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Strong Second Half Leads Glenville State Past Point Park

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The GSC Lady Pioneer basketball team went on the road Thursday night and picked up their eighth straight win as they defeated the Point Park Pioneers 91-78.
Glenville State (9-1) had three players score in double figures and forced Point Park (7-5) into 30 turnovers as they picked up the 13 point victory.
Point Park would score the first six points of the game as they took an early 6-0 lead over Glenville State. However the Lady Pioneers went on a 16-7 run lead by Kristin DesRocher with 12 points as GSC took their first lead of the game at the 3:55 minute mark of the first quarter 16-13.
The Pioneers of Point Park came right back and took a two point advantage after one quarter 21-19.
In the second quarter with the scored knotted up at 24 all Point Park went on an 11-0 run as they took a 35-24 lead with 5:35 to play till intermission.
But the Lady Pioneers made a run of their own as they outscored Point Park 19-8 in the last 5:35 and went into halftime tied at 43-43.
In the first half Glenville State shot just 35 percent from the floor going 17-of-48 while Point Park shot 46 percent as they hit 15-of-32 from the floor. GSC really struggled from deep early as they hit just 6-of-28 for 21 percent while Point Park went 6-of-10 for 60 percent.
In the third quarter GSC made some separation as they outscored Point Park, 27-18 in the quarter as they took a 70-61 lead.
In the fourth it was all Lady Pioneers as they outscored Point Park 21-17 as they won their eighth straight and improved to 4-1 on the road this season.
Glenville State finished the game shooting 35 percent from the floor (33-of-92) but shot just 25 from behind the arc (15-of-59) while Point Park shot 38 percent from the floor (24-of-62) and 36 percent from deep (7-of-19).
The Lady Pioneers defense forced 30 turnovers and scored 33 points off of them. However GSC gave it away themselves 19 times and allowed Point Park to score seven points off of them.
Glenville State won the battle on the boards out rebounding Point Park by 10 at 55 to 45.
Emily Stoller scored career high tonight as she poured in 26 points as she went 16-of-26 from the field. Stoller also had a game high four assists in the victory. Kristin DesRocher chipped in with 17 points, with 15 of them coming in the first half, and Erkia Toney scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as she posted her first double-double of the year and third of her career.
 
Point Park had three players in double figures with Kaitlyn Smith leading the way with 14 points and Michelle Burns scoring 13 points.

Glenville State (9-1, 6-0) will host Johnson C. Smith this Tuesday, December 19th at 1:00 p.m. from the Waco Center.

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West Liberty 106, Fairmont State 100

West Liberty outlasted Fairmont State, 106-100, on Saturday night at the ASRC.

The game went back-and-forth for the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Hilltoppers (9-0, 6-0) used a 10-2 run to build a cushion. WLU would go on to close the first half with a 6-0 run to take a 62-50 lead going into the locker room.

The Hilltoppers would push their lead to 19 in the second half before the Fighting Falcons (6-3, 4-2) chippped away at the lead. Jason Jolly’s back-to-back three-pointers got the lead to just six with 5:17 to go, but West Liberty responded with the next four points to get it back to 10. FSU would get it to within six three more times, but could get no closer as West Liberty secured the win.

Dan Monteroso came up with 27 points and had six rebounds and four blocks. Eric Meininger had 18 points, and Dalton Bolon and Jordan Watson each had 15. WLU shot 51 percent from the field and out-rebounded Fairmont State, 50-41.

The Falcons, who only turned the ball over three times in the game, was led by 19 points, six assists and five rebounds from Jolly. Jolly was 5-of-10 from three-point range. Vonte Montgomery and Garrett Cook each had 17, while Cole VonHandorf and Kenzie Melko each contributed 14. 


West Virginia State 90, Urbana 83

West Virginia State pickd up a 90-83 road win over Urbana on Saturday afternoon at the Grimes Center.

The Yellow Jackets (6-4, 4-2) got 26 points and nine rebounds from Pat Johnson-Agwu. Ernest Jenkins hit four three-pointers on his way to 21 points, and Robert Fomby pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds and scored 14 points. Glen Abran added 11 points and Jahlen Greene came off the bench to add 10.

Malik Jacobs led Urbana (0-9, 0-6) with 26 points. Carlas Jackson scored 17, while Ethan Snapp and Chris Jackson each tossed in 11. Snapp also had six assists for the Blue Knights.


Wheeling Jesuit 67, Shepherd 62

Wheeling Jesuit bounced back from its first loss of the season by holding off Shepherd, 67-62, on Saturday at the McDonough Center.

Shepherd (3-6, 2-4) led for the majority of the game and led by as many as 12 points on two occasions early in the second half. However, WJU (8-1, 5-1) erased the 12-point deficit with a 12-0 run to tie the game with still 10 minutes left to play. The Rams continued to stay in front until a pair of free throws from Brent Pegram tied the game at 59-59, and Haywood Highsmith drilled a three-pointer to give the Cardinals the lead it would not relinquish with 4:35 to go. The Cardinals allowed just three points in the final five minutes of the game.

