No. 3 West Lib Outguns Concord
ATHENS, W.Va. — Unbeaten and No. 3-ranked West Liberty never trailed Saturday as the Hilltoppers outgunned Concord, 119-110, in Mountain East Conference action at the Carter Center.
Coach Ben Howlett’s league-leading Hilltoppers (15-0, 10-0) led by as many as 23 points in the second half before a late flurry by the Mountain Lions (8-7, 5-5) got the final margin into single digits.
West Liberty was in control, 63-49, at intermission and got a Dalton Bolon 3-pointer and a conventional 3-point play from Dan Monteroso in the opening minute of the second half to push the margin to 69-49.
The Hilltoppers seemed primed for yet another blowout win when Tyler Primmer cashed in a feed from Nate Allen for a 75-53 bulge at 15:17 but Concord — which was coming off a tough 69-67 loss to No. 19 Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday — still had some fight left.
Senior guard B.J. Hamlet answered with one of his career-high 8 3-pointers less than 10 seconds later and the Mountain Lions hit the comeback trail in earnest.
Tommy Bolte, who leads the nation in scoring at 32.3 ppg., hit a layup as the clock ticked past the 10-minute mark to cap a 22-9 Concord surge and trim the deficit to 84-75.
Primmer and Jordan Watson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead back out to 15 points, 90-75. The hosts whittled the lead down to 110-105 with just over a minute to go but West Liberty went 9-of-10 from the line down the stretch to salt the game away.
Bolon poured in a career-high 30 points with five 3-pointers and a team-high five assists to lead the WLU scoring while Monteroso added 28 points and combined with Bolon to go 15-of-18 from the foul line.
Watson chipped in with 15 points with Evan French coming off the bench for a dozen. Primmer had 11 points and James Griffin rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10.
Hamlet led all scorers with 38 points, highlighted by 8-of-13 shooting from the 3-point arc. Held to just two points in the first half, Bolte wound up with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jyles Webster finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Trey Brisco added 12 points in a losing cause.
Wheeling Jesuit 86, UVa.-Wise 72
The Cardinals rode a strong start and hot-long rage shooting in the first half. Wheeling Jesuit held UVa.-Wise at bay in the second half on its way to a victory.
The No. 19 Cardinals (13-2/9-1 Mountain East Conference) went on a 15-5 run early in the first half powered by a pair of Haywood Highsmith deep 3-pointers for a 23-10 lead 9:30 into the contest. WJU added five more treys in the opening 20 minutes for a 12-point halftime lead and never led the Cavaliers (6-10, 4-6) any closer than nine points in the final half.
WJU put five players into double figures led by Highsmith’s 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 4-of-5 from 3-point land. The senior grabbed only six boards, his first time under double digits on the year, and two assists.
Wilson powered his second double-double of 12 rebounds and 10 points on the inside as the Cardinals cleaned the glass, 42-30, over the Cavaliers.
Moseh made another run at a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. He also blocked a pair of home shots.
Goddard drained a trio of treys and added a nice turnaround 15-foot jumper for a season-high 12 points. Boswell made 8 of 10 free throws and finished with 13 points and four assists. Pegram had seven points and Cooper grabbed seven caroms to go with a 3-pointer.
WJU downed 8-of -14 shots from 3-point range in the first half and were 14 of 26 in the game. It also only committed eight turnovers.
Michael Seals hit 9-of-18 attempts for 24 points and assisted on five home buckets to lead UVa.-Wise.
Concord 90, West Liberty 63
ATHENS, W.Va. – A cold second quarter proved too much for the West Liberty University women’s basketball team to overcome here Saturday as Concord handed the Hilltoppers a setback at the Carter Center.
Coach Kyle Cooper’s Lady Hilltoppers (6-10, 5-5) came out strong, opening up a 14-8 lead midway through the opening quarter, but the Mountain Lions (6-7, 4-6) quickly found the range.
Concord battled back to go up 20-19 at the end of the quarter and held WLU to just two points over the first four minutes of the second frame, stretching the margin to 32-21 on a Lindsey Overbey jumper with 6:24 left before halftime.
After the Mountain Lions carried a 45-29 lead into the locker room at intermission, they scored the first six points of the second half to forge a 51-29 advantage and the Hilltoppers were unable to fight their way back.
Junior post Marissa Brown notched her sixth double-double in the last seven games with 22 points and 11 rebounds to go along with 3 blocked shots. McKenna Shives joined Brown in double-figures with 13 points, 10 of them in the first half.
Madison May led all scorers for Concord with 27 points while Riley Fitzwater just missed a triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.
Wheeling Jesuit 81, OT
WISE– In flurry of the final half minute of regulation, the Cardinals Monica Burns hit two free throws to force overtime. UVa-Wise, though, never trailed in the extra period for the win over Wheeling Jesuit in Mountain East Conference women’s basketball.
The Cardinals (6-10, 4-6) forced three turnovers in the final 35 seconds and had Chenelle Moore make a sweeping layup and Burns free throw pair for the 72-72 tie. After two ties in the first 1:48 of overtime, the Cavaliers (3-12, 2-8) netted the next six points and took the contest from there.
Burns produced her third 20-plus game in a row with a team-high 22 to go with five rebounds and three assists. Mariah Callen joined her with 20 points along with five assists, four steals and three rebounds.
Moore was solid inside with 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting. She made it another double-double with 12 rebounds, while the junior had four assists, a block and a steal.
Lauren Lipscomb chipped in nine points and four rebounds. Cassi Stein had eight points and three rebounds.
The Cardinals hit 4-of-17 from 3-point land in the game. UVa-Wise dominated in bench production, 35-3, and outrebounded the visitors 39-34.
Cynita Webb had a career-high for the Cavaliers with 24 points on 9 of 11 attempts and 11 caroms.
Following a Moore 3-point play to begin the game, UVa-Wise scored the next eight points and led the rest of the opening quarter to a tune of 24-13.
Down 32-23, Lipscomb, Callen and Burns made three-straight layups to cut the deficit to 32-29 midway through the second. The Cavaliers took a 41-35 intermission advantage.
Callen and Moore help cut the margin to two, 41-39, at 8:53 in the third. Burns completed a 9-0 Cards run to edge ahead 46-45. UVa-Wise answered with the next seven points to make it 52-46 and led 54-48 at the end of the stanza.
UVa-Wise held a 10-point lead, 65-55, with four minutes left, before WJU made its late charge.