MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (February 07, 2019)

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West Liberty 69, UVa-Wise 64

West Liberty reeled off 11 straight points down the stretch to rally for a 69-64 win over UVa-Wise on Thursday. The Hilltoppers maintained a 49-39 lead with 5:16 left in the third quarter but the Cavaliers closed out the frame with a 13-0 run to shift the momentum.

UVa-Wise pulled away 62-56 with 5:29 left in the game before Brandi Beader sparked the run for the Hilltoppers by sinking a pair of free throws. West Liberty closed out the game with a 13-2 run to secure the win.

Marissa Brown poured in 26 points with 14 rebounds for West Liberty (14-7, 11-4) in the win. Taylor Johnson scored 17 and Morgan Brunner finished with 13 points. Johnie Olkosky hauled in 14 rebounds for the Hilltoppers.

Ada Stanley led UVa-Wise (9-12, 7-8) with 20 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Cynita Webb notched 13 points along with a team-high 15 rebounds.

Glenville State 112, West Virginia State 96

Glenville State orchestrated a 16-0 run early in the third quarter and never looked back on its way to a 112-96 win over West Virginia State. The Yellow Jackets remained within striking distance in the first half but trailed by nine points or more the rest of the way after the Pioneers’ third quarter run.

Glenville State (19-2, 14-1) had five players score double-digits led by Ty Armstrong with 32 points. Re’Shawna Stone netted 24 in the win with Donasja Scott and Blaize Burgess chipping in 11 points apiece. Zakiyah Winfield followed with 10. Courtney Davis notched a team-high nine rebounds with Scott hauling in eight. The Pioneers shot 46% from the floor over the course of the contest.

Charity Shears paced West Virginia State (4-17, 3-12) with 18 points. Lyrin Hatcher had 16 points with 11 rebounds with Sierra Womack tallying 12 points and six assists for the Yellow Jackets. Anesha Harmon added 11 points in the loss.

Fairmont State 75, Urbana 60

Fairmont State rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit and Sierra Kotchman poured in 30 points in a 75-60 win over Urbana on Thursday. The Blue Knights shot 50% from the field in the opening half but the Falcons held Urbana to nine points in the third quarter to aid the comeback effort.

Fairmont State built a 57-48 advantage heading into the fourth quarter and scored the first nine points in the final 10 minutes to lead by double-digits the rest of the way.

Kotchman scored 22 of her 30 points in the second half while tallying five rebounds in the win for Fairmont State (9-12, 6-9). Rachel Laskody tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds with Brooke Kurucz scoring 11 and grabbing five boards.

Sylvia Hudson paced Urbana (2-17, 2-13) with 15 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Erin Morrow chipped in 13 for the Blue Knights.

Notre Dame 77, Shepherd 60

Notre Dame held a 36-33 lead at the halftime break and led by 11 or more points for the entire fourth quarter before securing a 77-60 win over Shepherd on Thursday. The Falcons scored 30 points off of turnovers with their bench accounting for 25 points in the win.

Seina Adachi scored a game-high 23 points for Notre Dame (12-9, 9-6). Katie Karalic and Jada Marone each scored 11 points with Jessie Stout notching a team-high eight rebounds.

Sydney Clayton paced Shepherd (11-10, 8-7) with 18 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Kayla Tibbs added 16 points while Kari Lankford chipped in 11 points and seven boards.

Concord 68, Wheeling Jesuit 51

Concord held Wheeling Jesuit to single-digit points in the first and fourth quarters on its way to a 68-51 win on Thursday evening. The Mountain Lions pulled away by as many as 22 points and led for the entire second half before securing the victory.

Andreanna Pool netted 23 points for Concord (17-4, 12-3) along with four steals. Madison May scored 11 with five rebounds and Maggie Guynn added 10 points.

Khira Burton drained a team-high 18 points for Wheeling Jesuit (3-18, 1-14). Peyton McCord scored eight and pulled down 14 rebounds.

Charleston 71, West Virginia Wesleyan 58

Charleston held West Virginia Wesleyan to nine points in the first quarter and led the rest of the way in a 68-51 victory on Thursday.

Anna Hayton netted 17 points with 10 rebounds for Charleston (18-3, 10-1). Brooklyn Pannell added 16 points and Raziyah Farrington notched 15. Dionna Sanders had 11 points and nine rebounds. The Golden Eagles shot 48% from the floor in the win.

Nicole Gilyard scored 16 points and had nine rebounds for West Virginia Wesleyan (4-14, 4-11). Tyra Hughes netted 10.

