MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (December 02)

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#7 West Liberty 103, Notre Dame 84

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

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

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

Charleston 78, UVa-Wise 75

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

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

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

Fairmont State 83, West Virginia Wesleyan 77

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

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

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

Both teams shot 50% from the floor.

#9 Wheeling Jesuit 93, Urbana 79

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

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

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

Shepherd 85, Glenville State 68

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

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

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

Concord 96, West Virginia State 87

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

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

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

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