The Pioneers used big runs to close the first half and open the second to help pull away from visiting Seton Hill, 77-65, tonight in the 1st round of the WVIAC Tournament from Lilly Gymnasium. Anthony Kimble paced four GSC players in double figures with 19 points, while adding seven boards, as Glenville State improves to 20-8. The 20 wins marks the first time since the 92-93 Season and just the 2nd time in the last 37 years.
Jamal Holden filled the stat line as usual contributing 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Chase Groves added 14 points and seven assists and Tryvan Leech went over the 1000 point mark for his two year career on his way to 13 points.
The Griffins were led by 18 points apiece for Cody Boone and Jordan Thomas. Alex Tomic added 15 points, despite missing large junks of the game due to foul trouble.
After a brief lead in the opening minutes the Pioneers would find themselves trailing 14-13 with 11:35 to go. Tryvan Leech would then drain two 3’s and a jumper to put Glenville up 21-14 with 8:34 left in the half.
SHU would come right back with seven unanswered, to knot the game at 21 all with 6:56 to go.
Glenville State would then outscore Seton Hill 17-0 the rest of the way to grab a 38-21 lead at the break.
The Pioneers shot a scorching 50% in the opening frame including 8 of 13 (61.5%) from downtown.
The G’men would then open the second half with a 12-2 spurt to extend the lead to 27, 50-23 with 16:53.
All told GSC would outscore Seton Hill, 29-2 over a 10 minute span to close the 1st half and open the 2nd.
The Griffins would not go quietly as twice they cut the deficit to single digits. However the Pioneers would connect on 9 of 10 free throws in the last five minutes to seal the victory.
For the game the Pioneers shot 46.4% from the floor compared to 49.1% for SHU. GSC held a 34-28 rebounding advantage and turnovers were even at 13 apiece.
A big key for Glenville was their 18-4 advantage in fast break points.
The Pioneers will head to the Civic Center to take on UPJ this Thursday, March 5th. Tip Off will be at 8:30 p.m. Pitt-Johnstown defeated Glenville in their only match up this year, 92-85 in Glenville on 2/7/09.