The Pioneers shook off a sluggish start to pull away from Concord, 82-70, tonight from Lilly Gymnasium. With the victory, the Glenville State men’s basketball team has won four consecutive games and improved their record to 16-8 overall and 10-7 in the WVIAC. Further, with their sixteenth victory of the season, the Pioneers broke the old NCAA II standard for the program of 15 wins in a season.
Tryvan Leech led five players in double figures with 25 points. Anthony Kimble recorded his fifth double-double of the season, and his fourth straight, as he scored 15 points and 10 rebounds. Chase Groves added 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting as GSC shot a scorching 62.1% from the field in the second half.
Jamal Holden added 10 points and seven assists and Gabe Gibbs came off the bench to chip in 10 points as well.
The Mountain Lions were paced by Thomas Brown’s 18 points off the bench, while Mathew Parker added 17 points as Concord falls to 9-15 Overall and 7-10 in the WVIAC.
The Pioneers would shoot just 39% in the opening half as they limped into halftime trailing by two, 35-33. However, Glenville State likely felt alright since they shot poorly and trailed by as many as nine point on two different occasions in the opening stanza.
The Pioneers would quickly fall behind by five to open the second half, before knotting the score at 38-38, 40-40, and finally 42-42 with 15:48 to play. From there, the Pioneers would hit the gas pedal and really take off. Over the next eight minutes, the Pioneers would outscore the Mountain Lions 24-4 to take a commanding 66-46 lead with 7:30 to play. The Pioneers led by 15 or more for the remainder of the game until Concord would score the game’s final five points to trim their deficit to 12 at the final horn, 82-70.
In addition to the 62% shooting in the second half, the Pioneers would connect on six of 11 from behind the arc and seven of eight free throw attempts, as well as only turning the ball over three times, in the final stanza.
The Pioneers will put their four-game winning streak on the line this Saturday as they travel to take on the second place Battlers of Alderson – Broaddus. Tip Off is 7:30.