His Brain Was Betraying Him. An Autopsy Showed Why

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Kirstyn Hairston thought her husband might take his own life. But she didn’t expect it would come so soon, or that he would do it in their home as the kids were downstairs. “But would you want to live if you knew you were losing your mind?“ she asks when speaking to New York Times reporter John Branch. She opened up for a lengthy piece about Jason Hairston, who at age 47 “gave every indication that he was living ... the American dream.“ He died in September. A top college football player, he did short stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos before founding KUIU, a high-end hunting gear and apparel company that did $50 million in sales in 2016. He had “3% body fat and model-handsome looks,“ writes Branch. He also had a history of concussions and was certain he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He did.

Phil Bledsoe has found himself a home in the Mountain East Conference

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Glenville State’s star junior, a Marshall transfer, leads the MEC in rebounding at 11.2 rpg. He is also ranked in several other individual categories; he is seventh in three-point percentage at 40.3%, hitting 62 shots from beyond the arc. Bledsoe is also ninth in scoring (18.8 ppg), and tenth in blocked shots.

A star in the classroom as well, Bledsoe has been a consistent Dean’s List performer in college, and continues to excel as an Accounting Major. He takes just as much pride in his academic success.

Bledsoe’s journey began in native city of Wheeling, West Virginia. He played three sports throughout his youth; baseball, basketball, and football. While attending Elm Grove Elementary, Bridge Street Middle School, and eventually Wheeling Park High School, he honed his skills in each sport.

He played football until ninth grade as a quarterback, and was teammates with several players that went on to finish as Class AAA runners-up in 2015. In baseball he pitched and also played third base as a position player, excelling in that sport through the tenth grade. After his sophomore year of baseball, the star decided to put his full focus on basketball.

“It was just best for me at the time to put my focus into areas that would enhance my future,“ Bledsoe stated. “I was able to spend a lot more time with my classes, and I knew that basketball was the sport that I could potentially play in college.“

At Wheeling Park, Bledsoe played for Patriot legend Michael Jebbia. The school’s all-time leading scorer as a player, and a successful head coach with over 200 career wins.

Bledsoe closed his career with a solid pair of seasons, and earned Second Team All-OVAC. As a senior, he was a double-double machine, averaging 24 points and 15 points. He also delivered a stellar GPA, graduating with Honors from WPHS. He was also an active member of the FCA. With an interest in accounting and finance, he began to look for schools that would be a good fit for himself both athletically and academically.

“Bledsoe closed his career at WPHA with over 1000 points, and over 900 rebounds. He finished as the school’s all-time rebound leader. For his efforts, he was a three-time All-OVAC performer, and his senior year, was Second Team All-State.“

In the Spring of 2016, the senior had his choices narrowed to three schools; Cornell, Kent State, and Marshall. In the end, he chose to stay in state and play for the Herd under Coach Dan D’Antoni.

“It was a good fit for me personally,“ Bledsoe said. “I liked the University and I liked the style of play.“

Playing for Marshall in the 2016-17 season, Bledsoe saw action in 16 games, averaging 2.6 ppg and 2.0 rpg. His memories of that season included a large “learning curve” for both the D’Antoni system and the college game in general, and also included getting tutelage from a pair of talented seniors in Stevie Browning and Ryan Taylor.

His sophomore year was even better. Marshall advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and defeated four-seed Wichita State in the First Round. They were defeated by WVU in the tourney’s Second Round, playing in a game that showcased both in-state universities. The road to “the Dance” included an epic defeat of Western Kentucky in the Conference USA Finals. For his sophomore season, he played in 19 games, averaging 3.1 ppg and 1.7 rpg.

“That was an amazing experience,“ Bledsoe said. “It was the school’s first NCAA appearance in over 30 years, and it was very special to be a part of that group. That was very big wins for the program, and it was very uplifting for the city of Huntington.“

In Bledsoe’s two seasons at Marshall, he was able to play with several other in-state stars such as Jon Elmore (George Washington), C.J. Burks (Martinsburg), Ot Elmore (South Charleston), Noah Frampton (Poca), Jacob Kilgore (Spring Valley), Rondale Watson (Greenbrier East), Stevie Browning (Logan), Will Fenton (Fayetteville), Marcus Reed (Riverside) and Jarrod West (Notre Dame). Burks has produced over 1000 career points, and Elmore over 2000, with Elmore on pace to become the school’s all-time leading scorer.

“We took a lot of pride in being West Virginians. We often felt as if we were ‘West Virginia against the world.“ Bledsoe said. “Burks and Elmore are big stars, but they are also very good people. They were great teammates and I still enjoy getting to talk to them.  Coach D’Antoni is a good man, a good coach, and he runs a good system. It was a really nice experience all around at Marshall.“

In the summer of 2018, Bledsoe decided to leave Marshall. His primary focus was to go where he get more minutes, but it was re-opening of the recruit process. He was looking for a D-II school so he could play right away, but he it also needed to be a school with a strong Accounting program. In the end, it was the Pioneers that won out.