Highsmith had another double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Pegram finished with 20 off the bench for WJU. Drake Goddard netted 11 points and Preston Boswell had 10 points and four assists. Jeremiah Wilson pulled down 11 rebounds, scored six points and dished out four assists.

A.J. Carr led Shepherd with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Thomas Lang contributed 17 points and Gavin McTavish finished with 12. 


Concord 80, West Virginia Wesleyan 69

Concord used a 10-2 run midway through the second half to notch the 80-69 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Center.

Tommy Bolte continued his hot scoring streak going for 35 points while also dishing out seven assists and pulling down six rebounds for Concord (7-3, 5-1). Darian Peterson came off the bench to score 16 points, and Antonio Patterson had 10 points and seven rebounds.

West Virginia Wesleyan (1-9, 1-5) was paced by 23 points and nine rebounds from Aaron Ariri. Luke Layhew added 10 points and six boards, while Luka Petrovic had nine points, eight assists and six rebounds.


Charleston 103, Notre Dame 76

Charleston opened the game with a 20-3 run and never looked back in a 103-76 win over Notre Dame College on Saturday afternoon at Murphy Gymnasium.

Charleston (8-3, 4-2) shot 60 percent form the field in the game making 40-of-67. The Golden Eagles also held a significant 46-31 advantage on the glass. Six players reached double figures for UC led by Kier Anderson’s 24 points. Lamont McManus added 19 points, while Shaq Speights and Jordan Smith each scored 14. Jonathan Tshibury had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Malik Young also added 10 points.

The Falcons (3-7, 1-5) got 30 points off the bench from Halil Parks. Angelo Cugini added 13 points.


UVa-Wise 82, Glenville State 65

UVa-Wise used a strong close to the first half to propel it to an 82-65 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center.

The teams traded leads in the first half, but the Cavs (5-6, 4-2) closed the first half on a 13-4 run and scored the first five points of the second half to seize control of the game. The lead would swell to as many as 22 in the second half before settling for the final margin.

Michal Seals filled the stat sheet for UVa-Wise with 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Taiwo Badmus had a game-high 24 points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Yesid Mosquera-Perea had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Tajh Eason chipped in 10 points.

Elisha Mayberry led Glenville State (0-9, 0-6) with 19 points and six rebounds. Darhius Nunn and Theo Brown each had 13 points.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (December 09, 2017)

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Glenville State 107, UVa-Wise 77

Glenville State hit 15 three-pointers and forced 35 turnovers on its way to a 107-77 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers (8-1, 6-0) had six players reach double figures led by 22 from Kristin Desrocher, who was 5-of-11 from three-point range. Paris McLeod had 19 points and picked up five steals, while Bhrea Griffin came off the bench to toss in 15 points. Taylor Parker chipped in 14 points, Emily Stoller scored 12 and had five assists, and Courtney Davis netted 10 points to go with nine rebounds.

Hanna Oliver led the Cavaliers (2-7, 1-5) with 17 points. UVa-Wise got 12 points off the bench from Dakota Turner and 10 more from Alle Moore.


West Virginia State 109, Urbana 99

West Virginia State went on a 10-9 run to close the third quarter and opened the fourth on a 9-2 run to help pull away from Urbana, 109-99, on Saturday afternoon at the Grimes Center.

Jasmine Davis hit three of her six three-pointers during that critical stretch for the Yellow Jackets (3-6, 3-3) to help spark the run. Aurreshae Hines scored a game-high 28 points and had six assists and two steals for WVSU. Amari Grace hit five from distance and finished the game with 19 points. Alexandra Jackson scored 12 and dished out a team-best seven assists.

Megan Beachy led Urbana (4-3, 4-2) with 23 points. Danie Shafer scored 21 to go with five assists and five rebounds. Stefanie Davis handed out 13 assists on the night while also scoring 12 points and pulling down five rebounds. Sylvia Hudson chipped in 17 points and Erin Morrow tossed in 16.


Wheeling Jesuit 63, Shepherd 56

Wheeling Jesuit earned its second-straight victory by holding off Shepherd, 63-56, on Saturday at the McDonough Center.

A Cassi Stein layup to open the second quarter gave the Cardinals (3-6, 2-4) a lead it would not relinquish. Monica Burns led the way for WJU with 17 points and Chenelle Moore scored 15. Mariah Callen added 10 points and five assists, and Stein finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

The Rams (5-5, 2-4) were led by 20 point from Morgan Arden. Kari Lankford had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Kayla Tibbs chipped in 13 points.


Concord 88, West Virginia Wesleyan 68

Concord raced out to a 26-10 lead in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to an 88-68 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Center.

