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No. 19 Wheeling Jesuit 69, Concord 67

Wheeling Jesuit battled through six ties and six lead changes to outlast Concord 69-67 on Thursday in the Carter Center. With the Cardinals trailing 66-65 with 31 seconds left in the game, Pat Moseh hit a jumper to give Wheeling Jesuit the lead for good.

Neither team led by more than seven points over the course of the contest. Concord fought through a competitive first half to pull away 36-29 at the halftime break. The Mountain Lions hung on to the momentum early in the second half before a 10-2 run by the Cardinals capped by a Moseh three-pointer allowed Wheeling Jesuit to take control.

Moseh paced the Cardinals with 18 points in the win. Preston Boswell notched 14 with Haywood Highsmith adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jeremiah Wilson added 12 points and 14 boards for Wheeling Jesuit (12-2, 8-1).

Tommy Bolte tallied 23 points for Concord (8-6, 5-4) in the setback. BJ Hamlett netted 17 with Antonio Patterson recording 13.


No. 3 West Liberty 120, UVa-Wise 85

West Liberty shot 54 percent from the floor and had seven players score double-digit points in a commanding 120-85 win over UVa-Wise on Thursday in the Prior Center. The Hilltoppers scored 17 points off of 14 Cavalier turnovers while notching 23 second chance points. West Liberty’s bench accounted for 56 points in the win.

James Griffin led the effort for West Liberty (14-0, 9-0) with 21 points. Evan French netted 17 with Dan Monteroso and Dalton Bolon each chipping in 16 points. Jordan Watson scored 14 with Tyler Primmer and Eric Meininger adding 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Chance Sheffey scored 22 points for UVa-Wise (6-9, 4-5). Taiwo Badmus added 20 points and 11 boards in the setback with Yesid-Mosquera-Perea adding 15 points for the Cavaliers.


West Virginia Wesleyan 84, Charleston 81

West Virginia Wesleyan survived a late run by Charleston to walk away with an 84-81 win on Thursday evening. The Golden Eagles orchestrated a 19-7 run over a five-minute span late in the second half before Dusan Viventic’s jumper gave the Bobcats the lead for good.

Aaron Ariri paced West Virginia Wesleyan (2-13, 2-7) with 19 points. Vicentic added 18 points and 10 boards with Fred Brondsted adding 14 in the win. Marcus Larsson and Kam Cooper both tallied 13 points for the Bobcats. West Virginia Wesleyan shot 52 percent from the floor in the win. Thursday’s victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Bobcats.

Charleston (8-7, 4-5) was led by Austin Howard with 21 points on the evening. Kier Anderson notched 19 for the Golden Eagles with Shaq Speights netting 13.


Fairmont State 67, Urbana 57

Fairmont State pulled away late in the first half for a 35-28 lead and maintained a comfortable advantage for the remainder of the contest in a 67-57 victory over Urbana on Thursday. The first half featured three ties and 13 lead changes with the Falcons emerging on top of the early battle.

Vonte Montgomery drained 16 points in the win for Fairmont State (11-4, 7-2). Caleb Davis netted 15 for the Falcons while pulling down 14 rebounds while Andrew Emrick notched 12 points.

Abdul Kanu paced Urbana (4-10, 3-6) with 12 points. Malik Jacobs scored 11 for the Blue Knights in the loss with Ethan Snapp chipping in 10. AJ Washington recorded a team-high 11 rebounds.


Shepherd 94, Notre Dame 91

Shepherd carried a narrow 49-48 lead into the halftime break and held off Notre Dame in the second half to secure a 94-91 win on Thursday evening. The Falcons remained within striking distance but had 11 turnovers converted into 18 points over the course of the contest.

Shepherd (9-6, 5-4) had five players score double-digit points in the victory led by Derek McKnight with 23 points. Thomas Lang netted 16 for the Falcons followed by Steffen Davis with 15. Winston Burgess and AJ Carr both tallied 13 points and combined for 13 of the team’s 28 rebounds.

Kyauta Taylor drained a game-high 24 points for Notre Dame (4-11, 2-7) while Levi Frankland scored 18. Halil Parks and Angelo Cugini followed with 14 and 13 points respectively with Oliver Megins netting 12 in the setback.


West Virginia State 89, Glenville State 83

West Virginia State fought back to defeat Glenville State, 89-83, Thursday night at the Waco Center.

West Virginia State (7-7, 5-4) trailed the entire first half and was down by as many as 21 early in the second half. The Yellow Jackets mounted a 19-5 run, though, to pull within five with 10 minutes left in the game. Glenville State (2-12, 1-8) was able to keep the lead for a little longer, but a 9-0 run sparked by six Robert Fomby free throws and a three from Isaiah Noel gave WVSU the lead for good at 76-73 with 4:35 left in the game. The Pioneers were able to get to within a point with a minute left, but Fomby was able to connect on free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

West Virginia State out-rebounded Glenville State 48-34 and held the Pioneers to just 25 percent shooting from the field in the second half.

Fomby finished with 24 points (16-of-19 from the free throw line) and 11 rebounds. Pat Johnson-Agwu added 18 points, while Ernest Jenkins and Isaiah Noel each scored 11.

Darhius Nunn led the Pioneers with 27 points. Jon Dunmyer added 16 and JohnRoutzahn chipped in 15.

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