WLU Downs Glenville St.
GLENVILLE, W.Va. — No. 25-ranked West Liberty scored 15 of the game’s first 21 points and spent the rest of the night pulling away to a 111-80 victory against Glenville State Wednesday at the Waco Center.
Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (19-4, 14-3) took another step closer to a third consecutive Mountain East Conference title by completing the season sweep of the Pioneers (13-10, 10-7).
The victory preserved the Hilltoppers’ two-game lead over their closest pursuers in the MEC chase — Charleston and Fairmont State — with only five games remaining in the regular season.
West Liberty led by as many as 13 points in the first half on Wednesday but Glenville managed to stay within range by draining 11 3-point field goals in the first 20 minutes and trailed 52-43 at the break.
The second half was all Hilltoppers, however, as WLU pushed the lead past the 20-point mark less than eight minutes into the period and never looked back.
Junior guard Dalton Bolon scored 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds and knocked down six 3-point field goals — all game-highs — to lead the visitors. Bolon’s six bonus bombs moved him up to No. 4 on WLU’s all-time list with 264 career 3-pointers.
Sophomore Will Yoakum also had a huge night, pouring in 25 points on a sizzling 11 of 14 shooting from the floor while adding six rebounds and a career-high five steals. All but eight of Yoakum’s 25 points came during the Hilltoppers’ runaway second half.
Pat Robinson added 16 points while Bryce Butler and Marlon Moore Jr. rounded out the double-figure scorers with 14 points each.
West Liberty shot 55 percent from the floor and 47 percent from the 3-point arc on the night while forcing 16 turnovers and amassing a 43-32 edge off the glass.
Hegel Augustin and Steven Verplancken topped Glenville on the night with 22 and 19 points, respectively.
The Hilltoppers will be back in the friendly confines of the ASRC on Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. game against Concord.
ATHENES, W.Va. — Concord shot 67.3 percent from the field to earn a Mountain East Conference victory over Wheeling at the Carter Center. Six Mountain Lions (8-15, 5-12 MEC) scored in double figures as they also shot 65 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
David Mulumba scored 20 points and went 8-for-8 from the field. Brandon Kennedy (16), Ethan Heller also scored 20 points for the Mountain Lions.
Martin Kelly Jr. (14), Trey Brisco (11) and Malik Johnson (10) also scored in double figures.
For the Cardinals (12-9, 9-8 MEC), Jordan Reid tallied 19 points while Emmanuel Ansong netted 17. Jay Gentry and Jarett Haines had 11 points.
Glenville State 119, West Liberty 82
GLENVILLE, W.Va. — The West Liberty University women’s basketball team wasn’t able to cool off a surging Glenville State squad as the Pioneers ran away to a victory at the Waco Center.
Coach Kyle Cooper’s Hilltoppers (9-14, 5-12) were victimized by an early blitz from Glenville State (19-4, 15-2), which shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the first half to take a commanding 65-30 lead at intermission.
Olivia Belknap led the Hilltoppers with a career-high 23 points while Taylor Johnson added 17 tallies. Audrey Tingle chipped in with 13 points while grabbing six rebounds, handing out four assists and coming up with a pair of steals.
The high-powered Pioneers had a trio of players with 20-point nights. Ty Armstrong led all scorers with a game-high 27 points in just 19 minutes of court action while Emily Stoller just missed a double-double with 26 points and nine rebounds. Zakiyah Winfield backed that lethal 1-2 punch with 20 points, five rebounds and rebounds assists.
Concord 88, Wheeling 51
ATHENS, W.Va. — Concord shot over 55 percent from the floor as it secured a victory over Wheeling. The Mountain Lions also shot a blistering 53.3 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
Lily Ritz led the way for the Cardnials (9-14, 8-9 MEC) as she turned in another double-double performance with a team-high 13 points and 16 rebounds. Khira Burto also scored in double figures for Wheeling with 12 points.
For Concord (15-8, 11-6), Riley Fitzwater als ohad a double-double with a game-high 23 points an 17 rebounds. Keely Lundy tallied 18 points, Magie Guynn chipped in 15 and Madison May supplied 10.