Concord (4-5, 2-4) shot a scorching 59 percent from the field in the game and had 25 assists on its 34 field goals. Madison May poured in 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting and added 11 rebounds and six assists. Riley Fitzwater, Danielle Catron and Lindsey Overbey each had 15 points.

Mari Stewart had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead West Virginia Wesleyan (4-4, 3-3). Katie Demi and Abi Gabauer each added 11 points, and Kiara Rodriguez netted 10. Tara Goldman had a game-high seven assists.


Notre Dame 77, Charleston 57

Notre Dame took control of the game midway through the first quarter and went on to take a 77-57 win over Charleston on Saturday afternoon at Murphy Gymnasium.

The Falcons (8-3, 5-1) shot 56 percent from the field and had 29 points off of turnovers in the victory. Kim Cook led the way for NDC with 19 points and seven rebounds. Maggie King added 11 points and Seina Adachi netted 10 points.

Michelle Noel had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead Charleston (5-4, 4-2). Marissa Koob also had 13 points off the bench for the Golden Eagles.


West Liberty 87, Fairmont State 79

West Liberty held off a Fairmont State rally in the second half and downed the Falcons 87-79 on Saturday night at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers (4-6, 3-3) led wire-to-wire in the victory building its lead to as many as 21 points in the third quarter. Fairmont State (4-5, 1-5) was able to get the lead down to three with under five minutes to play at 73-70, but a 9-3 run over the next three minutes sealed the win for WLU. McKenna Shives hit a jumper and three-pointer in that span, and Brandi Beader also added a three to spark the run.

Shives finished with a team-high 27 points for West Liberty hitting on 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Marissa Brown had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Beader also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists.

Sierra Kotchman poured in a game-high 32 points for Fairmont State. Brooke Kurucz scored 18, while Kelli Jo Harrison had 10 points and 16 rebounds.

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Glenville State 127, Concord 82

Glenville State turned 42 Concord turnovers into 37 points and drained 18 three-pointers in a decisive 127-82 victory on Tuesday evening.  The Pioneers had 12 different players score in the win with five recording double-digit outings.

Emily Stoller led the effort with 18 points followed by Kristen DesRocher with 17.  Paris McLeod and Erika Toney each drained 15 for Glenville State (7-1, 5-0) while Julie Bishop chipped in 12.  Courtney Davis hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds.  The win marked the sixth straight for the Pioneers.

Concord (3-5, 1-4) had five players in double figures for the first time since last year’s home contest against the Pioneers. Madison May poured in 21 points with Danielle Catron adding 18 in the setback.  Emily Boothe and Heather Chapman both scored 12 followed by Riley Fiztwater with 11 points and 10 rebounds.


Shepherd 79, West Liberty 72 (OT)

Shepherd trailed by as many as 13 points as late as the 9:03 mark in the fourth quarter but took advantage of a late shift in momentum to secure a 79-72 overtime win against West Liberty.

Marissa Brown hit a layup for the Hilltoppers with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.  The Rams came out firing using a three-pointer by Kayla Tibbs in their first overtime possession and held West Liberty to just two points in the extra period to earn the win.

Morgan Arden drained a game-high 31 points for Shepherd (5-4, 2-3) while Tibbs and Kari Lankford tallied 12 points apiece in the win.  Sydney Clayton added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Rams.

Marissa Brown paced West Liberty (3-6, 2-3) with 25 points and seven rebounds.  McKenna Shives added 18 points in the setback.


Notre Dame 84, West Virginia State 77

Notre Dame outscored West Virginia State 26-5 in the first quarter and held off a late West Virginia State run to secure an 84-77 victory on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Falcons in the second and third quarters but were unable to overcome the early deficit.  After trailing by as many as 21 points, West Virginia State (2-6, 2-3) worked to pull within four points (77-73) with 1:41 left to play before back-to-back layups by Notre Dame (7-3, 4-1) put the game away.

Seina Adachi led the effort for the Falcons with 21 points. Maggie King notched 15 points and nine rebounds while Kim Cook added 10 points and 11 boards.

Jasmine Davis scored 22 points for the Yellow Jackets in the loss followed by Jordan Miller with 12 points.  Michael Everhart and Kim Richburg both scored 11 while Aurreshae Hines rounded out the double-digit performers with 10 points and 10 rebounds.


Fairmont State 55, Wheeling Jesuit 53

Rachel Laskody hit a layup for Fairmont State with two seconds left in the game to propel the Falcons to a 55-53 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday.  The Cardinals led for the entire contest but were held to just four points in the fourth quarter, allowing the Falcons to mount a comeback and pick up their first MEC win of the season. 

Sierra Kotchman scored 14 points for Fairmont State (4-4, 1-4) with Brooke Kurucz and Kelli Jo Harrison each netting 12 in the win.  Harrison grabbed 11 rebounds in the win.

