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MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (December 08, 2018)

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Charleston 86, Notre Dame 81 (OT)

Notre Dame’s Drew Scarberry made three free throws at the end of regulation but a late 8-0 run by Charleston in overtime secured an 86-81 win for the Golden Eagles on Saturday.

Charleston led 64-51 with 7:49 left in the game when Will Vorhees hit a layup for Notre Dame, contributing to an 11-0 run by the Falcons over the next five minutes of play. Clinging to a 64-62 lead with 2:06 on the clock, Adam Traore hit a pair of free throws to give the Golden Eagles some breathing room. Scarberry answered with a three-pointer for the Falcons before Charleston’s Devon Robinson’s layup pushed the Golden Eagles ahead 68-65 with 54 seconds left to play. A Golden Eagle foul sent Scarberry to the line. He made three free throws to send the contest into overtime.

Charleston and Notre Dame exchanged baskets early in the overtime period with neither team leading by more than three points. With the score tied 76-76 and 1:15 left to play, Drew Rackley drained a three-pointer, leading to an 8-0 run by the Golden Eagles. The Falcons were unable to recover from the late run and Isaiah Sanders hit a layup at the buzzer for the final margin (86-81).

Notre Dame (7-3, 4-2) had five players score double-digits in the loss led by Vorhees with 19 points and eight rebounds. Scarberry followed with 18 points with Sanders notching 14. Larenz Thurman scored 12 points for the Falcons while Halil Parks chipped in 11.

Rackley led all players in the game with 23 points for Charleston (7-3, 3-3). Josh Floyd netted 17 points in the win while Robinson and Seth O’Neal chipped in 14 points apiece. Traore and Robinson both tallied seven rebounds on the day with Rackley notching six.


Shepherd 81, Wheeling Jesuit 74

Shepherd shot 54% from the floor and overcame 10 ties and four lead changes in an 81-74 win on Saturday in the Butcher Center. After leading 36-33 at the halftime break, the Rams maintained a narrow 53-52 lead with 11:16 left in the game when Winston Burgess hit a layup, sparking a 10-1 run over the next three minutes of play. Shepherd held on to the momentum and the lead for the remainder of the contest, building its advantage to as many as 13 points before securing the win.

Brendan Hoban scored a team-high 24 points with six rebounds for Wheeling Jesuit (0-9, 0-6). Jay Gentry netted 13 points followed by Franck Kamgain and Steve Cannady with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Burgess netted a game-high 29 points with nine rebounds in the win for Shepherd (6-3, 3-3). Thomas Lang added 16 points and six boards with Derek McKnight tallying 15 points for the Rams.


UVa-Wise 105, Glenville State 82

UVa-Wise led nearly wire-to-wire and Michal Seals recorded a triple-double in a 105-82 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers led 7-6 early in the first half before Seals’ three-pointer sparked a 22-2 run, leaving Glenville State trailing 28-9 with 11:15 left before halftime. UVa-Wise built its advantage to 53-36 by the end of the first half and led by as many as 31 points before securing the win.

Phil Bledsoe paced Glenville State (5-4, 2-4) with 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Howard Smith scored 15 points and Jamal Pollydore chipped in 13 points with seven rebounds. Darhius Nunn and Ty Robinson each added 10 points for the Pioneers.

Seals led the effort for UVa-Wise (5-5,3-3) with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists in his second career triple-double. He is the fourth player in MEC history to achieve the feat. Jordan Pointer added 19 points and 19 boards with Briggs Parris also scoring 19. Kaeleb Carter netted 18 in the win.

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