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MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (January 06)

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#4 West Liberty 106, Charleston 80

West Liberty secured its 41st consecutive home win on Saturday with a 106-80 victory over Charleston.  The Hilltoppers opened the game with a 15-4 run and never looked back, using a balanced attack in a dominant performance. 

West Liberty (13-0, 8-0) had 11 players score in the win led by James Griffin with 19 points.  Eric Meininger netted 16 for the Hilltoppers.  Jordan Watson scored 14, Brandon Smith netted 12 and Dan Monteroso chipped in 11 points over the course of the contest.  Tyler Primmer grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Lamont McManus led the effort for Charleston (8-6, 4-4) with 26 points and eight boards.  Shaq Speights netted 12 in the loss.

Notre Dame 79, West Virginia Wesleyan 78

­­West Virginia Wesleyan held a 76-71 lead with just 1:10 left to play before a late rally lifted Notre Dame to a 79-78 win on Saturday. Down by five in the final stretch, the Falcons used two free throws from Angelo Cugini and a three-pointer by Drew Scarberry to knot the score 76-76 with 29 seconds on the clock.

Aaron Ariri answered with a bucket for the Bobcats but a late foul sent Scarberry to the line with three seconds left in the game.  He sunk two of three, pushing the Falcons to victory.

Kyauta Taylor scored a team-high 23 points for Notre Dame (4-10, 2-6).  Scarberry netted 18 with Oliver Megins and Cugini adding 14 and 12 points, respectively.  Cugini pulled down 10 boards for the Falcons.

Dusan Vicentic led all players in the game with 27 points for West Virginia Wesleyan (1-13, 1-7).  Aaron Ariri chipped in 19 points with 11 rebounds while Fred Brondsted scored 11 for the Bobcats in the setback.

Fairmont State 91, Concord 77

Fairmont State led wire-to-wire for the second time in as many outings in a 91-77 win over Concord on Saturday evening.  The Falcons shot 56% from the floor in the victory and led by double-digit points for nearly the entire second half.

Tommy Bolte led the effort for Concord (8-5, 5-3) with 20 points.  Malik Johnson added 12 points and eight rebounds in the setback.

Andrew Emrick poured in 28 points for Fairmont State (10-4, 6-2) followed by D’Ondre Stockman with 20 points.  Caleb Davis scored 14 points and notched eight rebounds with Vonte Montogmery adding 11 over the course of the contest.

Shepherd 85, UVa-Wise 71

Shepherd trailed just once in the contest on its way to an 85-71 victory over UVa-Wise.  The Rams shot 60 percent from the floor in the win.

AJ Carr led the effort for Shepherd (7-6, 3-4) with 21 points and 11 rebounds.  Winston Burgess added 19 in the victory while Steffen Davis and Thomas Lang chipped in 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Yesid-Mosquera-Perea and Michal Seals both netted 17 points for UVa-Wise (6-7, 4-3).  Chance Sheffey drained 16 in the setback.

Urbana 63, Glenville State 57

Urbana held off a late run by Glenville State to take home a 63-57 win over the Pioneers on Saturday evening.  The Blue Knights maintained a 55-45 lead with 5:23 left in the game before a 7-0 run left Urbana clinging to a 55-52 edge.  Glenville State remained within striking distance for the remainder of the contest before Roy Hatchett sunk two free throws for Urbana for the final margin.

Malik Jacobs scored a game-high 25 points for Urbana (3-10, 2-6) with Carlas Jackson adding 10 points and seven boards. AJ Washington pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Blue Knights.

Jon Dunmyer netted 20 points for Glenville State (2-11, 1-7) followed by Darhius Nunn with 14.  Elisha Mayberry notched eight rebounds in the setback.

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