“There were a variety of reasons I chose Glenville,“ Bledsoe said. “When my family met with Coach Caldwell, we could tell right away that he was a man of his word. They had my major and some quality professors. Coach Ot (Elmore), was very instrumental in my decision. He was a teammate at Marshall and one of my good friends down there.“

“The small town experience has been very good for me,“ Bledsoe said. “My life is primarily studying in my room, and going to the gym. The small school atmosphere has really helped me keep a strong focus on my academics. My parents taught me that getting a “B” was unacceptable, and that staying on task in your classes and working ahead to some degree is imperative. I can do that in Glenville.“

Glenville State also runs the same system as the D’Antoni Brothers, as Caldwell has studied in depth the offense of both Marshall and the Houston Rockets. This made the transition even easier. At mid-season, he was joined by another former Herd player as Frampton is now a Pioneer as well.

Bledsoe’s impact has been immediate. Besides the aforementioned statistics in which he is among the league leaders, his role on the team is much bigger than his two years at Marshall. Instead of being a role player, he is very much a “go-to” player for the Pioneers, and also one looked to for leadership from Coach Caldwell and Coach Elmore.

“Phil Bledsoe has been an outstanding addition to our basketball team,“ Caldwell said. “Phil has All-American potential and is the kid that we will rebuild this program around. With his academic success he is the definition of the true student-athlete. In addition to being a great student-athlete, he is an even better person. We are very fortunate to have Phil as a Pioneer, and we look forward to his future success.“

Thus fas this season Bledsoe has posted 12 double-doubles while last night’s 86-84 win over UVa-Wise was his 4th straight as he posted 25 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Beyond college, Bledsoe is looking to continue basketball on the next level…perhaps playing overseas like his former teammate Stevie Browning. His professional plans for the immediacy is finding a job in the accounting field, and hopefully having his own practice at some point.

Bledsoe is even looking beyond basketball and accounting. He states that later in life, his dream is to have his own restaurant or possibly a sporting goods store.

“I have dreams beyond college,“ Bledsoe said. “I am just going to follow God’s plan.“

Trump: I Wouldn’t Encourage Barron to Play Football

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Football is “really tough” and “a dangerous sport,“ and for President Trump, it’s a “very tough question” when it comes to 12-year-old son Barron playing it. Asked in a CBS News interview airing just ahead of the Super Bowl if he’d allow his son to play, the president said, “If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t.“ Fortunately for Trump, the AP reports that the question is somewhat of a hypothetical: Barron plays soccer, a sport Trump says many “including me, thought ... would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly.“ The AP notes that Trump in the past has complained that NFL moves to prevent hard hits and concussions are “ruining the game.“

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (February 02, 2019)

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#8 West Liberty 96, Fairmont State 85

Eighth-ranked West Liberty took over sole possession of first place in the Mountain East with a 96-85 win over Fairmont State on Saturday in a rivalry game featured as part of the NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase.

The Hilltoppers led wire-to-wire in the win and built their advantage to as many as 21 points down the stretch with five players scoring double-digits.  After leading 48-38 at halftime, the Hilltoppers led by 10 or more points for the entire second half with their bench accounting for 25 points over the course of the contest.

Dalton Bolon drained 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds for West Liberty (18-2, 13-1).  Will Yoakum added 18 points and six boards while Marlon Moore Jr. chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds.  Eric Meininger followed with 11 points and seven rebounds with Yahel Hill notching 10 points in the win. Luke Dyer handed out 10 assists for the Hilltoppers.

Cole VonHandorf scored a team-high 25 points for Fairmont State (15-5, 12-2).  Jason Jolly netted 24 and Vonte Montgomery tallied 16 with 12 rebounds.

Notre Dame 75, Charleston 69

Notre Dame held a 37-34 lead at halftime and stretched its advantage to as many as 13 points in the second half in a 75-69 win over Charleston on Saturday in Murphy Gymnasium.

Will Vorhees netted a game-high 32 points with 12 rebounds in the win for Notre Dame (13-6, 9-4).  Larenz Thurman added 17 points and five rebounds with Bruce Hodges netting eight points and grabbing five rebounds with five assists for the Falcons.  Notre Dame shot 49% from the floor in the win and outscored Charleston 38-22 in the paint.

Drew Rackley paced Charleston (13-6, 8-5) with 17 boards and six rebounds.  Seth O’Neal scored 11 while Lamont McManus and Keith Williams both scored 10 while combining for seven rebounds.  Devon Robinson chipped in eight points with 10 rebounds in the loss.  The Golden Eagles scored 19 points off of turnovers over the course of the evening.

Glenville State 86, UVa-Wise 84

Noah Frampton hit a three-pointer with one second on the clock to send Glenville State ahead 86-64 over UVa-Wise on Saturday.

Glenville State survived 14 ties and 15 lead changes to secure the win.  The Pioneers were outscored 44-30 in the paint but scored 17 points off of turnovers over the course of the contest.

