Wheeling Jesuit Men Crush Glenville State
WHEELING — The Wheeling Jesuit men scored the final six points of the first half and the first five of the second and suddenly a six-point lead ballooned to 17. That was all she wrote for Glenville State on Tuesday night at the Alma Grace McDonough Center.
Freshman Preston Boswell led six double-figure scorers with a career-high 22 points and the No. 6 Cardinals (13-1 overall, 7-1 Mountain East) ran away from the Pioneers (6-6, 3-5) for a 104-94 victory in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicates because Glenville scored the final 10 points.
”We executed great in the half court,” WJU coach Danny Sancomb said. ”We moved the ball, we shared the ball and we were really hard to guard.
”Defensively they’re really hard to guard. They’ve got a lot of guys that can break down and shoot it well, but I thought we held it together.”
A nearly 30-minute delay for a power outage with the score tied 3-3 was about as close as the Cardinals came to getting slowed down.
In a game that saw seven first-half lead changes, Wheeling Jesuit took control for good on a Kyle Ritz putback that made it 27-26.
Drake Goddard sandwiched a pair of 3s around two Jalon Plummer free throws, but the Cards were off and running.
By the time Ritz tallied two of his 16 — he also had five rebounds and three assists — to close the first half, Wheeling Jesuit led 53-41 despite not receiving a single point from leading scorer Haywood Highsmith who picked up two quick fouls.
But Highsmith didn’t waste any time asserting himself in the second half, as he opened it with a three-point play followed by a Ritz hoop inside. That was all part of a 13-3 run that put the home team comfortably ahead, 66-44.
Boswell drilled two of his four 3-pointers to keep the Pioneers at bay, 89-70. He scored his 22 points on 11 shot attempts.
”Preston offensively is very gifted and he moves without the basketball,” Sancomb said. ”Obviously he gets open, but our guys do a good job finding him when he does get open.
”The shots that he took were wide open, which says a lot about our guys driving and finding him and him running the floor.”
As good as Boswell was, Glenville didn’t have an answer for the Cardinals’ inside game of Highsmith (13 points, nine rebounds, four assists), Ritz and Dom Tham (12 points, five rebounds, three assists). They were getting open and being rewarded with easy baskets all night.
”Dom Tham is a warrior and he’s like a bowling ball out there,” Sancomb said. ”It was tough because Haywood picked up two fouls and played five or six minutes in the first half.
”The great thing about our team this year, is we have other guys who can step in and we don’t lose a lot. He’s hard to replace, don’t get me wrong.”
Pat Moseh added 15 points for Jesuit and Jarin Hilson checked in with 11. Brook Ely paced the Pioneers with 20 while Terry Davis Jr. and Plummer contributed 19 and 15, respectively.