the shot off for the win. It was her only field goal on the night. 

UVa-Wise was paced by 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists off the bench for UVa-Wise. Hanna Oliver scored 20 and had seven assists and Cynita Webb had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Lyrin Hatcher scored 25 points and had nine rebounds to lead West Virginia State. Jordan Miller had 16 points and Amari Grace chipped in 11.


Notre Dame 66, Wheeling Jesuit 48

Notre Dame picked up a 66-48 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday night at the McDonough Center.

Seina Adachi had 15 points to lead Notre Dame (4-2, 2-1). Marisa Finazzo contributed 11 points. The Falcons shot 40 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Cardinals by five.

Khira Burton had 10 points for Wheeling Jesuit (3-4, 1-2). Alysa Edwards came off the bench to toss in eight.


Charleston 82, Concord 57

Charleston improved to 3-0 in the MEC with an 82-57 win over Concord on Wednesday night at the Carter Center. The Golden Eagles closed the game out outscoring the Mountain Lions 30-13 in the fourth quarter.

Charleston (6-1, 3-0) shot 51 percent from the field and forced 23 Concord (4-2, 2-1) turnovers on the night turning them into 28 points to pick up the win. UC was led by Gracie Roberts who filled the box score with 18 points, six rebounds five steals and five assists. Anna Hayton scored 17 and Raziyah Farrington netted 15 points to go with six assists and three steals.

Madison May had 13 points, while Riley Fitzwater had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Andreanna Pool and Keely Lundy each had 11 points.


West Liberty 95, Urbana 56

West Liberty got 22 points from Marissa Brown and Taylor Johnson to cruise to a 95-66 win over Urbana on Wednesday night at the ASRC.

West Liberty (5-3, 2-1) shot 45 percent from the field and dominated the glass, 62-35, on the night. The Hilltoppers also had 25 assists on their 34 field goals.

Brown was 9-of-14 from the field and had nine rebounds for the Hilltoppers. Johnson was 8-of-18 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and had eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Morgan Brunner had 19 points, Brandi Beader added 11 points and Audrey Tingle dished out a game-high 13 assists.

Sylvia Hudson had 27 points to lead the Blue Knights (0-5, 0-3). Sa’Dera Johnson added nine points for UU.


West Virginia Wesleyan 62, Shepherd 51

West Virginia Wesleyan picked up its first win of the season with a 62-51 win on the road over Shepherd on Wednesday night.

The Bobcats (1-4, 1-2) held Shepherd (3-3, 1-2) to just 27 percent shooting in the game and made 41 percent of its attempts from the field. WVWC was also +10 on the glass on the night.

Abi Gabauer led the way for West Virginia Wesleyan with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and also pulled down seven rebounds. Victoria Jackson came off the bench to add 15 points. Brittany Stawvoy scored 11 and Tyra Hughes handed out eight assists.

Kayla Tibbs was the lone Shepherd player to reach double figures with 14 points. Kari Lankford had nine points and five assists.

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Concord 99, Urbana 79

Concord shot a blistering 67 percent from the field on its way to a 99-79 win over Urbana on Monday afternoon at the Carter Center.

With the game tied at 22-22 midway through the first half, Concord (3-2, 1-1) pulled away with a 29-15 run to take control of the game. Concord would lead by double figures the rest of the way in the win.

For the game, Concord made 35-of-52 from the field and hit 11-of-19 from behind the arc. The Mountain Lions also controlled the glass, 43-25.

Tommy Bolte had 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Concord. Jair Rodgers added 19 points and Trey Brisco scored 16 points and had seven rebounds.

Matt Treacy paced Urbana (0-3, 0-2) with 22 points and five rebounds, while Datrey Long came off the bench to contribute 21.


Glenville State 117, Wheeling Jesuit 113

Darhius Nunn poured in 42 points and dished out 16 assists to lead Glenville State to a 117-113 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Monday night at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers (4-1, 1-1) led by 14 at the break but had to hold off a late WJU (0-4, 0-2) rally to earn the victory. The Cardinals pulled to within a point in the final 10 seconds, but Glenville State did enough from the free throw line to seal the win. GSC hit 19 three-pointers in the game compared to 13 for the Cardinals.

