Glenville, WV – The Glenville State men’s basketball team hung on to a 96-95 victory over the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears Tuesday night in front of a packed Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium.
The Golden Bears got out to a quick 9-6 lead early in the first half, but their lead didn’t last for long as Jamel Morris hit a deep three pointer to knot the game at 9 all.
West Virginia Tech would then build a 17-11 lead at the 15:04 mark as they went on a six point run.
GSC would come right back and once again tie the game at 26 all with 7:39 left to play in the first half.
The Pioneers would then find their offense as they would go on a six point run of their own as they took a 43-37 lead into halftime.
Early in the second half it was all GSC as they would build an 18 point lead, 72-54 with 11:28 left to play in the game.
But the Golden Bears would make a run and pull within two points, 95-93 with only 12 seconds left.
After a foul by West Virginia Tech, DJ Blanks would hit one of two free throws as the Pioneers held on to a three point lead, 96-93 with 9 seconds left.
The Golden Bears would have one last chance but a missed three pointer by Eddie Gordon, but West Virginia Tech would get the put back for two points as the clock expired as the Pioneers hung on for a 96-95 victory.
The Pioneers scored 19 second chance points. They also scored 41 points in the paint.
GSC also out scored the Golden Bears in fast break points as the Pioneers scored 15 to Tech’s 6 points. The Pioneers bench outscored the Golden Bears bench 22 to 8.
The Pioneers had four players score in double figures with Jamel Morris leading the way with 27 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Kevin Gray scored 21 points as he drilled seven three pointers. Lamar Mallory posted a double double as he scored 18 points and grabbed a game high 12 rebounds. Also for GSC DJ Blanks chipped in with 11 points and handed out a game high seven assists.
The Golden Bears were led by David Rawlinson as he scored a game high 34 points.
Kornilous Donnell posted a double double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Terrale Clark also posted a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The victory improves the Pioneers record to 2-1 in the early season. They return to action next Tuesday, November 20th when they open up WVIAC Conference play as Wheeling Jesuit travels to Glenville. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm.