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MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (January 26, 2019)

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Concord 83, UVa-Wise 82

Tommy Bolte scored 11 of Concord’s final 14 points to help the Mountain Lions hold off UVa-Wise, 83-82, on Saturday night at the Carter Center.

Concord improved to 12-5 overall and 8-4 in the MEC. UVa-Wise dropped to 5-12 overall and 3-9 in conference play.

Trailing by three with just over five minutes to play, Bolte hit a three to tie it up. He then scored six of the game’s next nine points—UVa-Wise’s Briggs Parris hit a three during that stretch—to give Concord the 78-75 lead. UVa-Wise stayed close and was within a point, but it was Jair Rodgers who perhaps made the biggest basket of the night drilling a three with just under a minute to play to make it a four-point game. UVa-Wise’s Kaeleb Carter answered with a three on the other end, and after a Concord miss, UVa-Wise had a chance to win the game in the final seconds. The Cavs got the ball in the paint after a contested shot in the paint would not fall, the put-back on the weak side would not go and Concord held on for the win.

Bolte backed up his 65-point night on Wednesday with 33 more on Saturday night. He also had five assists. Rodgers hit five three-pointers on the night and finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Trey Brisco contributed 12 points.

Carter was 7-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-8 from deep, to lead UVa-Wise with 21 points. Eric Okenchi scored 18 points, while Parris chipped in 16. Rahji Langford had a team-high eight rebounds and seven assists.


West Virginia Wesleyan 94, Glenville State 83

West Virginia Wesleyan shot 62 percent from the field as it cruised to a 94-83 win over Glenville State on Saturday night at the Rockefeller Center.

The Bobcats (8-10, 5-7) made 38-of-61 from the field and tallied an assist on 33 of its field goals. WVWC also knocked down 16 three-pointers in the game.

Clay Todd led the way with 20 points for WVWC. Luca Petrovic scored 18 points to go with 12 assists and five steals. Frank Brondsted netted 16, while Dusan Vicentic had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Kalin Johnson had 24 points and Phil Bledsoe notched 23 for Glenville State (7-11, 2-10).


Notre Dame 100, Urbana 72

Larenz Thurman poured in 31 and Will Vorhees scored 28 as Notre Dame rolled to a 100-72 win against Urbana on Saturday afternoon at Murphy Gymnasium.

Thurman was 10-of-15 from the field, including 8-of-11 from behind the arc. In addition to his 27 points, Vorhees had 11 rebounds on the night and went over 1,000 for his career. He became the first MEC athlete to have over 2,000 points (2,296) and 1,000 rebounds (1,001). Bruce Hodges contributed 11 rebounds and nine assist on the night.

Notre Dame (13-5, 9-3) shot 55 percent from the field in the game and had a 52-24 advantage in rebounds.

Malik Jacobs poured in 26 for Urbana (5-11, 3-9). Datrey Long added 15 points.


Charleston 92, West Virginia State 80

Charleston used an 18-6 run early in the second half to pull away from West Virginia State and pick up a 92-80 win over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon at the Wehrle Center.

With the game tied at 48-48 with just under 15 minutes to play, UC went made seven of its next eight shots over the next six minutes to build a 12-point lead. West Virginia State, meanwhile, was just 2-of-10 from the field during that stretch. Charleston finished the game shooting 55 percent from the field, including 59 percent in the second half.

UC had five players reach double figures on the day led by Drew Rackley’s 21. Rackley also had nine rebounds. Josh Floyd had 18, Adam Traore had 17, Devon Robinson scored 15 and Lamont McManus chipped in with 14.

West Virginia State was led by Pat Johnson-Agwu’s 19 points and 12 rebounds. Gus Stone added 18 more for the Yellow Jackets.


Fairmont State 73, Shepherd 66

Jason Jolly’s contested 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining lifted Fairmont State to a 73-66 victory over Shepherd on Saturday afternoon at the Butcher Center.

The win helps Fairmont State improve to 14-4 overall and 11-1 in Mountain East Conference play. Shepherd falls to 10-8 overall and 6-6 in the league.

Fairmont State and Shepherd battled through six lead changes and six ties before the Falcons outscored Shepherd 7-0 in the final 24 seconds of regulation to pick up the road win.

With the game tied at 62-62 at the 2:28 mark following an 8-0 run by Shepherd, Fairmont State’s Troy Cantrell dropped in layups on back-to-back possessions to put the Falcons back in front by four (66-62) with 1:17 remaining.

SU tied the game once again at the 43-second mark following a layup by Winston Burgess and a pair of free throws by Derek McKnight.

On the ensuing offensive possession for Fairmont State, Jolly brought the ball up court and launched a contested, crossover three that he buried to give the Falcons the lead for good with just 24 seconds remaining.

Following a Fairmont State timeout, Vonte Montgomery forced a steal for the Falcons on the defensive end that allowed Jolly to push Fairmont’s lead to five following a pair of free throws. With under 10 seconds remaining, Kenzie Melko-Marshall forced another SU turnover and took the ball the length of the court for the slam dunk for the 73-66 final..

Montgomery led the way for the Falcons with 20 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Melko added 16 points and Jolly filled the stat sheet with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Cantrell also chipped in eight points off the bench, including two crucial layups in the final two minutes of the second half.

Thomas Lang and Winston Burgess led the Rams on the offensive end with 18 points apiece. Derek McKnight also added 17 for Shepherd.


#8 West Liberty 118, Wheeling Jesuit 74

Eighth-ranked West Liberty shot 60 percent from the field and had seven players score in double figures in 118-74 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday night at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers (15-2, 11-2) made 39-of-65 from the field and hit 16 three-pointers in the win. WLU also had a 41-28 advantage on the glass and a 33-17 margin in points off of turnovers.

Dalton Bolon had 23 points and five rebounds to lead West Liberty. Brady Arnold scored 16 points, Eric Meininger and Ariel Watson each had 14 points, while Keegan Saben netted 12 points. Tyler Primmer and Eric French each contributed 12 points in the win.

Steve Cannady had 13 points for Wheeling Jesuit (2-15, 1-11). Brendan Hoban added 12 and DeAndre Robinson scored 11.

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Concord 73, UVa-Wise 67

Concord withstood a fourth quarter rally from UVa-Wise and held off the Cavaliers, 73-67, on Saturday afternoon at the Carter Center.