Chenelle Moore led the effort for Wheeling Jesuit (2-6, 1-4) with 14 points and 12 rebounds.  Monica Burns chipped in 12 points in the loss.


UVa-Wise 54, West Virginia Wesleyan 47

UVa-Wise held West Virginia Wesleyan to eight points in the first quarter and outlasted six ties and six lead changes to earn its first MEC win of the season in a 54-47 decision.  With the score tied 45-45 and just 2:50 left to play, the Cavaliers closed out the game with a 9-2 run to secure the victory.

Hanna Oliver netted 12 points for UVa-Wise (2-6, 1-4) with Cynita Webb and Ada Stanley each scoring 10 points.  Webb hauled in 11 rebounds with Ashley Cullen grabbing nine boards in the win.

Mari Stewart paced West Virginia Wesleyan (4-3, 3-2) with 11 points and 10 boards.  Alexa Szelong chipped in 10 points in the setback.


Urbana 73, Charleston 57

Urbana grabbed an early lead and never looked back on its way to a commanding 73-57 win over Charleston on Wednesday.  The Blue Knights never trailed in the contest and held the Golden Eagles to a 32% shooting percentage on the evening while earning their fourth win in five outings. Urbana shot 45% from the floor and 83% from the free throw line in the win.

Megan Beachy scored 20 points for Urbana (4-2, 4-1) with Stefanie Davis and Sylvia Hudson adding 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Abby Watson paced Charleston (5-3, 4-1) with 17 points with Octavia Loll adding 11 and Ambrea Williams chipping in 10.  Michelle Noel hauled in 12 rebounds in the setback.

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Concord 84, Glenville State 70

A 12-0 run midway through the first half allowed Concord University to overcome an early deficit in an 84-70 win against Glenville State on Tuesday evening.  Down 14-7 with 13:49 left in the first half, the Mountain Lions reeled off the next 12 points staring with back-to-back three-pointers by B.J. Hamlet.

Tommy Bolte scored 22 points for Concord (6-3, 4-1) while Darian Peterson chipped in 19.  Hamlet followed with 15 and Antonio Patterson scored 10 to aid the effort.

Darhius Nunn led Glenville State (0-8, 0-5) with 29 points with Brooks Ely chipping in 24 in the loss.  Marcus Schofield collected a team-high seven rebounds.


Fairmont State 78, #9 Wheeling Jesuit 74

Fairmont State turned 18 Wheeling Jesuit turnovers into 23 points and outlasted a late comeback effort by the Cardinals to secure a 78-74 win on Wednesday evening.  With the score tied 63-63 and 3:51 left in the game, Jason Jolly buried a three-pointer to give the Falcons the lead for good.

Jolly led all players in the game with 30 points for Fairmont State (6-2, 4-1) while Caleb Davis netted 14 points with 12 rebounds in the win.

Haywood Highsmith paced the Cardinals (7-1, 4-1) with 23 points and 15 boards.  Pat Moseh added 18 points in the setback with Preston Boswell and Jeremiah Wilson adding 14 and 10 points, respectively.


#7 West Liberty 99, Shepherd 80

West Liberty and Shepherd battled through a close first half but the Hilltoppers controlled the momentum in the second in a 99-80 win on Wednesday.  The Rams trailed by double-digit points for nearly the entire second stanza.

Dan Monteroso led the charge for West Liberty (8-0, 5-0) with 27 points in the win.  James Griffin added 23 with Dalton Bolon netting 19 for the Hilltoppers.  Evan French rounded out the list of double-digit performers with 11 points.

Winston Burgess netted 21 points for Shepherd (3-5, 2-3).  Steffen Davis scored 19 while Thomas Land and AJ Carr followed with 18 and 17 points, respectively.


West Virginia State 98, Notre Dame 88

West Virginia State scored 58 points in the paint and shot 55% from the floor in a 98-88 win over Notre Dame.  The Yellow Jackets led by as many as 24 points in the second half before securing the victory.

Five players scored double-digit points for West Virginia State (5-4, 3-2) led by Ernest Jenkins with 21 points.  Pat Johnson-Agwu netted 20 with Jeremiah Moore and Langston Cooke adding 15 and 12 points, respectively.  Isaiah Noel scored 10 points in the win and Robert Fomby tallied 12 rebounds.

Kyauta Taylor led the effort for Notre Dame (3-6, 1-4) with 25 points.  Halil Parks and Angelo Cugini each added 18 with Drew Scarberry scoring 13 points.  Oliver Megins notched a team-high seven rebounds.


Charleston 78, Urbana 67

Charleston trailed on just two occasions on its way to a 78-67 win over Urbana.  The Golden Eagles have won five of their last six games while leaving the Blue Knights in search of their first win on the young season.