UVa-Wise pulled ahead 20-14 by the 12:41 mark, its largest lead of the half, before the Pioneers rallied back to go up five (31-26) with 9:08 on the clock before halftime.  Eric Okenchi hit two free throws at the end of the first half for the Cavaliers to knot the score 43-43 at the break.

The Cavaliers opened the second half with a 10-3 run for their largest lead of the game before the Pioneers battled back to go up six (66-60) with 10:32 on the clock.  Both teams fought to gain the momentum with neither team leading by more than three in the last five minutes of play.

The Pioneers led 83-82 with three seconds left in the game when Cameron Whiteside sunk two free throws for the Cavaliers to give UVa-Wise the edge before Frampton sunk a three for the final margin.

Whiteside led UVa-Wise (6-13, 4-10) with 26 points and nine rebounds in the loss.  Okenchi and Briggs Parris both netted 19 points each with Okenchi grabbing 12 rebounds.  Rahji Langford chipped in 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Cavaliers.

Phil Bledsoe poured in a team-high 25 points for Glenville State (8-12, 3-11) with 12 rebounds.  Elisha Mayberry added 20 points and eight boards with Jamal Pollydore and Frampton scoring 17 and 15, respectively.

Wheeling Jesuit 78, Shepherd 72

Wheeling Jesuit held off a second half rally to secure a 78-72 win over Shepherd in the McDonough Center on Saturday.

The Cardinals maintained a 37-30 lead at the halftime break and led by as many as 13 points (54-41) with 12:19 left in the game before Shepherd stormed back with a 17-4 run to knot the score 58-58 with 7:47 on the clock.

The Rams held a narrow 60-59 lead with 6:36 to play before Jay Gentry’s three-pointer sparked an 8-2 run for the Cardinals, and gave Wheeling Jesuit the lead for good. 

The Cardinals shot 57% from the floor in the win and outscored the Rams 34-20 in the paint. Wheeling Jesuit (3-17, 2-12) had five players score double-digits led by Tariq Woody with 17 points and six rebounds.  Steve Cannady and Gentry both tallied 16 points each with Cannady grabbing eight rebounds.  Franck Kamgain netted 13 points while DeAndre Robinson scored 12 in the win.

Thomas Lang led the effort for Shepherd (10-10, 6-8) with 17 points.  Winston Burgess netted 16 with nine boards while Derek McKnight added 10 in the loss.

West Virginia State 97, Urbana 85

West Virginia State opened the second half with a 12-3 run and never looked back on its way to a 97-85 win over Urbana on Saturday.  The Yellow Jackets held a 38-35 lead at the halftime break before stretching its advantage to as many as 15 points in the second half to secure the victory.

Six players scored double-digit points for West Virginia State (11-9, 8-6) led by Pat Johnson-Agwu and Gus Stone with 17 points each.  Ernest Jenkins Jr. scored 15 with four rebounds while Glen Abram and Kovien Dominus each netted 12 with a combined six rebounds.  Frank Agyemang added 11 point and six boards in the win.  The Yellow Jackets shot 53% from the floor.

Jordan Bradley led the way for Urbana (5-13, 3-11) with a game-high 21 points in the loss.  Ethan Snapp added 15 points with Michael Ryan chipping in 13 points and seven rebounds.  Datrey Long scored 11 with Malik Jacobs netting 10 and hauling in 10 boards.

West Virginia Wesleyan 66, Concord 65

West Virginia Wesleyan overcame nine ties and 14 lead changes while trailing just once in the second half before securing a 66-65 win over Concord on Saturday.  With the score tied 42-42 and 15:24 left to play, Tommy Bolte hit a free throw to push the Mountain Lions ahead.  The Bobcats answered with back-to-back buckets by Dusan Vicentic and a layup by Todd Clay to pull ahead 48-43 and would maintain the lead for the remainder of the game.

Jair Rodgers led the effort for Concord (14-6, 9-5) with 24 points in the loss.  Bolte chipped in 17 points and seven boards while Simun Kovac added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Mountain Lions. Malik Johnson also had 11 points while grabbing seven rebounds. 

Vicentic paced West Virginia Wesleyan (9-11, 6-8) with 22 points and five rebounds in the win.  Daylin Lee added nine points and four boards with Adam Horton notching eight points and five rebounds.

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West Liberty 75, Fairmont State 65

Marissa Brown poured in 39 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to propel West Liberty to a 75-65 win over Fairmont State on Saturday in a rivalry game featured as part of the NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase. 

The Hilltoppers trailed 41-40 with 6:30 left in the third quarter before an 18-7 run left the Falcons down 58-48 heading into the fourth.  Fairmont State was unable to overcome the deficit and West Liberty led by 10 or more points for the remainder of the contest.