Nunn had a hand in 30 of Glenville State’s 43 field goals in the night making 14-of-21 from the field (10-of-16 from three-point range) to go with the 16 assists. Davion Johnson had 21 points, and Phil Bledsoe had a double-double with 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Jay Gentry led Wheeling Jesuit with 36 points. Brendan Hoban had 25 points and eight assists, and Franck Kamgain 24 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Notre Dame 97, UVa-Wise 86 | Final Stats
WISE, Va.—Notre Dame pulled away from UVa-Wise midway through the second half to earn a 97-86 road win over the Cavaliers on Monday night.

Trailing 70-69 with under nine minutes to play, Notre Dame (4-1, 2-0) went on a crucial 17-6 run to pull away from the Cavs (3-2, 1-1). The Falcons were 6-for-8 from the field during that stretch, including 3-for-3 from deep, and Drew Scarberry contributed nine points during the stretch.

Will Vorhees paced NDC on the night with 28 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Larenz Thurman added 27 points and handed out eight assists and had three steals. Halil Parks chipped in 15 points and Scareberry tossed in 13 more off the bench.

UVa-Wise was led by Cameron Whiteside’s 19 points. Briggs Parris scored 16 and Michal Seals contributed 15 points, eight assists and four rebounds.


Shepherd 101, Charleston 93

Shepherd erased an early 16-point first half deficit and downed Charleston, 101-93, on Monday night at the Butcher Center.

After falling behind 18-2 in the first seven minutes of the first half, Shepherd (4-1, 1-1) stormed back and outscored UC 36-13 the rest of the way to grab a 38-31 lead at the break. The Rams would continue that momentum in the second half going on a 16-5 run to break the game open.

Winston Burgess went for 32 points to lead the Rams, while Derek McKnight added 26 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Thomas Lang chipped in 15 points. The Rams shot 63 percent from the field in the game.

Drew Rackley’s 47 points weren’t enough in a losing effort for the Golden Eagles (3-2, 0-2). Rackley was 14-of-26 (4-for-11 from three) and had five rebounds and three assists. Seth O’Neal managed 14 points and Adam Traore added 13 more in support for Charleston.


Fairmont State 94, West Virginia State 76

Fairmont State drained 14 three-pointers and shot 63 percent in the second half to defeat West Virginia State, 94-76, on Monday night at Joe Retton Arena.

A late three put WVSU up 36-33 at the break and would continue to hold a slim lead five minutes into the second half before a 21-5 run in just over four minutes put the Falcons in front, 61-54. FSU was 7-of-8 from deep during that stretch with all points coming from three-pointers. Fairmont State would continue to slowly build that lead from there before taking the final 94-76 margin of victory.

Jason Jolly led the Falcons (4-2, 2-0) with 28 points and four assists. Vonte Montgomery added 21 and Cole VonHandorf added 16. For the game, Fairmont State shot 52 percent and out-rebounded West Virginia State, 42-31.

Pat Johnson-Agwu netted 26 for West Virginia State (2-2, 1-1), while Gus Stone added 19.


West Liberty 80, West Virginia Wesleyan 71

West Liberty overcame a five-point halftime deficit and its lowest point total of the season in an 80-71 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday night.

The Hilltoppers (4-1, 2-0) struggled from three-point range in the first half making just 3-of-14 in the first 20 minutes. Meanwhile, WVWC (3-2, 1-1) made eight threes in the first half to claim that five-point lead.

The game remained close until 7:30 left in the game when the Hilltoppers went on a 17-6 run in just under two minutes to go ahead, 77-65. That run would prove to be the difference as the ‘Toppers went on to the nine-point victory.

Eric Meininger registered a triple-double with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Dalton Bolon had a team-high 23 points. Will Yoakum chipped in 16 points.

Fred Brondstead led a balanced attack for WVWC with 17 points. Dusan Vicentic scored 12 and Luka Petrovic chipped in 11 points to go with nine assists.

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Concord 96, Urbana 87 (OT)

Concord held Urbana to four points in overtime to run away with a 96-87 decision on Monday afternoon. The Mountain Lions led by as many as 18 points in regulation before the Blue Knights rallied to orchestrate a 19-6 run late in the game to pull within four (69-65) with 7:55 left to play.