Lamont McManus tallied 19 points and eight rebounds for Charleston (7-3, 3-2).  Keir Anderson netted 17 in the win with Ke’Andre Gibson and Austin Howard notching 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Ethan Snapp paced Urbana (0-8, 0-5) with 16 points.  Carlas Jackson chipped in 14 with Nick Detlev adding 10 points and nine rebounds.


West Virginia Wesleyan 71, UVa-Wise 70

After a closely contested first half battle, West Virginia Wesleyan built a commanding 13-point lead in the second half and fought off a late surge by UVa-Wise to take home a 71-70 win on Wednesday evening. The win marked the first of the season for the Bobcats.

Dusan Vicentic scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for West Virginia Wesleyan (1-8, 1-4).  Luke Layhew and Aaron Ariri both added 13 in the win while Luka Petrovic netted 12.  Ariri also notched 12 boards in the victory. The Bobcats shot 42% from the floor and held the Cavaliers to a 32% shooting percentage on the evening.

Michal Seals led UVa-Wise (4-6, 3-2) with 26 points.  Taiwo Badmus added 15 points and 17 rebounds while Chance Sheffey scored 12 in the setback.

McLeod Earns MEC Player of the Week Honors

The Free Press WV

Glenville State’s Paris McLeod has been named the Mountain East Conference Player of the Week, announced Monday afternoon by the league’s office.

McLeod, a senior guard from Belleville, Michigan, helped the Lady Pioneers earn two victories this week with wins over Fairmont State University and Shepherd University. For the week Paris averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 7.5 rebounds.

Against Fairmont State, Paris scored a game high 28 points while grabbing seven boards and dished out three assists as GSC defeated the Fighting Falcons, 99-70.

On Saturday at Shepherd she scored another game high 25 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in a 72 point win over the Rams, 133-61.

McLeod and Glenville State will travel to Concord University for a 5:30 p.m. tip this Tuesday with the Mountain Lions. 

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#7 West Liberty 103, Notre Dame 84

West Liberty scored 27 points off of 19 Notre Dame turnovers on its way to a 103-84 win on Saturday.  The Hilltoppers’ bench accounted for 42 points in comparison to five points scored by the Falcon reserves.

Dan Monteroso poured in 31 points for West Liberty (7-0, 4-0) with Jordan Watson scoring 18 in the win.  Eric Meininger and James Griffin rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Hilltoppers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.  Meininger grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Kyauta Taylor paced Notre Dame (3-5, 1-3) with 28 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.  Drew Scarberry added 17 with Levi Frankland recording 15 points.  Angelo Cugini chipped in 10 to aid the effort.


Charleston 78, UVa-Wise 75

Charleston survived eight ties and seven lead changes before securing a 78-75 road win over UVa-Wise on Saturday.  With the score tied 68-68 and 1:55 left to play, Jonathon Tshibuy hit two critical free throws to give Charleston the lead for good.

Kier Anderson drained a game-high 34 points with Tshibuy netting 12 points and 13 rebounds in the win for Charleston (6-3, 2-2). The Golden Eagles shot 44% from the floor and held UVa-Wise (4-5, 3-1) to a 36% shooting percentage over the course of the contest.

Taiwo Badmus and Michael Seals both scored 17 in the loss for the Cavaliers.  Yesid-Mosquera Perea added 14 with Chance Sheffey recording 10 points.


Fairmont State 83, West Virginia Wesleyan 77

Kenzie Melko-Marshall scored 22 points and tallied 10 rebounds to help Fairmont State outlast West Virginia Wesleyan 83-77 on Saturday in Joe Retton Arena.  The game featured eight ties and 23 lead changes before the Falcons outscored the Bobcats 10-4 in the final 2:33 to earn the victory.

Andrew Emrick chipped in 15 points for Fairmont State (5-2, 3-1) with Cole VonHandorf adding 12 in the win.  Caleb Davis chipped in 10 points to aid the effort.

Aaron Ariri netted 26 points and grabbed eight boards in the loss for West Virginia Wesleyan (0-8, 0-4). Dusan Vicentic scored 17 followed by Luke Petrovic and Luke Layhew with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Both teams shot 50% from the floor.


#9 Wheeling Jesuit 93, Urbana 79

Wheeling Jesuit built an eight-point lead by the end of the first half and continued the momentum in a commanding 93-79 win over Urbana on Saturday.  Ethan Snapp’s three-pointer with 12:38 on the clock in the second half gave the Blue Knights their lone lead (59-58) but the Cards promptly answered with a 10-0 run before securing the victory.

Pat Moseh and Haywood Highsmith both drained 25 points in the win for Wheeling Jesuit (7-0, 4-0).  Highsmith also grabbed 11 rebounds.  Brent Pegram scored 15 with Jeremiah Wilson adding 12 for the Cardinals.  Wheeling Jesuit shot 62% from the floor.