Brown finished the afternoon shooting 17-of-23 from the field and scored 16 of West Liberty’s 17 points in the fourth quarter. West Liberty (13-7, 10-4) shot nearly 51 percent from the field (30-of-59) in the game, compared to 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from Falcons. The Hilltoppers passed out 24 assists on 30 made baskets.

Sierra Kotchman recorded her seventh 20-point scoring performance of the season by finishing Saturday’s game with 20 on 9-of-22 from the field. Fairmont State (8-12, 5-9) also got 17 points, six rebounds, four blocks and three steals from Rachel Laskody, and 12 points from Kamrin Weimer.

In addition to Brown’s big day, the Hilltoppers also got 16 points on a 4-of-6 from behind the arc from Morgan Brunner. Brunner recorded four of West Liberty’s six 3-pointers in the game. Audrey Tingle had eight points and seven assists.

Charleston 73, Notre Dame 63

A late run by Charleston secured a 73-63 road victory for the Golden Eagles over Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon.  The Falcons led 55-51 early in the fourth quarter before a jumper by Gracie Roberts led to a 10-0 run for Charleston over the next five minutes of play.

With 1:50 on the clock, Jessie Stout’s bucket for the Falcons put Notre Dame within three (63-60) but the Golden Eagles took advantage of free throw opportunities down the stretch to pull away 69-60 with less than a minute to go before securing the 73-63 win.

Anna Hayton scored 19 points and tallied eight rebounds in the win for Charleston (17-3, 12-2).  Raziyah Farrington followed with 14 points while Dionna Sanders drained 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.  Roberts and Madison Jones each chipped in 10 points for the Golden Eagles. Charleston shot 55% from the floor in the win.

Abi Oriti paced Notre Dame (11-9, 8-6) with 12 points and five rebounds.  Seina Adachi netted 11 points with Stout adding seven points and seven boards.

Glenville State 95, UVa-Wise 59

Glenville State led wire-to-wire while picking up its ninth straight win in a 95-59 victory over UVa-Wise on Saturday afternoon.  The Pioneers outscored the Cavaliers 56-35 in the paint while scoring 43 points off of turnovers.

Re’Shawna Stone drained 20 points with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the win for Glenville state (18-2, 13-1).  Ty Armstrong netted 15 with three steals and three assists while Donasja Scott followed with 11 points and six boards.  Emily Stoller chipped in 10 points with Courtney Davis notching nine and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Ada Stanley led the effort for UVa-Wise (9-11, 7-7) with 20 points.  Cynita Webb chipped in 10 in the setback while Ashley Cullen tallied a team-high eight rebounds.

Concord 76, West Virginia Wesleyan 67

After trailing early, Concord closed out the first quarter with a 13-2 run and never looked back in a 76-67 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday in Rockefeller Gymnasium.  The Mountain Lions built their lead to as many as 23 points and shot 52% from the floor in the win while holding the Bobcats to 36% from the floor (27-76).

Andreanna Pool scored a game-high 21 points for Concord (16-4, 11-3) with nine assists.  Riley Fitzwater chipped in 16 points with 15 rebounds and three blocks while Madison May added 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists for the Mountain Lions.  Maggie Guynn notched 10 points in the win.

Nicole Gilyard netted 14 points with six rebounds for West Virginia Wesleyan (4-13, 4-10).  Alexa Szelong followed with 11 points and nine boards with Summer Matlack and Victoria Jackson each chipping in 10 points. Jackson added six rebounds in the setback.

Shepherd 79, Wheeling Jesuit 65

Shepherd led for the entire second half on its way to a 79-65 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday afternoon.  The Rams shot 56% from the floor over the course of the contest with the Cardinals shooting 40% on the day. 

Kayla Tibbs and Kari Lankford each had 19 points for Shepherd (11-9, 8-6).  Lankford notched nine rebounds and six assists with five steals for the Rams.  Sydney Clayton chipped in 14 points followed by Liz Moormann with 10 points and five rebounds. 

Lauren Lipscomb paced the Cardinals with 17 points and five rebounds. Taliah Cashwell scored 13 points for Wheeling Jesuit (3-17, 1-13) and Khira Burton chipped in 12 with five assists.

Urbana 82, West Virginia State 72

Urbana outscored West Virginia State 24-11 in the third quarter and scored 23 points off of turnovers to secure an 82-72 win on Saturday afternoon in the Grimes Center.

West Virginia State carried a 40-33 lead into the halftime break and pulled away 48-37 with 6:41 left in the third.  Down but not out, the Blue Knights clawed their way back with a 14-1 run over the next four minutes of play and would lead for the rest of the way.

Charity Shears scored 17 for West Virginia State (4-16, 3-11) with six rebounds.  Lyrin Hatcher, Jordan Miller, and Anesha Harmon all chipped in 12 points for the Yellow Jackets with Hatcher hauling in 12 rebounds.

