Five Pioneers score in double figures to lead Glenville State’s men’s basketball team to an 82-79 road victory over the nation’s #11 team, Alderson-Broaddus. The win, which snapped the Battlers’ 16-game home court win streak, moves Glenville State to 17-8 overall and 11-7 in WVIAC play. Alderson-Broaddus falls to 21-4 overall and 15-3 in WVIAC play.
For the large majority of the first half, the game was a see-saw affair as both teams jockeyed for position and control. Seven minutes into the contest, the game was tied at 15-15. The Pioneers would later take a one-point lead at 38-37, before the Battlers closed the half on a 7-1 run to take a 44-39 lead into intermission. In all, there were 11 lead changes in the first half alone.
The second half was nearly identical for the first 10 minutes as neither team could wrestle momentum away from the other. With just under 10 minutes to play, the host Battlers used a spurt over a three-minute span to gain their largest lead of the game, eight points, at 68-60. The Pioneers would respond and eventually take a 73-72 lead with approximately four minutes to play. Clinging to a one-point lead, the Pioneers’ Chase Groves would knock down two free throws with 45 seconds to play to give the Pioneers a three-point advantage.
Alderson-Broaddus would miss on the ensuing possession, then fouled Glenville State’s Gabe Gibbs. Gibbs would go to the line to shoot two free throws and miss both attempts. The Battlers then found Terrell Eargle on the wing for a three-point shot. The Pioneers’ Anthony Kimble fouled Eargle, sending him to the line for three free throws. Trailing 82-79, Eargle missed all three of his attempts. The Pioneers would hang on from there for the key conference road victory.
For the contest, the Pioneers converted 49% of their field goals. The Pioneers, one of the top three-point shooting teams in the country, were sensational from long range as they converted 10 of 18 three-point shots for 56%. The Pioneers also converted 84% of their free throws, compared to only 57% for the Battlers. Glenville State was outrebounded 35-30 in the contest.
Individually, Jamal Holden had arguably one of his best performances in his Glenville State career. The junior combo guard totaled 26 points, six rebounds, and four assists. He received support from Anthony Kimble and Tryvan Leech, who both totaled 15 points, respectively. Chase Groves tallied 13 points while Gabe Gibbs added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.
The Battlers were led by NCAA I transfer Stan Hall’s 31 points.
Glenville State will return to action on Monday, February 23, 2009 as they host Davis & Elkins College. The game will serve as senior night for six Glenville State seniors: Derek Felder, Chase Groves, Taron Hurst, Anthony Kimble, Tryvan Leech, and Montel Williams. Game time is set for 7:30pm.