Chris Jackson led the effort for Urbana (0-7, 0-4) with 16 points.  Malik Jacobs and Snapp both drained 14 with Roy Hatchett scoring 12.


Shepherd 85, Glenville State 68

Shepherd held a narrow 32-31 advantage at the halftime break and refused to back down in the second half in an 85-68 win over Glenville State on Saturday.  The Pioneers pulled within eight points (71-63) with 3:32 left to play but the Rams took off on a 14-5 run to secure the win.

Shepherd (3-4, 2-2) had five players score double-digit points in the win led by Steffen Davis and AJ Carr with 17 points apiece.  Derek McKnight added 14 points with Winston Burgess adding 11 and Gavin McTavish netting 10.  Carr also grabbed 17 rebounds in the win.

Brooks Ely led Glenville (0-7, 0-4) with 20 points in the loss with John Toutzahn scoring 13.  Darhius Nunn and Jon Dunmyer added 10 points apiece to aid the effort.


Concord 96, West Virginia State 87

Concord raced to a double-digit lead within the first five minutes of play and never looked back on its way to a 96-87 win over West Virginia State on Saturday in the Carter Center.

Tommy Bolte poured in 46 points in the win with Trey Shuff and BJ Hamlet adding 14 and 10 points, respectively.  Jyles Webster notched nine rebounds for Concord (5-3, 3-1).

Robert Fomby led the effort for West Virginia State (4-4, 2-2) with 19 points.  Jahlen Greene added 18 and Jeremiah Moore notched 10 for the Yellow Jackets in the setback.

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West Liberty 98, Notre Dame 94

Trailing 43-42 at halftime, West Liberty opened the second half with a 12-2 run and outlasted several Notre Dame comeback efforts on its way to a 98-94 win on Saturday.

The Hilltoppers had five players score double-digit figures led by Marissa Brown with 26 points.  McKenna Shives chipped in 21 points followed by Brandi Beader with 19.  Olivia Belknap added 13 in the win with Johnie Olkosky rounding out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.  Brown hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds with Olkosky dishing out seven assists.  West Liberty (3-5,2-2) shot 50% from the floor.

Kim Cook led the effort for Notre Dame (6-3, 3-1) with 20 points.  Seina Adachi chipped in 19 with Marissa Finazzo and Mackenzie Meckes adding 17 and 14 points, respectively.  The Falcons shot 58% in the loss.


Concord 87, West Virginia State 76 (Overtime)

Concord overcame six ties and 11 lead changes, and outscored West Virginia State 15-4 in overtime before securing an 87-67 win on Saturday.  Madison May hit a layup for the Mountain Lions with 12 seconds on the clock to tie the score 72-72 and send the contest into overtime. 

Riley Fitzwater drained 26 points while grabbing 21 rebounds for Concord (3-4, 1-3) with May adding 21 and 15 boards.  Danielle Catron netted 19 points and 10 rebounds.  The win marked the first MEC victory of the season for the Mountain Lions. 

Aurreshae Hines notched 22 points for West Virginia State (2-5,2-2) with Denisha Bowman and Amari Grace adding nine each in the loss. 


West Virginia Wesleyan 79, Fairmont State 75

West Virginia Wesleyan picked up its second consecutive MEC win on Saturday in a 79-75 decision against Fairmont State.  The Bobcats led by as many as 12 points in the contest before the Fighting Falcons rallied to pull within one point on two occasions in the final quarter. Both teams exchanged free throws down the last stretch of the game with Brittany Stawovy hitting two for West Virginia Wesleyan (4-2, 3-1) for the final margin.

Tyra Hughes netted 22 points for the Bobcats with Stawovy adding 16 in the win.  Nicole Gilyard tallied 10 points to aid the effort.

Sierra Kotchman drained 24 points for Fairmont State (3-4, 0-4).  Kelli Jo Harrison score 12 with Molly Rinkevich adding 10 in the setback.


Wheeling Jesuit 76, Urbana 63

Wheeling Jesuit trailed just once in the contest and led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before securing its first conference win on the season in a 76-63 decision over Urbana.

Monica Burns and Mariah Callen both drained 25 points in the win with Cassi Stein adding 11 points, 10 boards and four assists for Wheeling Jesuit (2-5, 1-3). Callen and Burns each hit five three-pointers on the day and combined to go 12-14 from the free throw line.  The Cards shot 35% from the floor in the win.

Sylvia Hudson paced Urbana (3-2, 3-1) with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the setback while Stephanie Davis tallied 11 points on the afternoon.


Charleston 54, UVa-Wise 41

Charleston maintains a perfect record in MEC play after taking home a 54-41 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday in the Prior Center.  The Golden Eagles shot 38% from the floor in the win while holding the Cavaliers to a 23% shooting percentage.

After trailing 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, Charleston (5-2, 4-0) held UVa-Wise (1-6, 0-4) to single-digit points in the second and led by as many as 13 in the third before securing the win.