Sylvia Hudson netted a game-high 23 points with 11 rebounds for Urbana (2-16, 2-12).  Nikki Current added 21 points followed by Kami McEldowney and Bailey Draughn with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

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West Virginia State 108, Notre Dame 106

West Virginia State stormed back from a 27-point deficit to stun Notre Dame, 108-106, on Wednesday night at the Walker Convocation Center.

Notre Dame led 46-19 at the 8:19 mark in the first half and was ahead by 16 at the half at 58-42. NDC shot 57 percent from the field and hit eight three-pointers in the first 20 minutes of play. The Falcons continued to remain in control early in the second half before the Yellow Jackets mounted a 15-4 run to make it a three-point game at 85-82 with still 10 minutes to play.

NDC held on to a narrow lead and went ahead 101-96 with 3:07 to play after a Will Vorhees layup, but the Yellow Jackets scored the next nine points in the game with Pat Johnson-Agwu scoring the first six and Garrett McCarty capping the run with a three to put WVSU in front at 105-101 with :41 seconds left. Notre Dame got a three-point play from Larenz Thomas, but Johnson-Agwu answered on the other end with a slam dunk. NDC made a pair of free throws and Johnson-Agwu made 1-of-2 from the line with 3.2 seconds left to make it a two-point game. Notre Dame’s final attempt would not go down, though, securing the dramatic WVSU victory.

West Virginia State shot 63 percent from the field and hit nine three-pointers in the final 20 minutes.

Johnson-Agwu was 14-of-16 from the field and 13-of-21 from the free throw line to finish with 41 points for WVSU (10-9, 7-6). He also had seven rebounds, three steals and three assists on the night. Jeremiah Moore scored 20 and McCarty finished with 13. West Virginia State’s bench scored 45 points on the night compared to just seven for Notre Dame.

Notre Dame (13-6, 9-4) got a 32-point, 11-rebound, 5-assist performance from Vorhees. Thurman tossed in 26 and Halil Parks chipped in 19.

Concord 93, Glenville State 90

Concord withstood a late push from Glenville State and downed the Pioneers, 93-90, on Wednesday night at the Carter Center.

The Mountain Lions poured in 53 points in the first half making 56 percent from the field and draining nine three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. CU led by 15 with just over six minutes to play before the Pioneers trimmed the lead to 93-90 with 1:15 to play. Concord got a pair of offensive rebounds but no points until ultimately Glenville State got the ball back on a rebound. Tommy Bolte sealed the game, though, with a steal and a dunk in the final seconds.

Jair Rodgers led CU (14-5, 9-4) with 23 points and four rebounds. David Mulumba contributed 20 points, while Bolte had 19 points to go with five assists. Malik Johnson came off the bench to add 15 for the Mountain Lions.

Jamal Pollydore poured in 29 points for Glenville State (7-12, 2-11). Phil Bledsoe had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Elisha Mayberry scored 17.

UVa-WIse 85, West Virginia Wesleyan 79

UVa-Wise outscored West Virginia Wesleyan 19-4 in the final six minutes of regulation to rally for an 85-79 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday night at the Prior Center.

The Cavs trailed by nine at 75-66 with 6:41 to go, but immediately went on a 9-0 run to tie the game up. WVWC took the lead back momentarily with a free throw, but Briggs Parris drilled a pair of three-pointers to give UVa-Wise a lead it would not relinquish. The Cavs allowed just one field goal down in the final six minutes of play.

Parris finished with a game-high 22 points to help UVa-Wise improve to 6-12 overall and 4-9 in conference play. Eric Okenchi had 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Cameron Whiteside added 15 points for the winners. UVa-Wise shot 61 percent from the field and was +9 in rebounding on the night.

Dusan Vicentic had 21 points for West Virginia Wesleyan (8-11, 5-8). Clay Todd added 15 more for the Bobcats. WVWC hit 18 three-pointers in the game.

#8 West Liberty 84, Shepherd 76

Eighth-ranked West Liberty held off Shepherd, 84-76, on Wednesday night at the Butcher Center.

The two teams were tied at 35-35 at the break, and after Shepherd took the lead at 49-48 with just under 15 minutes to play, West Liberty slowly built a nine-point lead over the next eight minutes of game action. WLU was 8-for-11 from the field during that stretch and hit four three-pointers, while Shepherd was just 4-of-10 without a three and committed three turnovers. Shepherd was able to get to within two at 78-76 in the final minute of the game, but Luke Dyer made a pair and then Shepherd was unable to get a basket on the other end as the Hilltoppers held on for the win.

Dalton Bolon tallied a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Hilltoppers (16-2, 12-1). Yahel Hill added 14 and Marlon Moore Jr. added 12 more off the bench.

Shepherd (10-9, 6-7) was led by 18 points from Derek McKnight. Maliq Sanders had 14 points and Thomas Lang contributed 13.