The Mountain Lions had a 13-point lead at 62-49 with 7:53 to go after a three from Andreanna Pool. The Cavaliers, though, ripped off a 14-0 run over the next 3:43 to take the lead at 63-62 with just over three minutes to play. A layup by Madison May and a three from Pool gave CU back the lead, and the Mountain Lions would do enough at the free throw line to hold on for the win.

Concord (14-3, 10-2) was led by 19 points and 13 rebounds from Riley Fitzwater. Pool finished with 17 points and four assists, while May added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Kalee Johnson had 17 points off the bench for UVa-WIse (8-10, 6-6. Webb had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Hanna Oliver scored 12 points.


Glenville State 109, West Virginia Wesleyan 68

Emily Stoller scored 22 points and Re’Shawna Stone added 21 as Glenville State rolled to a 109-68 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

The Pioneers (16-2, 11-) shot 46 percent from the field and out-rebounded West Virginia Wesleyan (4-11, 4-8) by 20 in the game. GSC also forced 21 turnovers and committed just eight.

Stone added seven assists and four rebounds in the win. Zakiyah Winfield and Donasja Scott each netted 13 points.

Nicole Gilyard tossed in 18 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists for the Bobcats. Carrie Barnett added 12.


Notre Dame 81, Urbana 62

Notre Dame pulled away from Urbana in the second half to take an 81-62 win over the Blue Knights on Saturday afternoon at Murphy Gymnasium.

The Falcons improved to 10-8 overall and 7-5 in the MEC. Urbana dropped to 1-15 overall and 1-11 in conference play.

Notre Dame held a 52-25 advantage on the glass, including 16-3 margin on the offensive glass. The Falcons also were +26 in points in the paint.

Jessie Stout had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for NDC. Katie Karalic also had 14 points.

Megan Beachy hit six three-pointers to finish with 18 points for Urbana. Sylvia Hudson contributed 17 points.


Charleston 92, West Virginia State 64

Anna Hayton scored 27 and Raziyah Farrington netted 26 as Charleston cruised past West Virginia State, 92-64, on Saturday afternoon at the Wehrle Center.

Charleston snapped a two-game losing streak to move to 15-3 overall and 10-2 in the MEC. West Virginia State moved to 4-14 overall and 3-9 in the conference.

UC shot 60 percent from the field in the win and had a 42-29 advantage on the glass. Hayton was 11-of-16 from the field and had 11 rebounds for a double-double. Farrington was 12-of-14 from the floor to go with six rebounds and five assists. Dionna Sanders scored 15 and Brooklyn Pannell had 14. Gracie Roberts dished out a game-high 10 assists.

Anesha Harmon scored 14 points to lead West Virginia State. Jordan Miller had 11 and Lyrin Hatcher netted 10.


Shepherd 72, Fairmont State 64

Shepherd held off a late push by Fairmont State and held on for a 72-64 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Butcher Center on the campus of Shepherd University.
With the victory, Shepherd improves to 10-8 overall and 7-5 in Mountain East Conference play. The Falcons slipped to 7-11 overall and 4-8 in the league.
Fairmont State threatened Shepherd down the stretch by using an 10-3 over a three minute stretch to cut the Rams lead to just five (66-62) with just over two minutes to play, but Shepherd outscored Fairmont State 6-2 in the final stretch to close out the Ram victory. Lankford went 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 1:15 of play to help SU hold off the Falcons.
Shepherd held a 37-26 rebounding advantage, including a 14-4 margin, in the victory. Lankford paced the Rams with 18 points, nine assists and six steals, and Sydney Clayton added a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards. Lauren Reed also chipped in 16 points off the bench and Kayla Tibbs added 12 for the Rams.

Brooke Kurucz led the Falcon offense with 19 points on 8-of-13 from the field. Kamrin Weimer (11) and Rachel Laskody (10) also reached double-figures for the Falcons.


West Liberty 77, Wheeling Jesuit 49

Taylor Johnson scored a game-high 29 points and West Liberty controlled the second half in a 77-49 victory against Wheeling Jesuit at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers (11-7, 8-4) held the Cardinals (3-15, 1-11) to just 19 points over the final 20 minutes.  The Hilltoppers held the Cardinals to just 27 percent shooting (18-of-66) on the night and just 22 percent (7-of-31) in the second half.

West Liberty led virtually wire-to-wire but couldn’t but couldn’t pull away in the first two quarters and settled for a 35-30 lead at the break.

That changed quickly when play resumed as Johnson capped a 13-2 blitz with a fast-break layup and a transition 3-pointer – both on assists from sophomore guard Audrey Tingle – to help WLU open up a 49-35 lead midway through the third quarter. The Hilltoppers closed the quarter on an 11-0 run to carry a 63-40 lead into the fourth quarter. Johnson – who had scored 16 of her 29 points during the third quarter – opened the final 10 minutes with her fifth 3-pointer of the night and West Liberty coasted home.

Johnson’s 29 points came on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and 5-of-8 shooting from the 3-point arc but she had plenty of support.

Tingle made a run at a triple-double with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists while Olivia Belknap added 10 points. Senior post Marissa Brown was held scoreless for the first time in her career by an array of double- and triple-teams but made her presence felt with 17 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Chenelle Moore led WJU with 18 points and 17 rebounds while Khira Burton added a dozen points.

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Concord 99, Charleston 96 (2OT)

Tommy Bolte exploded for 65 points to lead Concord to a 99-96 win in double overtime over Charleston on Wednesday night at the Wehrle Center.

Bolte’s 65 points broke his own MEC record of 51 that he set in last year’s MEC Tournament. It was also the 14th-most points in NCAA Division II history and the most since 1977.

He was 25-of-42 from the field and made just three from behind the arc. He was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Bolte also pulled down eight rebounds.

In the first overtime period, Concord (11-5, 7-4) had to rally down four in the final 30 seconds after Drew Rackley’s layup made it 84-80. Bolte made two free throws and then stole the inbounds pass and fed Malik Johnson who laid it in to send the game into a second overtime.

The two teams traded threes in the second overtime, but Bolte gave CU a four-point lead with hitting a pair of free throws and another shot in the paint. Rackley made two for Charleston to cut the deficit in half, but Bolte delivered a deep three to push the lead back to five. Concord went 6-for-6 from the line in the final 12 seconds to withstand Charleston’s last efforts.

