The Glenville State Pioneers again blew a big first half lead but were able to hold on tonight defeating Ohio Valley 79-70, en route to snapping their three-game losing streak. Anthony Kimble recorded a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Pioneers improved to 13-8 overall and 7-7 in the WVIAC.
Tryvan Leech added 16 points and Jamal Holden came off the bench to chip in with 12 as the Pioneers again struggled from the field, shooting just 40.6%. The key however, was that they found a way to hold on to pick up the important victory.
Ohio Valley got 19 from Harris Danesi, 18 from Aleka Carr, and 13 from Rodney Everage as they dropped to 5-16 on the year, and 3-11 in the WVIAC.
The Pioneers would grab the lead for good in the first half as a pair of Kimble free throws would give them an 8-6 lead just five minutes into the contest. Leading 10-9, Glenville State would go on an 18-4 run to make it 28-13 with 8:13 left in the first half.
Ohio Valley would put respond by putting together a 9-2 spurt to cut it to 30-22 with 5:15 to go. Again, Glenville State would come right back with a 12-2 run to give themselves their largest lead of the game at 42-24 with 2 minutes left before intermission.
The Scots would hold the Pioneers without a field the rest of the half as they would run off seven unanswered points to cut the lead to 42-31 at the break.
The Pioneers would push the lead to 10, 53-43, at the 14:43 mark before OVU would again run off seven straight markers to make it 53-50 with 11:23 to go. After the two teams would trade a free throw each, the Pioneers would answer with a 7-0 spurt of their own to push the margin back to 10, at 61-51 with 9:41 left in the game. The lead would swell to as many as 13 before Ohio Valley would make things interesting in the final four minutes, by cutting the deficit down to five at 71-66 with 2:23 to play.
From there, Jamal Holden and Tryvan Leech would combine to hit all eight of their free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the win for Glenville State.
The Fighting Scots held a 44-28 advantage on points in the paint, while Glenville State held a 26-15 advantage on bench points. Glenville State also outrebounded the hosts 46-44. Despite shooting poorly from the field at 40.6%, the Pioneers did convert their long distance shots at 43.5% (10 of 23).
The Pioneers will play host to the Golden Eagles of the University of Charleston this Thursday. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.