Fairmont State 88, Wheeling Jesuit 64

Fairmont State pulled away from Wheeling Jesuit in the final 10 minutes of the second half to pick up an 88-64 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday night at Joe Retton Arena.

Fairmont State led by just two with 10:47 to go at 54-52, but the Falcons scored the game’s next nine points and would ultimately rip off a 23-3 run over the next six minutes to seize control of the game.

Vonte Montgomery had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Falcons (15-4, 12-1). Jason Jolly, Kenzie Melko and Cole VonHandorf each had 12.

Wheeling Jesuit (2-17, 1-12) received 17 points, six rebounds and four assists from DeAndre Robinson. Jay Gentry scored 12 and Steve Cannady finished with 10 for the Cardinals.

Charleston 87, Urbana 58

Six Charleston players reached double figures as the Golden Eagles rolled to an 87-58 win over Urbana on Wednesday night at the Wehrle Innovation Center on Wednesday night.

UC (13-6, 8-5) shot a scorching 65 percent in the first half to build a 45-30 lead. The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting 57 percent and out-rebounded Urbana 35-26 for the game. Josh Floyd had a game-high 19 points for UC, followed by 17 from Seth O’Neal, 14 from Devon Robinson, 13 from Adam Treore, 11 from Drew Rackley and 10 from Lamont McManus.

Ethan Snapp scored 12 points to lead Urbana (5-12, 3-10). Jordan Bradley added 10 more for the Blue Knights.

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Glenville State 117, Concord 107

Glenville State orchestrated a 22-8 run during a five-minute span late in the fourth quarter before securing a 117-107 win over Concord on Wednesday evening. The Pioneers held a narrow 91-90 lead with 6:29 left in the game when Emily Stoller drained a three-pointer to spark the scoring streak.

Glenville State carried a 58-49 advantage into the halftime break but Concord opened the third quarter with a 9-4 run to cut the deficit. Madison May’s layup at the 4:51 mark knotted the score 70-70 (the fifth tie of the contest), before Re’Shawna Stone’s bucket on the Pioneers’ next possession gave Glenville State the lead for good.

Concord (15-4, 11-2) shot 61% from the floor in the loss. May scored a game-high 30 points with nine rebounds and four assists. Riley Fitzwater scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds for the Mountain Lions while Andreanna Pool also had 22 points for Concord. Boothe and Maggie Guynn both notched 11 points apiece with Boothe tallying eight rebounds and eight assists.

Donasja Scott paced Glenville State (17-2, 12-1) with 23 points in the win. Stoller chipped in 22 points and five rebounds. Ty Armstrong scored 14 with Stone notching 10 for the Pioneers.

Notre Dame 77, West Virginia State 61

After trailing in the first five minutes of play, Notre Dame closed out the first quarter with a 17-4 run and never looked back in a 77-61 win over West Virginia State on Wednesday evening.

The Falcons scored 24 points off of turnovers over the course of the evening while holding the Yellow Jackets to a 29% shooting percentage in the game.

Lyrin Hatcher paced West Virginia State (4-15, 3-10) with 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Jordan Miller added 13 points with Charity Shears and Payton Shears scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Ajia McIntyre scored a game-high 15 points for Notre Dame (11-8, 8-5). Seina Adachi scored 14 and Kyleigh Ramlow netted 11 points. Katie Karalic followed with 10 while Jessie Stout scored eight and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Falcons.

West Liberty 79, Shepherd 61

West Liberty picked up a 79-61 road win over Shepherd behind Taylor Johnson’s 25 points on Wednesday evening in the Butcher Center.

The Hilltoppers trailed 20-19 at the end of the first quarter but held the Rams to nine points in the second to take a 37-29 lead into the halftime break. West Liberty maintained a lead of eight or more points for the remainder of the contest, building its lead to as many as 24 points late in the fourth quarter.

Johnson notched four rebounds and five assists along with a game-high 25 points for West Liberty (12-7, 9-4). Morgan Brunner chipped in 17 points with Audrey Tingle and Brandi Beader adding 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Sydney Clayton paced Shepherd (10-9, 7-6) with 18 points in the setback. Kayla Tibbs followed with 14. Marley McLaughlin scored eight points with seven rebounds and Kari Lankford had six boards and 10 assists for the Rams.

Charleston 92, Urbana 63

Brooklyn Pannell poured in 33 points as Charleston ran away with a 92-63 win over Urbana on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles capitalized on a 14-2 run at the end of the first quarter and led by 14 or more points for the remainder of the game.

The Golden Eagles shot 57% from the floor in the win while scoring 35 points off of 19 Urbana turnovers. In addition to Pannell’s 33 points, Raziyah Farrington scored 19 with 6 rebounds for Charleston (16-13, 11-2). Dionna Sanders scored 13 points with seven boards while Gracie Roberts added 11 in the win.

Sylvia Hudson led the effort for Urbana (1-16, 1-12) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Megan Beachy added 12 for the Blue Knights in the setback.

UVa-Wise 73, West Virginia Wesleyan 54

UVa-Wise overcame eight lead changes and four ties in the first half to pick up a 73-54 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday in the Prior Center.

After holding a narrow 33-31 lead at the halftime break, UVa-Wise scored eight unanswered points at the start of the third quarter and led by six or more points for the remainder of the contest. The Cavaliers outscored the Bobcats 40-16 in the paint.

Abi Gabauer and Brittany Stawovy both scored 10 points each for West Virginia Wesleyan (4-12, 4-9). Nicole Gilyard grabbed 10 boards for the Bobcats in the loss.

Janice Ladson netted 15 points for UVa-Wise (9-10, 7-6). Ada Stanley chipped in 13 points with Cynita Webb scoring 12 and notching 14 rebounds.

Fairmont State 84, Wheeling Jesuit 56

Fairmont State led wire-to-wire and held Wheeling Jesuit to six points in the first quarter on its way to an 84-56 win in Joe Retton Arena.

The Falcons shot 50% from the floor over the course of the contest. Rachel Laskody drained a game-high 27 points with 11 rebounds for Fairmont State (8-11, 5-8). Sierra Kotchman scored 14 and Brooke Kurucz chipped in 12 in the win.

Chenelle Moore paced Wheeling Jesuit (3-16, 1-12) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Lauren Lipsomb netted 11 points with five boards.

CBS Refuses to Air Medical Pot Ad During Super Bowl

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Even John Boehner’s backing apparently wasn’t enough to convince CBS to accept a medical marijuana ad during the Super Bowl. Acreage Holdings, the cannabis company for which the former House speaker is a board member, says it sent the network a rough outline of the proposed commercial and was rejected, Bloomberg reports. The company tells USA Today the network responded simply, “CBS will not be accepting any ads for medical marijuana at this time.“ The 60-second spot called for medical marijuana to be legalized; though it is legal in many states, cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, which makes it difficult for scientists to research the medical properties of the drug and, sometimes, for patients to access the drug.

“It’s hard to compete with the amount of attention something gets when it airs during the Super Bowl,“ says the president of Acreage, George Allen. The ad was an attempt to “create an advocacy campaign for constituents who are being lost in the dialogue.“ It featured a veteran with combat injuries, a child who suffers from seizures, and a man who was on opioids for 15 years following three back surgeries, all of whom say medical marijuana has helped them. A CBS rep told USA Today that current CBS broadcast standards do not allow the network to accept cannabis-related advertising, and Variety notes that is the case at most US TV networks. Acreage plans to post the ad online at some point.

Saints Fans Sue, Want Do-Over of Controversial Game

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The New Orleans Saints are probably still smarting over what has been called “the worst no-call in NFL history”—and their fans definitely are. Two of those fans, season ticket holders Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert, have filed a lawsuit the AP calls “the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass.“ They want a judge to order NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to do something about Sunday’s NFC championship game, in which the officials’ failure to call pass interference during a crucial play may have helped the Los Angeles Rams win, sending them to the Super Bowl. The suit cites Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 in the NFL rulebook, the Houston Chronicle reports; the gist of the rule is that the commissioner can reverse the result of a game or reschedule a game (or a portion thereof) due to “extraordinarily unfair acts.“ More on the suit, and other fallout from the game:

  • Attorney Frank D’Amico, who filed the suit on behalf of Badeaux and Lambert, wants to basically go back to the moment after he believes pass interference should have been called; he’s asking for the final 1:49 of the game to be replayed, with the score tied at 20 and the Saints with the ball and a first down. Had that happened Sunday, fans believe the Saints could have run down the clock and then won the game with a field goal. But the former vice president of officiating for the NFL tells the AP he doesn’t believe the rule cited in the lawsuit applies in this case. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for Monday, six days before the Super Bowl.
  • Even if nothing can be done to reverse the outcome this time, two sources tell the AP the NFL will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference. “Considering the current climate after what happened in New Orleans, yes, that’s something the committee once again will strongly look at,“ says one. “It gets talked about each year, but it’s not been something the ownership or the league has gone for.“
  • Maybe the referees just need their vision checked? Multiple practitioners are offering NFL officials free eye exams, KTRK reports. “In light of the atrocious lack of calls during the New Orleans Saints game we would like to extend free eye exams and glasses to any NFL referee in need. You know who you are,“ tweeted Crystal Vision Center. And Louisiana Family Eye Care posted on Facebook, “After having time to consider things we will GLADLY provide no cost eye exams to all NFL officials prior to next season to prevent the atrocity that occurred tonight. We would hate for someone else to feel our pain. #eyeexamsforallNFLofficials.“

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