Simun Kovac added a double-double for CU with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jair Rodgers chipped in 10.

Rackley, Lamont McManus and Josh Floyd all scored 23 points for Charleston (11-6,  6-5). Devon Robinson pulled down 12 rebounds.


Fairmont State 95, Glenville State 90

Fairmont State pulled out a 95-90 win over Glenville State on Wednesday night at the Waco Center.

Glenville State finished a fast-paced first half ahead 52-49 behind 22 points from Phil Bledsoe. The Falcons regained the lead after a Jason Jolly three with 16:59 to go, and the two teams remained close the rest of the way. A three-pointer by Vonte Montgomery put Fairmont State up 91-85 with just a minute to play, but Glenville State scored the next five points to pull to within a point. After Jolly made 1-of-2 from the line, GSC’s three-point attempt to take the lead would not go down, and Montgomery grabbed the rebound and sank his free throws, ending any hope for the Pioneers.

Jolly finished the game with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting that included eight three-pointers. Montgomery had a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Kenzie Melko and Andrew Emrick each netted 14 points as FSU improved to 13-4 overall and 10-1 in the league. Fairmont State hit 16 three-pointers in the game

Bledsoe’s 33 points led all scorers for Glenville State (7-10, 2-9). Jamal Pollydore contributed 14 points and Howard Smith added 11.


West Virginia Wesleyan 75, Shepherd 66

West Virginia Wesleyan pulled away from Shepherd midway through the second half to record a 75-66 win over Shepherd on Wednesday night at the Rockefeller Center.

The Bobcats improved to 7-10 overall and 4-7 in the MEC. Shepherd fell to 10-7 overall and 6-5 in the league.

Shepherd led 51-47 with 12:12 left in the game, but WVWC ripped off 18 of the game’s next 21 points in the next 5:19 to surge into the lead and go on to the win. WVWC shot 54 percent from the field in the game making 27-of-50. The Bobcats also drained 12 three-pointers and had just 10 turnovers in 40 minutes.

Fred Brondsted had 18 points to lead the way for the Bobcats, while Duscan Vicentic had 14 points and nine rebounds. Clay Todd and Daylin Lee each had 13 points.

Thomas Lang had 22 points and four steals for the Rams. Winston Burgess tossed in 13 points and Kyle Daggett had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


West Virginia State 87, UVa-Wise 79

West Virginia State handed UVa-Wise an 87-79 defeat on Wednesday night at the Walker Convocation Center.

The Yellow Jackets improved to 9-8 overall and 6-5 in conference play. UVa-Wise moved to 5-11 overall and 3-8 in the MEC.

Ernest Jenkins scored 20 points and had four assists for West Virginia State. Gus Stone had 15 points, Jeremiah Moore had 14 and Isaiah Noel chipped in 12 points and six rebounds.

Parris Briggs hit seven three-pointers on his way to a game-high 29 points. Cameron Whiteside added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kaeleb Carter had 12 points for the Cavs.


No. 8 West Liberty 91, Urbana 78

Eighth-ranked West Liberty never trailed on Wednesday night in easing to a 91-78 victory against Urbana at the Grimes Center.

Eric Meininger had a huge night for WLU pumping in 21 of his career-high 26 points after intermission. The Hilltoppers’ lone senior starter was a blistering 8-of-9 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe on the night while also knocking down both of his 3-point attempts.

While West Liberty led virtually wire-to-wire and maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half, Urbana was able to keep things close for the first 20 minutes. Meininger finished off an assist from Luke Dyer to give WLU its largest lead of the opening half, 37-28, with just under three minutes left in the period and the Hilltoppers settled for a 41-35 advantage at the break.

Meininger picked up where he had left off when play resumed, scoring nine points in the first four minutes of the second half to help West Liberty open up a 52-40 lead and the hosts never threatened again.

Freshman guard Will Yoakum backed Meininger with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and four more Hilltoppers finished with eight points each in a typically balanced attack.

Ethan Snapp paced Urbana with 17 points while Jordan Bradley and Malik Jacobs added 15 each in a losing cause.


Notre Dame 95, Wheeling Jesuit 76

Will Vorhees poured in 41 points to lead Notre Dame to a 95-76 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

Vorhees was 15-of-23 from the field and made 4-of-9 from deep. Halil Parks added 20 points to help NDC improve to 12-5 overall and 8-3 in the MEC. Drew Scarberry sank six three-pointers to account for his 18 points.

Frank Kamgain and DeAndre Robinson each had 13 points for Wheeling Jesuit (2-15, 1-10). Tariq Woody and Zach Collins each chipped in 10.

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Concord 77, Charleston 71 (OT)

Concord erased a seven-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime and prevailed in the extra session, 77-71, on Wednesday night at the Wehrle Innovation Center.

Concord moved into a tie for second place with Charleston as the Mountain Lions improved to 13-3 overall and 9-2 in the league. The Mountain Lions have won a league-best eight-straight games. UC slipped to 14-3 overall and 9-2 in the MEC after a second-straight loss.

Trailing 61-54 with 7:54 left in the game after a Raziyah Farrington three-pointer, Concord managed to hold the home team scoreless the rest of the way and battled back to force overtime. With the game tied 61-61 in the final seconds, CU forced an overtime and had a look at the game-winner, but Adreanna Pool’s jumper at the horn couldn’t connect forcing overtime.

The Mountain Lions continued their momentum in the overtime session scoring the first six points to surge ahead. Charleston’s first points in 10 minutes of game action came on a Farrington jumper, but Concord had the answer and would not allow the Golden Eagles to get any closer than four the rest of the way.

Concord’s ability to get to the line was key in the victory as the Mountain Lions knocked down 29-of-38, compared to 13-of-15 for Charleston. CU’s defense also held UC three field goals in the final 12:34 of game action.

Maddison May paced CU with 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Riley Fitzwater had 14 points, six rebounds and five blocks, and Maggie Guynn chipped in 13 points.


West Liberty 80, Urbana 71

Taylor Johnson’s 34 points helped lead West Liberty to an 80-71 win over Urbana on Wednesday night at the Grimes Center.

