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MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (December 05, 2018)

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Concord 101, Glenville State 97

Concord pulled away from Glenville State in the final two minutes of play to come away with a 101-97 win over the Pioneers on Wednesday night.

Glenville State (5-3, 3-2) had its largest lead of the game at 33-23 with just under 10 minutes left in the first half, but Concord (6-2, 4-1) went on a 26-12 surge to take a 49-45 lead into the locker room. CU stretched its lead to 10 early in the second half, but Glenville State battled back and knotted the game at 68-68 with still 11:54 left.

Neither team would take more than a two-possesion lead until late in the second half. Tied 91-91 with just over 2:30 to play, Concord managed a 7-0 run to seize control of the game. Darhius Nunn would hit a pair of threes down the stretch, but Concord would do enough from the free throw line to seal the win.

Tommy Bolte led the way for the Mountain Lions with 39 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jair Rodgers added 25 more and Trey Brisco tossed in 16.

Nunn finished with 27 points and 11 assists for the Pioneers. Jamal Pollydore contributed 23 points, while Phil Bledsoe tallied 15 and a game-high 16 rebounds. Davion Johnson also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.


Fairmont State 95, Wheeling Jesuit 80

Fairmont State controlled the paint as it cruised to a 95-80 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday night at the McDonough Center.

The Fighting Falcons (7-2, 5-0) held a 58-36 advantage in the paint and out-rebounded Wheeling Jesuit (0-8, 0-5) by 15, including 17-8 on the offensive glass. Fairmont State also got 41 points off its bench on the night compared to just four points from non-starters for the Cardinals.

R.J. Hutcherson netted 19 points and had seven rebounds for Fairmont State. Vonte Montgomery added 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds, and Vince Franklin had 17 points and eight rebounds.

Wheeling Jesuit was led by Steve Cannady’s 19 points. Jay Gentry scored 18 and Franck Kamgain added 14. Tariq Woody had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.


West Liberty 96, Shepherd 94

A 16-6 surge to start the second half proved to be key as West Liberty downed Shepherd, 96-94, on Wednesday night at the ASRC.

Trailing 43-41 at the break, Yahel Hill and Dalton Bolon each scored eight points as the Hilltoppers made 6-of-8 from the field to start the second half and grab 57-49 with 17:03 to play. WLU would remain in front the rest of the way, although the Rams would challenge in the final minutes. Shepherd had a chance to tie the game at 92-92, but failed to convert a second free throw with :31 seconds left. Bolon would sink two free throws on the other end to push the cushion to 95-91, and added two more after a Shepherd missed field goal. Shepherd’s Thomas Lang hit a three at the end of regulation for the final 96-94 margin.

Bolon led WLU (7-1, 5-0) with 20 points and had nine rebounds. Will Yoakum added 17, and Hill finished with 16. Eric Meininger had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Primmer came off the bench and added 16 points.

Derek McKnight had 32 points before fouling out to lead Shepherd (5-3, 2-3). Winston Burgess scored 22 and had eight rebounds, and Thomas Lang and Jon Preston each scored 11.

Charleston 81, Urbana 79 | [/documents/2018/12/5//1205UCUU_M.pdf?id=2336]Final Stats
URBANA, Ohio—Charleston withstood a late rally and edged Urbana, 81-79, on Wednesday night at the Grimes Center.

UC led by as many as 18 up 65-47 with less than 10 minutes to play, but Urbana went on an 8-0 run to get back into the game. The Blue Knights would get to within a single possession after a three from Ethan Snapp and then a trio of free throws to make it 79-78 with :21 seconds left. Drew Rackley made a pair of free throws to make it a three-point lead, but Urbana was only able to manage 1-of-2 from the line to make it 81-79. The Blue Knights got the offensive rebound on the missed free throw, but turned the ball over. UU would have one more chance as Charleston missed both of its free throws, but a last-gasp attempt would not go down as UC held on for the win.

Charleston’s Rackley had 22 points and four rebounds. Adam Treore scored 21 points and had six rebounds. Charleston shot 51 percent from the field and had a 48-16 advantage in the paint.

Snapp poured in 36 points for Urbana making six three-pointers and going 14-for-14 from the free throw line. Zach Bates pulled down 10 rebounds.


West Virginia Wesleyan 81, UVa-Wise 69

West Virginia Wesleyan rallied in the second half to get past UVa-Wise, 81-69, on Wednesday night at the Rockefeller Center.

WVWC trailed 33-29 at the break, but shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and hit eight three-pointers in the final 20 minutes.

Fred Brondsted paced West Virginia Wesleyan (4-4, 2-3) with 22 points and eight rebounds. Dusan Vicentic scored 16 points and Clay Todd had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in the win.

Eric Okenchi had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds for UVa-Wise (4-5, 2-3). Michal Seals scored 16 points and had six assists.


Notre Dame 95, West Virginia State 84

Larenz Thurman scored 23 and Will Vorhees scored 22 to lead Notre Dame to a 95-84 win over West Virginia State on Wednesday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

Both teams shot well from the field with West Virginia State making 28-of-55 (51 percent), including 11-of-22 (50 percent) from deep. Notre Dame, meanwhile, was 31-of-63 (49 percent) and 15-of-32 (47 percent) from three-point range. The Falcons had a 21-8 advantage in points off of turnovers.

Thurman had 10 assists to go with his 23 points, and Vorhees grabbed 12 rebounds to also register a double-double on the night. Bruce Hodges tossed in 11, and Isaiah Sanders and Angelo Cugini each tallied 10. Notre Dame improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the MEC.

Pat Johnson-Agwu had a game-high 31 points to lead West Virginia State (2-6, 1-4). Glen Abram added 21 for the Yellow Jackets.

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