Marcus Tullis scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the #4-seeded Pitt Johnstown to a 93-85 victory over #5-seeded Glenville State College in Thursday’s WVIAC Quarterfinals in Charleston, WV. Pitt-Johnstown, 22-7, will take on #9-seeded Wheeling Jesuit University, which upset top-seeded West Virginia State University, in Friday’s semifinals at 8:30 p.m.
Pitt-Johnstown climbed out to a 16-10 lead at 12:47 on Danny Branch’s three-pointer from the top of the key, but Glenville State answered quickly with a 9-2 run over the next 1:31 to take a 20-19 lead. Marcus Tullis netted two of his first half 16 points to put the Mountain Cats back into the lead 24-23. However, the Pionners evetually buillt a 37-32 lead on Chase Groves’ drive and layup with 2:54 to play, before going into the halftime break leading Pitt-Johnstown, 37-35.
The Mountain Cats outscored Glenville State 6-2 to start the second half and regain the lead 41-39 on a pair of Matt Ionadi free-throws at 17:37. Pitt-Johnstown pushed the lead out to 52-46, before an 11-5 Pioneers’ run knotted the score at 57 with 10:54 to play. Pitt-Johnstown took control and put the game away by outscoring Glenville State 15-0 over the next 5:43 capped by a Quinton Davis break-away dunk. Tullis’ layup at 2:28 gave Pitt-Johnstown its largest lead of the game at 80-64, before the Mountain Cats went on to the eight-point victory.
Tullis finished with 27 points on 10-14 shooting from the field and 7-10 from the free-throw line to lead three Mountain Cats who scored in double-figures. Davis had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Patrick Grubbs rounded out the double-figure scorers with 13 points and seven rebounds. Head coach Bob Rukavina also got eight points, six rebounds and a game-high nine assists from William Sharpe. Branch also ended the night with eight points.
With his nine assists, Sharpe became Pitt-Johnstown’s all-time leader in assists with 498. Sharpe needed six assists to tie Emmanuel Richardson for the top-spot.
The Mountain Cats shot 50.9% (29-57) from the floor, 5-16 from three-point range and 30-43 from the free-throw line. The Mountain Cats held Glenville State to 46.9% (30-64), including 10-30 from behind the three-point line. The Pioneers, who were out rebounded 39-33, were also 15-22 from the charity stripe.
Jamal Holden pouredi n a game-high 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Glenville State. Anthony Kimble added 19 points and five rebounds, and Tryvan Leech tallied 14 points and five rebounds for the Pioneers, who ended the season with a 20-9 overall record.
WVIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament
March 3-7, 2009
First Round—Tuesday, March 3 at campus sites
G1: #9 Wheeling Jesuit 89, #8 WV Wesleyan 79
G2: #7 Shepherd 77, #10 Concord 76
G3: #6 Fairmont State 77, #11 Charleston 61
G4: #5 Glenville State 77, #12 Seton Hill 65
G5: #4 Pitt Johnstown 89, #13 Davis & Elkins 72
G6: #3 West Liberty 117, #14 Bluefield State 87
G7: #2 Alderson-Broaddus 99, #15 Salem International 56
G8: #1 WV State 126, #16 Ohio Valley 83
Quarterfinals—Thursday, March 5 at Charleston Civic Center
G9: West Liberty 96, Fairmont State 93
G10: Alderson-Broaddus 87, Shepherd 61
G11: Wheeling Jesuit 84, WV State 75
G12: Pitt Johnstown 93, Glenville State 85
Semifinals—Friday, March 6 at Charleston Civic Center
G13: West Liberty (23-6) vs. Alderson-Broaddus (25-4) 6:30 p.m.
G14: Wheeling Jesuit (14-15) vs. Pitt Johnstown (22-7) 8:30 p.m.
Championship—Saturday, March 7 at Charleston Civic Center
G15: Winner G13 vs. Winner G14 8:30 p.m.