The Hilltoppers (10-7, 7-4) broke a 27-27 tie late in the second quarter and then never trailed in the second half in the victory. Johnson played a major role in holding the Blue Knights at bay down the stretch, exploding for 22 of her 34 points over the final two quarters. The 5-9 backcourter went 13-of-22 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the foul line to set a new career high. Brunner added 13 points and Olivia Belknap checked in with 11 lightings.

Senior pivot Marissa Brown was held to a season-low 7 points but worked the glass at both ends of the court for a game-high 14 rebounds.

Urbana (1-14, 1-10) center Sylvia Hudson had a strong game for the hosts with 29 points on 13-of-19 shooting to go along with 5 steals and 4 blocks while teammate Erin Morris just missed a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds.


Glenville State 99, Fairmont State 69

Glenville State avenged its only conference loss of the season with a 30-point victory over Fairmont State, 99-69, on Wednesday night at the Waco Center.

Fairmont State led 29-26 with under four minutes to play in the half, but Glenville State closed the half on a 14-1 run to take control of the game. The Pioneers were 5-for-6 from the field during that stretch and Emily Stoller and Donasja Scott each scored five to spark the run. GSC extended its lead to double digits early in the third quarter to cruise to the win.

The Pioneers forced 29 turnovers in the game and had a 26-7 advantage in points off turnovers. GSC also was +20 on the glass on the night.

Emily Stoller finished with 21 points to help Glenville State improve to 15-2 overall and take sole possession of first place in the MEC with a 10-1 mark. Scott, Re’Shawna Stone and Zakiyah Winfield each added 16 points. 

Rachel Laskody had 21 points to lead Fairmont State (7-10, 4-7). Brooke Kurucz added 15 points.


UVa-Wise 71, West Virginia State 59

UVa-Wise picked up a 71-59 road win over West Virginia State on Wednesday night at the Walker Convocation Center.

The Cavs (8-9, 6-5) held West Virginia State to just five points in the second quarter to take a 14-point lead into the break. The Yellow Jackets (4-13, 3-8) responded in the third quarter pouring in 26 points and cut UVa-Wise’s lead to just five by the end of the quarter. WVSU would get to within a single possession early in the fourth quarter, but UVa-Wise would not give up the lead and responded with a 16-6 run to put the game out of reach.

Cynita Webb posted a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead UVa-Wise. Hannah Oliver netted 14 points. Ashley Cullen and Ada Stanley each had 10 rebounds. UVa-Wise held West Virginia State to just 27 percent shooting in the game.

Anesha Harmon had 17 points for WVSU. Charity Shears had 10 points and Seirra Womack had nine points and seven assists.


Shepherd 92, West Virginia Wesleyan 66

Kari Lankford recorded her second triple-double of the season to lead Shepherd to a 92-66 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday night at the Rockefeller Center.

Lankford became the first MEC player to have two triple-doubles in the same season. She had 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Kayla Tibbs contributed 21 points and five rebounds and Marley McLaughlin added 14 points.

Shepherd (9-8, 6-5) shot 52 percent from the field and made 26-of-37 from the free throw line in the win.

Nicole Gilyard had 13 points for WVWC (4-10, 4-7). Tyra Hughes scored 11 points and had six rebounds to go with five assists.


Notre Dame 70, Wheeling Jesuit 61

Notre Dame pulled away from Wheeling Jesuit in the second quarter to earn a 70-61 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

Leading 20-16 after the first quarter, NDC held Wheeling Jesuit to just eight points in the second quarter and added 20 more of its own to lead 40-24 at the half. WJU battled back in the second half and eventually trimmed the lead to seven points with under two minutes to play, but could not get any closer.

Notre Dame improved to 9-8 overall and 6-5 in the MEC. Seina Adachi led the Falcons with 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Ajia McIntyre scored 14 and Kyleigh Ramlow tossed in 10.

Chenelle Moore had a game-high 30 points and 16 rebounds for Wheeling Jesuit (3-14, 1-10). Khira Burton notched 17.

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West Liberty 109, Concord 108 (2OT)

West Liberty survived a late rally and two overtime sessions to edge Concord, 109-108, on Saturday afternoon at the ASRC.

A close game throughout, West Liberty took its largest lead of the game at 78-69 with just 3:36 to go after a Dalton Bolon three. Tommy Bolte sparked Concord’s rally scoring 14 of the team’s final 17 points and made a layup at the end of regulation to force overtime.

With West Liberty leading by three with less than 10 seconds left, CU’s Brandon Kennedy hit a three to force a second overtime period. Trailing 105-103 with 2:03 left in the second overtime, Bolte hit a three to put the Mountain Lions up by one. Bolon and Bolte traded made baskets, and Bolon sank a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left for the decisive points. Bolte was called for a charge on CU’s next possession, but he managed to poke the ball loose as West Liberty tried to bring the ball up the court giving Concord one last chance. With under five seconds left, Jair Rodgers took an inbounds pass and made drove through the lane, but his running jumper would not go down.

Bolon led West Liberty (13-2, 9-1) with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Meininger also had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Yahel Hill had 19 points and four assists, while Will Yoakum added 17 points and six rebounds.

Bolte led all players with 41 points for Concord (10-5, 6-4). Bolte scored 29 of his 41 points in the final four minutes of regulation and the two overtime sessions. He also had eight rebounds, six assists and five steals. David Mulumba added 21 points and Rodgers chipped in 15 points.


West Virginia State 78, West Virginia Wesleyan 64

West Virginia State shot a scorching 63 percent in the second half to pick up a 78-64 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Center.

WVSU was a tidy 15-of-24 from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, in the final 20 minutes. The Yellow Jackets also had a 16-2 advantage in points off turnovers in the second half.

Pat Johnson-Agwu had 15 points and eight rebounds as West Virginia State improved to 8-8 on the year and 5-5 in the league. Frank Agyemang and Ernest Jenkins each netted 11 points, and Gus Stone chipped in 10.

WVWC (6-10, 3-7) was led by 18 points and eight rebounds from Luka Petrovic. Clay Todd and Dusan Vicentic each scored 10.


Wheeling Jesuit 78, UVa-Wise 68

Wheeling Jesuit picked up its first Mountain East Conference win of the season with a 78-68 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday afternoon at the McDonough Center.

WJU trailed by a point at the break and continued to trail during the first seven minutes of the second half. Midway through the second half, though, the Cardinals went on a 12-3 run to surge in front, 60-51, with 8:26 to go. UVa-Wise would be able to trim the lead to six with just under a minute to play, but could get no closer.

Wheeling Jesuit (2-14, 1-9) had a 45-36 edge on the glass and shot 45 percent from the field. Emmanuel Ansong led the way for Cardinals with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Steve Cannady and Frank Kamgain each had 17 points and Tariq Woody chipped in 13 points.

Michal Seals had 14 points and six rebounds for UVa-Wise (5-10, 3-7). Briggs Paris also notched 14 points.


Shepherd 78, Urbana 66

Shepherd used a big second half to get past Urbana, 78-66, on Saturday afternoon at the Butcher Center.

The Rams trailed by four at the break, 35-31, but managed to pull even in what would be a back-and-forth affair for most of the second half. A three-point play for Datrey Long put Urbana up 53-52 with 9:08 to play, but Shepherd answered with seven-straight points to go ahead in the game for good. Jon Preston hit a three and made a layup, while Winston Burgess added a jumper during that stretch for the Rams. The Blue Knights remained within striking distance, but only managed two field goals in the final three minutes of regulation stalling their rally.

Burgess finished with 27 points for Shepherd (10-6, 6-4). Thomas Lang added 20 more for the Rams.

Matt Treacy went for 21 points for Urbana (5-9, 3-7). Long netted 13 points for the Blue Knights.


Charleston 99, Glenville State 81

Charleston erased a six-point halftime deficit and rolled to a 99-81 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center.

Charleston shot 63 percent from the field in the second half and controlled the glass, 20-12. UC used a 15-5 run over a four-minute span midway through the second half to break open a tie game. The Golden Eagles would be able to hold on to that margin for most of the rest of the way before a late burst extended the final margin.

Drew Rackley went for 30 points as Charleston improved to 11-5 overall and 6-4 in the MEC. Lamont McManus netted 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Devon Robinson had a game-high 14 rebounds and five assists to go with four points. Seth O’Neal chipped in 12 points.

Jamal Pollydore scored a game-high 31 points for Glenville State (7-9, 2-8). Kalin Johnson added 21 points.


Fairmont State 97, Notre Dame 86

Fairmont State buried 17 three-pointers and shot nearly 56 percent from the field in a 97-86 Mountain East Conference victory over Notre Dame College on Saturday evening at Joe Retton Arena.

With the victory, Fairmont State remains atop the league standings at 12-4 overall and 9-1 in MEC play. Notre Dame College falls to 11-5 overall and 7-3 in league play.

Each of Fairmont State’s starters reached double-figures in the victory, led by Jason Jolly with 27 points, four rebounds and five assists. Jolly went 9-of-17 from the field and 6-of-12 from three in the win. Kenzie Melko-Marshall had 24 points, five rebounds and four assists. Vonte Montgomery also recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Cole VonHandorf and R.J. Hutcherson chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Falcons.

Larenz Thurman scored a game-high 31 points on 10-of-16 from the field and 6-of-10 from three in the setback. Will Vorhees also chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds, and Bruce Hodges tallied 16 points and eight boards. Drew Scarberry also came off the bench and score 14 for NDC.

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Glenville State 88, #20 Charleston 78

Glenville State moved into a tie for first place in the Mountain East Conference with an 88-78 win over No. 20 Charleston on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center.

The Pioneers (14-2, 9-1) led by five heading into the fourth quarter, but Charleston (14-2, 9-1) scored the first seven points of the quarter to take the lead back. The game would remain within a single possession until GSC went on a 10-2 run to grab a 70-63 lead with just over four minutes remaining. UC would get as close as four with 2:06 remaining, but the Pioneers would go 11-for-12 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.

Charleston committed just 15 turnovers against Glenville State’s pressure and shot 49 percent from the field, but struggled from the free throw line (13-of-23) and made just 1-of-7 from three-point range. GSC was 25-of-27 from the free throw line and made seven threes on the night.

Donasja Scott led a balanced GSC effort with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Emily Stoller added 17 points, Re’Shawna Stone chipped in 15 points and Ty Armstrong had 14 points.

Raziyah Farrington led all scorers with 33 points shooting 14-of-21 from the field while also recording six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Dionna Sanders registered a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds.


Concord 94, West Liberty 84

Concord knocked off West Liberty, 94-84, to earn a key Mountain East Conference road win on Saturday afternoon at the ASRC.

Concord (12-3, 8-2) held a 50-37 advantage on the glass and took advantage of 41 trips to the free throw line making 27. Madison May’s 29 points and nine rebounds helped key the Mountain Lions to the victory. Riley Fitzwater scored 10 points and pulled down 17 rebounds and added five blocks. Emily Boothe was 8-of-10 from the field and finished with 19 points.

Marissa Brown’s 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks were not enough for the ‘Toppers (9-7, 6-4) in the loss. Morgan Brunner added 17 points off the bench and Audrey Tingle had 10 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.


Fairmont State 87, Notre Dame 59

Fairmont State used a strong second quarter and closed out Notre Dame in the fourth to take an 87-59 win on Saturday afternoon at Joe Retton Arena. FSU broke a 17-17 first quarter tie by outscoring Notre Dame 29-15 in the second quarter and then had 14-point advantage in the fourth quarter to account for the 28-point margin.

With the victory, their second in a row, the Falcons improved to 7-9 overall and 4-6 in Mountain East Conference play. NDC fell to .500 at 8-8 overall and 5-5 in league play.

Sierra Kotchman finished the afternoon with 27 points, four rebounds and five assists, shooting 7-of-12 from behind the arc. Rachel Laskody also chipped in 20 points and nine rebounds, shooting 9-of-10 from the field. Kamrin Weimer also tallied 14 points, while Brooke Kurucz stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Jessie Stout paced Notre Dame on the offensive end with 17 points to go with a game-high 14 rebounds. Stout shot 8-of-10 from the field. Seina Adachi also reached double figures for NDC with 15.


UVa-Wise 81, Wheeling Jesuit 61

UVa-Wise cruised to an 81-61 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday afternoon at the McDonough Center.

The Cavs (7-9, 5-5) shot 48 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Cardinals, 50-33, on the day.

Kalee Johnson led UVa-Wise with 16 points and six rebounds. Adalmaryz Gomez had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Mackenzie King scored 13 points and Ada Stanley scored 10 points and had five rebounds.

Chenelle Moore scored a game-high 22 points and had 13 rebounds and four steals for the Cardinals (3-13, 1-9).


West Virginia Wesleyan 67, West Virginia State 61

West Virginia Wesleyan built a 13-point lead at halftime and held off West Virginia State, 67-61, on Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Center.

WVWC overcame an early 9-0 deficit and managed to take a 36-23 lead at the break. The Bobcats would stretch the lead to as many as 17 in the third quarter, but the Yellow Jackets battled all the way back and took the lead at 61-60 on an Alexandra Jackson free throw with 2:50 to go. Wesleyan got three offensive rebounds on its next possession and Brittany Stawovy eventually buried a jumper to put the Bobcats back in front. After the two teams traded possessions, Abi Gabauer extended WVWC’s lead to three at 64-61 with under 40 seconds left. The Yellow Jackets could not get a three to go down on its next possession, and WVWC made its free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Alexa Sizelong finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats (4-9, 4-6). Stawovy contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and four steals. WVWC was +10 on the glass, forced the Yellow Jackets into 24 turnovers and made 16-of-19 from the free throw line.

Charity Shears had 12 points to lead WVSU (4-12, 3-7). Lyrin Hatcher chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds.


Shepherd 78, Urbana 66

Shepherd’s 35 points in the first quarter sparked the Rams to a 78-66 win over Urbana on Saturday afternoon at the Butcher Center.

Shepherd was 12-of-15 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the first quarter. Urbana would get to within four late in the third quarter, but the Rams were able to get the last points of the third quarter and the first in the fourth to maintain a comfortable lead.

Sydney Clayton’s 22 points and 12 rebounds paced Shepherd (8-8, 5-5) on the night. Kayla Tibbs notched 20 points, while Kari Lankford and Marley McLaughlin each contributed 10.

Urbana (1-13, 1-9) was led by 21 points from Sylvia Hudson. Nikki Current scored 13 and Kami McEldowney tossed in 11.

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Urbana 78, Fairmont State 76

Urbana handed Fairmont State its first MEC loss of the season in a 78-76 decision on Thursday night in Joe Retton Arena. The Blue Knights shot 55% from the floor in the win and trailed just once over the course of the competition.

The Blue Knights raced to a 12-2 lead at the start of the first half. The Falcons fought back to tie the score 22-22 with 6:58 to play before an 11-3 run by Urbana left Fairmont State trailing 33-25 with 3:29 left before halftime.

Urbana maintained a 39-33 advantage by the end of the first half and Matt Treacy’s three-pointer and layup sent the Blue Knights ahead 44-33 early in the second. Fairmont State would tie the score 55-55 with 8:31 left in the game but Urbana answered with a 10-1 run and held the Falcons at-bay for the remainder of the contest.

Treacy drained 33 points for Urbana (5-8, 3-6) and had five rebounds in the win. Malik Jacobs notched 16 points and had eight boards to aid the effort.

Kenzie Melko paced Fairmont State (11-4, 8-1) with 25 points. Vonte Montgomery scored 20 points and notched eight rebounds with Jason Jolly recording 15 points in the setback.


No. 9 West Liberty 108, UVa-Wise 93

No. 9 West Liberty ran away with a 108-93 win over UVa-Wise on Thursday evening. The Hilltoppers fought to establish a narrow 16-13 lead with 13:13 left in the first half before a 16-2 run shifted the momentum in favor of West Liberty. After leading 57-36 at halftime, the Hilltoppers led by nine or more points for the entire second half before securing the win.

West Liberty scored 25 points off of turnovers and used its bench to account for 44 of the team’s points.

Will Yoakum scored 20 points for West Liberty (12-2, 8-1). Eric Meininger tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds and Evan French scored 12 while Dalton Bolon, Luke Dyer, and Yahel Hill all netted 10 points for the Hilltoppers.

Briggs Parris led UVa-Wise (5-9, 3-6) with 23 points followed by Michal Seals with 17. Chance Sheffey added 14, Tajh Eason scored 12, and Eric Okenchi and Rajhi Langford added 11 and 10 points, respectively.


Notre Dame 87, Shepherd 78

Notre Dame pulled away late in the first half to take a 45-34 advantage into the halftime break and never looked back on its way to an 87-78 win over Shepherd on Thursday in the Butcher Center. The Falcons shot 53% from the floor in the win and led by as many as 22 points before earning the victory. The Rams shot 38% over the course of the evening.

Will Vorhees led all players in the game with 38 points and 14 rebounds for Notre Dame (11-4, 6-3). Larenz Thurman added 23 points with Isaiah Sanders netting 11 for the Falcons.

Jon Preston led the effort for Shepherd (9-6, 5-4) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Thomas Lang scored 16 with Derek McKnight and Devin Smith notching 13 and 10 points, respectively. Winston Burgess tallied eight points and eight rebounds in the setback.


Charleston 76, West Virginia Wesleyan 67

Charleston overcame five times and six lead changes to pick up a 76-67 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 10-4 lead early in the first half and held off a late run by the Bobcats to take a 32-26 lead into the halftime break.

With the score tied 46-46 and 10:35 left to play, layups by Devon Robinson and Lamont McManus would give the Golden Eagles the lead for good.

Robinson scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for Charleston (10-5, 5-4). Josh Floyd added 20 points and Drew Rackley scored 16 to aid the effort.

Dusan Vicentic led West Virginia Wesleyan (6-9, 3-6) with 20 points with Clay Todd and Daylin Lee both scoring 10 for the Bobcats.


West Virginia State 104, Glenville State 93

Pat Johnson-Agwu poured in 30 points and West Virginia State shot 51% from the floor in a 104-93 win over Glenville State on Thursday. The Pioneers had five players score double-digit points over the course of the contest and led wire-to-wire.

In addition to Johnson-Agwu’s 30 points, Gus Stone score 20 with Ernest Jenkins, Jeremiah Moore, and Frank Agyemang scoring 10 points each for West Virginia State (7-8, 4-5). James Hagins grabbed 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets with Agyemang tallying seven.

Phil Bledsoe paced the Pioneers with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jamal Pollydore drained 18 points for Glenville State (7-8, 2-7) with Kalin Johnson and Howard Smith both scoring 17.


Concord 88, Wheeling Jesuit 68

Concord built a commanding 50-25 lead by the end of the first half and never looked back on its way to an 88-68 win on Thursday evening. The Mountain Lions built their lead to as many as 35 points in the second half before securing the win.

Wheeling Jesuit opened the game with a narrow 7-5 lead before Concord responded with a 12-0 run to pull away by double-digit points. The Cardinals were unable to recover from the early deficit in the first half and trailed by 20 or more points through the duration of the contest.

Jair Rodgers scored 26 points for Concord (10-4, 6-3) with David Mulumba recording 20 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Kennedy added 14 points for the Mountain Lions and Jafar Musa tallied 10 boards in the win.

DeAndre Robinson paced Wheeling Jesuit (1-14, 0-9) with 24 points in the loss. Franck Kamgain added 11 for the Cardinals.

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West Liberty 78, UVa-Wise 73

West Liberty survived 14 lead changes and six ties on its way to a 78-73 win over UVa-Wise on Thursday. The Hilltoppers scored 32 points off of turnovers over the course of the contest.

West Liberty led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter (29-19) before Cynita Webb’s jumper sparked a 10-0 run for UVa-Wise. With the score tied 35-35 and one minute on the clock, a free throw by Mackenzie King sent the Cavaliers ahead by one at the halftime break.

Both teams fought to gain the momentum in the third quarter. Back-to-back three-pointers by Morgan Brunner gave the Hilltoppers a 49-46 edge at the 2:38 mark, propelling West Liberty to a 56-51 advantage heading into the final quarter.

UVa-Wise held a 68-66 lead with 4:25 left in the game before the Hilltoppers used an 8-0 run to take the lead for good.

Marissa Brown led all players in the contest with 29 points and 13 rebounds for West Liberty (9-6, 6-3). Brunner netted 19 in the win with Audrey Tingle and Brandi Beader notching 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Ada Stanley drained 25 points with eight rebounds for UVa-Wise (6-9, 4-5). Webb added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers with Hanna Oliver adding 12 points in the setback.


Shepherd 82, Notre Dame 81

Kari Lankford’s late jumper pushed Shepherd past Notre Dame 82-81 on Thursday evening. The Rams held an 80-77 advantage with 1:37 left on the clock before Tamia Ridley’s layup put the Falcons within one. With six seconds to go, Kyleigh Ramlow hit a jumper for Notre Dame but Shepherd had the last word with Lankford’s late bucket securing the win.

Notre Dame headed into the halftime break trailing 39-38 and fell behind by as many as seven points (54-47) by the midway point of the third quarter. With the score tied 60-60 at the end of the third, the Falcons clawed their way to a 71-66 advantage with 6:10 left to play before a 4-0 run by the Rams shifted the momentum. Shepherd pulled away 79-75 by the 2:13 mark before Notre Dame made its last surge down the final stretch.

The Rams shot 52% from the floor in the win. Kayla Tibbs scored 24 points for Shepherd (7-8, 4-5) with Sydney Clayton adding 21 points and seven rebounds. Hannah Myers netted 12 points with eight boards while Lankford scored 11 points and tallied 11 assists.

Seina Adachi paced Notre Dame (8-7, 5-4) with 26 points in the setback. Ajia McIntyre added 14 points in the loss. Ramlow scored 12 points and Jessie Stout added 11 points and eight rebounds.


Fairmont State 89, Urbana 84

Sierra Kotchman scored 27 points and Rachel Laskody recorded a double-double to propel Fairmont State to an 89-84 win over Urbana on Thursday in Joe Retton Arena. The Falcons shot 48% from the floor in the victory and overcame four ties and two lead changes over the course of the contest.

Fairmont State closed out the first quarter with a 9-2 run to take a 26-19 lead into the second. The Falcons pulled away by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before heading into halftime with a 43-37 edge.

Urbana trailed 65-52 heading into the last ten minutes of play but managed to pull and stay within single digits during the last 7:32 of the contest.

The Blue Knights had six players score double-digit points in the setback. Sa’Dera Johnson scored 19 points followed by Erin Morrow with 15 points and seven rebounds. Sylvia Hudson netted 13 with 10 boards while Nikki Current, Megan Beachy, and Bailey Draughn all scored 11 for Urbana (1-12, 1-8). Draughn also had 12 rebounds in the loss.

In addition to Kotchman’s 27, Laskody tallied 20 points and 14 rebounds for Fairmont State (6-9, 3-6). Kamrin Weimer followed with 14 points and Brooke Kurucz chipped in 12 points and six rebounds.


Charleston 79, West Virginia Wesleyan 36

Charleston held West Virginia Wesleyan to nine points in the first quarter and two points in the second to run away with a 79-36 win on Thursday evening. The Golden Eagles scored 32 points off of turnovers in the win while shooting 58% from the floor.

Brooklyn Pannell scored 24 points and had four steals for Charleston (14-1, 9-0) with Raziyah Farrington and Mackenzie Loos adding 18 and 10 points, respectively. Anna Hayton grabbed 11 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

Abi Gabauer paced West Virginia Wesleyan (3-9, 3-6) with 10 points.


Glenville State 109, West Virginia State 79

Glenville State shot 50% from the floor and had five players score double-digit points in a 109-79 win over West Virginia State on Thursday in the Walker Convocation Center.

With the scored tied 7-7 and 6:38 left in the first quarter, Abby Stoller hit a layup for the Pioneers, which sparked a 22-2 run for Glenville State over the next five minutes of play. A three-pointer by West Virginia State’s Amari Grace at the start of the second quarter cut the deficit to nine (29-20) but would not get closer as Glenville State took a commanding 61-36 lead into the halftime break. The Pioneers led by as many as 34 points before closing out the game with the 109-79 win.

Ty Armstrong paced Glenville State (13-2, 8-1) with 21 points in the win. Donasja Scott followed with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Abby Stoller chipped in 19 points with Re’Shawn Stone and Emily Stoller adding 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Charity Shears led the effort for West Virginia State (4-11, 3-6) with 12 points in the setback. Grace scored 11 points with eight rebounds with Jordan Miller and Anna Ross both chipping in 10. Lyrin Hatcher recorded a team-high nine rebounds in the loss.


