The Pioneer men came up empty down the stretch in their upset bid of WVIAC frontrunner WV State, as they fell to the Yellow Jackets 89-83 tonight at Lilly Gymnasium. Glenville State would miss their last eight field goal attempts over a span of 4:17, and the Yellow Jackets would hit seven of eight free throws in the last 30 seconds to seal the deal.
Darren Jones led five WV State (14-4, 10-1) players in double figures with 26 points, 19 of which came in the second half. Jones would score the final 14 points for the Yellow Jackets, covering the final 2:36 of the game. Ricky Jackson score 19, Hensley Charles 18 with 15 rebounds, Jason Emerson added 14 and Ted Scott had 11 as WVSU improves to 14-4 and a WVIAC best 10-1.
The Pioneers were paced by Tryvan Leech’s 23 points, including six of nine from behind the arc. Jamal Holden added 19 points, six rebounds and six assists as Glenville falls to 12-6 overall and 6-5 in the WVIAC. Anthony Kimble, who was plagued by foul trouble all night, added 13 and Chase Groves had 11.
WVSU would jump out to a quick 7-0 lead to open the contest, and stretch the lead to eight at 9-1 after a Jackson Layup. GSC would quickly claw back as Leech would hit three straight triples to pull it to 11-10 at the 15 minute mark.
The Pioneers would tie the game up at 14 all, 17 all and 19 all but were unable to grab a lead in the opening frame.
Leading 26-24, WV State would go on an 11-4 spurt, fueled by eight Emerson points and capped off by a Jackson three point play to grab their largest lead of the game at 37-28, before settling on a 46-39 lead at the break.
State got 12 fast break points and 14 bench points in the opening half.
After back to back misses to open the second half the Pioneers would hit five straight shots, including three consecutive three-point shots by Leech, Kimble and Groves. The 13-6 run over the first three minutes of the half would allow the Pioneers to knot the game at 52 all with 17 minutes to go. It also set the stage for what would be an excitement packed half of basketball.
GSC would tie it up again at 55-55 and grab its first lead on a pair of Holden free throws to make it 56-55. After the two teams would trade buckets, State would quickly run off seven straight to grab a 64-58 advantage with 11:56 to play.
Glenville answered right back with a 12-3 run to grab a 70-67 with 6:52 left. The Pioneers would push the lead to four, which would be their largest margin for the game at 75-71, on a Groves layup with 4:17 remaining. Unfortunately. Glenville State would go cold as they would not score another field goal the rest of the way.
A Kimble free throw sandwiched between a free throw from Charles and a layup by Jones would see the lead down to one at 78-77. After a missed layup, Jones would drill a three from the left side, a good three steps behind the line to put WVSU up for good, 80-78.
On the next possession Holden would come up empty on his layup attempt from the right side and Jones would again have the answer, with a jumper from the foul line.
The Yellow Jackets shot 52.7% from the field compared to 43.9% for Glenville State. Turnovers were tied at 13 a piece, as were rebounds at 34 for each team.
WV State held a 24 to 15 advantage in made free throws as they took 12 more attempts then the Pioneers.
The Pioneers look to rebound this Monday as they play host to WV Wesleyan. Tip Off is 7:30.