Brooklyn Pannell paced the Golden Eagles with 16 points while Octavia Loll and Abby Watson added 13 each.  Ambrea Williams hauled in 11 rebounds.

Adalmaryz Gomez and Cynita Webb both scored 10 points for UVa-Wise in the setback.  Ale Moore tallied 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers.


Glenville State 133, Shepherd 61

Glenville State had seven players score double-digit points and shot 57% from the floor in a 133-61 win over Shepherd on Saturday in the Butcher Center.  The Pioneers never trailed in the contest and forced 35 turnovers.

Paris McLeod poured in a game-high 25 points with eight rebounds with Emily Stroller chipping in 23 points in the win.  Kristin DesRocher added 17 for Glenville State (6-1, 4-0) followed by Courtney Davis and Erika Toney adding 13 and 12, respectively.  Bhrea Griffin and Julie Bishop each netted 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Pioneers.

Morgen Arden drained a team-high 22 points in the loss.  Sydney Clayton recorded eight points and eight rebounds for Shepherd (4-4, 1-3).

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (November 29)

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UVa-Wise 83, West Virginia State 81

ajh Eason’s floater as time expired gave UVa-Wise an 83-81 win over West Virginia State on Wednesday night at the Walker Convocation Center.

With the score tied at 81-81, Eason stole the ball from Ernest Jenkins at the top of the key with just three seconds left, and raced the length of the floor and released the floater at the foul line to beat the buzzer for the win.

UVa-Wise (4-4, 3-0) shot 50 percent from the field in the win. The Cavs had a 44-41 edge in rebounds, however, West Virginia State (4-3, 2-1) was able to pull down 20 offensive rebounds in the game and had 26 second chance points.

Taiwo Badmus had 33 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cavs. Chance Sheffey had 14 points and eight rebounds and Michal Seals tossed in 10.

West Virginia State received double-doubles from Robert Fomby (19 points and 10 rebounds) and Pat Johnson-Agwu (17 points and 12 rebounds). Jeremiah Moore had 13 points and Langston Cooke contributed 10.


#9 Wheeling Jesuit 91, Notre Dame 80

Wheeling Jesuit held off a furious second half rally from Notre Dame to hold off the Falcons, 91-80, on Wednesday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

The Cardinals (6-0, 3-0) led by as many as 19 points in the second half with 13:24 left before a 22-2 run in just over five minutes put the Notre Dame (3-3, 1-2) back in the lead. WJU was able to bounce back and held the Falcons to just nine points in the final 6:34 and managed 22 points during that span to take the win.

Notre Dame hit 15 three-pointers in the game as it played without Will Vorhees. Wheeling Jesuit committed just seven turnovers in the game and had a 24-3 edge in second chance points.

Pat Boswell and Haywood Highsmith each dropped in 29 points for Wheeling Jesuit. Highsmith added 16 rebounds and four assists, while Boswell contributed three steals. Jeremiah Wilson scored 18 points and Pat Moseh added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Cards.

Levi Frankland led the way with 22 points, and Cole Hayes tossed in 17. Angelo Cugini had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


Concord 77, Charleston 72

Concord erased a 10-point deficit with just 8:46 to play and escaped with a 77-72 win over Charleston on Wednesday night at the Wehrle Innovation Center.

Down 60-50, the Mountain Lions (4-3, 2-1) went on an 18-4 run over the next five minutes to surge ahead by four with just 3:20 left in the game. Charleston (4-3, 1-2) would get to within a point on two occasions in the final stretch, but each time CU’s Tommy Bolte hit a shot that kept the Mountain Lions in front for good.

Bolte went for a game-high 30 points on 13-of-21 shooting that included four three-pointers. B.J. Hamlett added 16 points and Darian Patterson finished with 11.

Lamont McManus led Charleston with 15 points and nine rebounds. Jonathan Tshibuy contributed 11 points and eight boards, while Austin Howard chipped in 10 points. 


#7 West Liberty 115, Urbana 86

West Liberty shot 55 percent from the field and had seven players score in double figures as the Hilltoppers downed Urbana, 115-86, on Wednesday night at the Grimes Center.

Dalton Balon led the charge for West Liberty (6-0, 3-0) with 20 points. Brandon Smith had 13, while Tyler Primmer, Dan Monteroso and Eric Meininger each had 11. James Griffin contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. WLU connected on 46-of-86 shots from the field and out-rebounded Urbana 48-33.

Carlas Jackson led all scorers with 28 points for Urbana (0-6, 0-3). Aarmanni Garnett had 12 points, while Mike Ryan and Chris Jackson each notched 11. Roy Hatchett had eight points to go with seven assists. UU shot 40 percent from the field and was plagued by 24 turnovers.