Concord 90, Wheeling Jesuit 51

Concord led wire-to-wire in a 90-51 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday. The Mountain Lions raced to a 25-8 lead in the first quarter and shot 59% from the floor on their way to the win.

The Cardinals scored 20 points off of turnovers in the setback but shot 26% on the evening.

Andreanna Pool and Riley Fitzwater both scored 21 points for Concord (11-3, 7-2). Fitzwater tallied eight rebounds and five blocks while Pool dished out six assists in the win. Madison May and Maggie Guynn both chipped in 12 points.

Khira Burton scored a team-high 14 points for Wheeling Jesuit (3-12, 1-8) followed by Chenelle Moore with 11 points and 12 boards.

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Urbana 94, Glenville State 91

Malik Jacobs hit a three-pointer from near the top of the key at the buzzer to give Urbana a 94-91 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at the Grimes Center.

The Pioneers (7-7, 2-6) erased a five-point deficit in the final minute to tie the game at 91-91 with 10 seconds remaining. Jacobs, though, brought the ball down the floor and pulled up from behind the arc and connected from three as time expired for the win.

It was the Blue Knights (4-8, 2-6) who had to rally in the second half after being down by 11, 53-42, with still 16 minutes left to play. A 21-11 spurt from Urbana cut the deficit to just one, and Urbana would eventually go ahead 70-69 after Ethan Snapp hit a three. Neither team would lead by more than five points the rest of the way leading to the game being decided on the final shot.

Jacobs three capped a 26-point night. Snapp added 20 points and Mike Ryan came off the bench to score 12.

Phil Bledsoe scored a game-high 33 points to go with 13 rebounds for Glenville State. Noah Frampton had 16 points and Kalin Johnson scored 13.


Fairmont State 93, Concord 83 (OT)

Fairmont State’s Andrew Emrick’s halfcourt shot at the buzzer forced overtime where the Falcons would prevail, 93-83, over Concord on Saturday afternoon at the Carter Center.

With the win, Fairmont State moved to 11-3 overall and unbeaten in the MEC at 8-0. Concord slipped to 9-4 overall and 503 in the league.

Concord led by six with just over 1:09 left in the game after a three from Jair Rodgers. Cole VonHandorf answered with a three of his own, and Emrick made a layup to get to within a point at 75-74 with just under five seconds remaining. Concord was able to get the ball to Tommy Bolte on the inbounds, and he was fouled immediately and went 2-for-2 from the line with just two seconds left in the game. Emrick gathered the inbounds pass for Fairmont State and took two dribbles over midcourt before burying the long attempt as time expired, sending the game to overtime with a 77-77 deadlock.
The Falcons continued their momentum with the first eight points in overtime and outscored Concord 16-6 in the extra session to pick up the win.

VonHandorff and Vonte Montgomery each had 20 points for FSU, while Emrick finished with 19. Fairmont State shot 50 percent from the field in the win.

Bolte had 36 points for Concord, while Rodgers chipped in 19. David Mulumba added 10 and Simun Kovac pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.


West Virginia State 102, Wheeling Jesuit 89

West Virginia State trailed by two at halftime, but roared back in the second half with 62 points to pick up a 102-89 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday afternoon at the Walker Convocation Center.

WVSU went on a 10-0 run at the 16:06 mark to break a 52-52 tie and take control of the game. The Cardinals pulled to within six at 79-73 with just under eight minutes to play, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 12-3 run to essentially put the game away.

Pat Johnson-Agwu had 25 points to lead West Virginia State (6-8, 3-5).

DeAndre Robinson scored 16 for Wheeling Jesuit (1-13, 0-8) and Jeremiah April had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


West Liberty 98, Charleston 89

No. 12 West Liberty held off Charleston in the second half and earned a 98-89 win over the Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

The Hilltoppers (11-2, 7-1) led by 11 at the break and seemed poised to run away with the game, but Charleston (9-5, 4-4) pulled to within one at 74-73 with under seven minutes to play. WLU responded with a 14-2 run over the game’s next three minutes to pull away for the win.

Both teams shot well from the field with West Liberty connecting on 57 percent from the field and Charleston making 52 percent of its shots. UC had a 30-26 advantage on the glass but turned the ball over twice as much as West Liberty, 20-10.

Dalton Bolon pumped in 25 points for West Liberty. Marlon Moore added 17 points off the bench for the Hilltoppers, while Yahel Hill notched 19.

Drew Rackley led UC with 28 points. Adam Traore scored 16 points and Lamont McManus added 15.


Shepherd 80, UVa-Wise 79

Thomas Lang’s jumper with 11 seconds left lifted Shepherd to a 80-79 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday afternoon at the Prior Center.

After the game was tied for the 13th time at 73-73 with 3:21 to go, UVa-Wise surged ahead 77-73 and held the four-point lead at 79-75 with just over a minute to play. Lang hit a three to pull the Rams within one, and then a missed shot by the Cavs on the other end gave the Rams the ball back. Lang started at the right wing and drove hard into the middle of the lane where he pulled up and hit a twisting jumper for the go-ahead basket. Michal Seals drove the ball just outside the lane, but his fade away jumper fell just short allowing the Rams to hold on.

Lang went for 36 on the night to lead Shepherd (9-5, 5-3). Derek McKnight added 17 for the Rams.

Seals had 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for UVa-Wise. Jordan Pointer came off the bench to score 14 points.


Notre Dame 73, West Virginia Wesleyan 61

Notre Dame used a strong second half to down West Virginia Wesleyan, 73-61, on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats (6-8, 3-5) led by as many as 11 in the first half before settling for a five-point lead at the break, 32-27. WVWC pushed its lead back into double digits early in the second half before the Falcons rallied. A 22-10 run over seven minutes capped by a Drew Scarberry three put NDC back in front with 11:40 remaining in the game, and the Falcons would not trail the rest of the way.

Will Vorhees notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Notre Dame (10-4, 6-2). Scareberry hit four threes in the game and finished with 15 points. Isaiah Sanders and Larenz Thurman each scored 11. Notre Dame managed a 43-18 advantage in rebounds in the game.

Clay Todd and Luka Petrovic each scored 13 points for WVWC.

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