Sylvia Hudson’s layup for Urbana (0-3,0-2) at the 5:41 mark knotted the score 71-71. Concord (4-1, 2-0) answered with a 7-0 run but the Blue Knights responded with a 9-2 run of their own to tie the score 80-80 with 1:31 on the clock. Madison May completed a three-point play for the Mountain Lions before Nikki Current hit a three to send the contest into overtime.

Concord scored 12 unanswered points in the overtime period to put Urbana away for good.

The Mountain Lions shot 57% from the floor in the win. May had 27 points in the contest with seven rebounds. Andreanna Pool added 21 with Riley Fitzwater scoring 10 with 10 boards. Courtney White also scored 10 points for Concord.

Hudson netted 27 points in the loss for Urbana with seven rebounds. Megan Beachy added 20 points with Current scoring 15 for the Blue Knights.


Glenville State 123, Wheeling Jesuit 88

Glenville State scored 39 points off of turnovers and its bench accounted for 61 points in a 123-88 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Monday. The Cardinals scored the opening basket in the contest but the Pioneers responded with a 12-2 run and maintained the momentum and the lead for the remainder of the game.

Glenville State (5-0, 2-0) had five players score double digits led by Emily Stoller with 30 points. Ty Armstrong followed with 20 points and six rebounds with Donasja Scott netting 11 points and six boards. Taylor Parker and Courtney Davis both chipped in 10 points for the Pioneers.

Chenelle Moore led all players in the game with 31 points and 17 rebounds in the setback. Khira Burton added 21 points with Taliah Cashwell scoring 15 for Wheeling Jesuit (2-3, 1-1).


West Virginia State 84, Fairmont State 78

West Virginia State overcame 10 ties and 13 lead changes and outscored Fairmont State 10-2 over the last five minutes of play to secure an 84-78 win on Monday.

Jordan Miller led all players in the game with 28 points for West Virginia State (2-2, 1-1). Jackson netted 17 in the win and Anesha Harmon added 11. Denisha Bowman grabbed nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Rachel Laskody led the effort for Fairmont State (1-4, 0-2) with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Brooke Kurucz added 10 points and six rebounds while Erin Danik added nine points and six boards in the setback.


Charleston 85, Shepherd 71

Charleston shot 51% from the floor and led by as many as 21 points to earn an 85-71 win over Shepherd on Monday. The Golden Eagles carried a 33-29 lead into the halftime break before outscoring the Rams 29-16 in the third quarter to give themselves some breathing room.

Raziyah Farrington led the effort for Charleston (4-1, 2-0) with 23 points. Brooklyn Pannell added 22 in the win followed by Anna Hayton with 12 points. Dionna Sanders recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

Sydney Clayton paced Shepherd (3-2, 1-1) with 21 points. Kari Lankford and Kayla Tibbs scored 15 and 14 points, respectively with Lankford notching a team-high five rebounds. The Rams shot 59% from the floor in the loss.


Notre Dame 64, UVa-Wise 53

Notre Dame outscored UVa-Wise 20-4 in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to a 64-53 win on Monday evening. The Cavaliers managed to cut the deficit to eight points (59-51) late in the fourth quarter but it proved to be too little too late as the Falcons took advantage of free throw opportunities down the stretch to secure the win.

Seina Adachi paced Notre Dame (3-2, 1-1) with 15 points in the win. Katie Karalic chipped in 13 points while Jessie Stout added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Hanna Oliver led the effort for UVa-Wise (2-3, 1-1) with 14 points. Mackenzie King chipped in 10 while Ashley Cullen hauled in 10 rebounds.


West Liberty 86, West Virginia Wesleyan 63

West Liberty was held to just nine points in the second quarter but never trailed on its way to an 86-63 win over West Virginia Wesleyan. The Hilltoppers shot 47% from the floor in the win.

Marissa Brown poured in 32 points and grabbed 19 rebounds with nine blocks for West Liberty (3-2, 1-1). Taylor Johnson added 18 points with Morgan Brunner chipping in 11 for the Hilltoppers.

Nicole Gilyard netted 21 points and notched 11 boards for West Virginia Wesleyan (0-3, 0-2). Brittany Stawovy followed with nine points for the Bobcats.

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