Fairmont State 69, Glenville State 64

Fairmont State outscored Glenville State 8-3 in the final 3:24 to come away with a 69-64 win over the Pioneers on Wednesday night at the Waco Center.

A steal by Jason Jolly led to a layup by D’Ondre Stockman to break the 61-61 tie with under four minutes to play. Fairmont State would never trail the rest of the way as it improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. FSU had to overcome a 10-point second half deficit to earn the win.

Jolly led the Falcons with 15 points, and Stockman finished with 13. Vonte Montgomery chipped in 10 points.

Darhius Nunn paced the Pioneers (0-6, 0-3) with 25 points, four rebounds and three assists. Elisha Mayberry scored 12 and Jon Dunmyer netted 11 points to go with seven rebounds.


Shepherd 82, West Virginia Wesleyan 64

Shepherd earned its first conference win of the season with an 82-64 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday night at the Rockefeller Center.

The Rams (2-4, 1-2) had five players reach double figures led by 16 apiece from Thomas Lang and Winston Burgess. Lang also had five assists and four rebounds, while Burgess contributed six rebounds. Derek McKnight came off the bench to score 13, while Gavin McTavish and Steffen Davis each notched 12. A.J. Carr filled the box score with nine points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Luka Petrovic scored 16 points for West Virginia Wesleyan (0-7, 0-3). Kevin Kagni added 10 points.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (November 29)

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Urbana 92, West Liberty 84

Stefanie Davis scored a school-record 38 points as Urbana topped West Liberty, 92-84, on Wednesday night at the Grimes Center.

Davis hit 15-of-21 shots from the field and was 7-of-8 from the line on her route to her point total. She also had nine rebounds and seven assists to help the Blue Knights improve to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Erin Marrow came off the bench to score 15 points and add three steals, while Sylvia Hudson and Danie Shafer each scored 14 for Urbana. UU shot 58 percent from the field and dominated the points in the paint, 62-36.

West Liberty (2-5, 1-2) was led by 22 points and 13 rebounds from Marissa Brown. Brandi Beader added 19 points and McKenna Shives hit four three-pointers to end with 12 points.


Notre Dame 67, Wheeling Jesuit 50

Notre Dame slowed down Wheeling Jesuit on its way to a 67-50 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

The Falcons (6-2, 3-0) held Wheeling Jesuit (1-5, 0-3) to just 29 percent shooting from the field in the victory. Kim Cook had 13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals to pace Notre Dame. Marisa Finazzo added 12 points and five assists.

Mariah Callen had 16 points to lead WJU. Cassi Stein contributed 12 points for the Cardinals, and Chenelle Moore had eight points to go with 11 rebounds.


West Virginia State 74, UVa-Wise 51

West Virginia State used a big second half to down UVa-Wise, 74-51, on Wednesday night at the Walker Convocation Center.

The Yellow Jackets (2-4, 2-1) trailed by two at the break, but outscored UVa-Wise (1-5, 0-3) by 25 in the second half. WVSU held the Cavs to just five points in the final 10 minutes of the game. West Virginia State forced 25 turnovers in the came and committed just 12.

Aurreshae Hines led the way for WVSU with 17 points, four assists and three steals. Kim Richburg had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Jasmine Davis added 13 points and five boards. 

The Cavs were led by Hanna Oliver’s 14 points. Cynita Webb had seven points to go with eight rebounds.


Glenville State 99, Fairmont State 70

Glenville State produced a 99-70 win over Fairmont State on Wednesday night at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers (5-1, 3-0) forced 22 turnovers in the game and Paris McLeod had 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Courtney Davis had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while also coming up with five steals and three blocks. Abby Stoller tossed in 12 points and Erika Toney had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Sierra Kotchman had 23 points and four assists for Fairmont State (3-3, 0-3). Kelli Jo Harrison had 10 points to go with a game-high 14 rebounds.


Charleston 78, Concord 63

Octavia Loll and Anna Hayton each scored 15 points to help lead Charleston to a 78-63 win over Concord on Wednesday night at the Wehrle Innovation Center.

Hayton added seven rebounds and a pair of blocks to help lead the Golden Eagles (4-2, 3-0). Abby Watson chipped in 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Madison May paced Concord (2-4, 0-3) 16 points and three assists. Heather Chapman added 10 points.


West Virginia Wesleyan 76, Shepherd 69

West Virginia Wesleyan pulled away from Shepherd late in the fourth quarter to register a 76-69.

WVWC improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play with the victory, while Shepherd slipped to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the MEC.

The Bobcats got double-doubles from Mari Stewart (14 points and 10 rebounds) and Tara Goldman (11 points and 12 rebounds) on its way to the win. Tyra Hughes had 15 points and dished out six assists. Brittany Stawovy came off the bench to add 10 points.

Shepherd’s Morgan Arden led all scorers with 25 points, while Kari Lankford added 23 points.

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