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Hilltoppers Cruise by Battlers, 123-73

PHILIPPI — The No. 8-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team hit the accelerator early and kept the hammer down the rest of the way in hammering Alderson Broaddus, 123-73, Sunday afternoon at Rex Pyles Arena.

Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (2-0, 2-0) forced 23 turnovers and shot better than 60 percent from the floor in the second half in handing the Battlers (1-1, 1-1) their first loss of the season.

West Liberty’s full-court pressure defense helped the visitors take command early. The Hilltoppers forced 11 Alderson Broaddus turnovers in the game’s first 10 minutes, turning many of those miscues into instant points in transition.

An Owen Hazelbaker 3-pointer opened up a 37-16 WLU lead at 10:02 of the opening half and the Black and Gold roared into intermission with a 65-29 advantage.

Although Howlett had been substituting frequently since the opening minutes, the hits kept right on coming when play resumed. West Liberty hit the century mark on a Will Yoakum putback to make it 100-58 with 9:45 still to play and coasted the rest of the way.

Six Hilltoppers reached double figures in their typically balanced attack. Will Yoakum led the way with a game-high 20 points while Dalton Bolon had his second straight double-double with 18 points and a game-high 11 boards. Pat Robinson III matched Bolon with 18 points with Malik McKinney adding 13 off the bench. Marlon Moore Jr. just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds while true freshman Zach Rasile drained four 3-pointers and finished with 13 points.

WOMEN

Alderson Broaddus 73 West Liberty 66

PHILIPPI — The West Liberty University women’s basketball team led most of the way Sunday but a fourth-quarter dry spell proved fatal as Alderson Broaddus rallied to a Mountain East Conference win at Rex Pyles Arena.

Coach Kyle Cooper’s Hilltoppers (0-2, 0-2) led by as many as 13 points until the waning minutes but hit just two shots from the floor in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter as the host Battlers (1-1, 1-1) fought their way back into the contest.

Alderson Broaddus didn’t take its first lead of the game until 5:51 of the final frame when Yolanda Florido splashed home a pair of free throws for a 55-53 advantage.

Audrey Tingle put West Liberty back on top with a driving layup and a pair of foul tosses but the Battlers got back-to-back baskets from Shay Harper and Hannah Henderson for a 59-57 lead as the clock ticked under four minutes and AB never trailed again.

Tingle had another strong game at the point with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists — all game highs. Fellow guard Olivia Belknap shared game scoring honors with 17 points while Linday Humbel contributed 10 points off the bench.

Iyahanna Williams paced Alderson Broaddus with 14 points and six rebounds.

Notre Dame College 76, Wheeling 65

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — A late surge by Notre Dame helped it deal Wheeling a loss inside the Murphy Gymnasium.

Junior forward Lilly Ritz led the Cardinals with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while adding four blocks. Freshman guard Shanley Woods added 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting from long range, while sophomore guard Emily Holzopfel chipped in 11 in the loss.

Wheeling trailed 65-61 after a basket by senior Tori Harrison with just under seven minutes left in the game. Notre Dame controlled the closing minutes of the contest, out-scoring the Cardinals 11-4 down the stretch to secure the win.

For the game, the Cardinals shot 24 of 46 from the field. The Falcons were 28 of 64, but converted 8 of 13 attempts in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Notre Dame’s Marina Adachi finished with 20 points, including a 6-of-10 showing from three-point range, to lead the Falcons.

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