The Pioneers were forced to hold on late as they pushed their winning streak to four games with a road victory over the Davis and Elkins Senators, 81-73. Chase Groves was the leading scorer for the Pioneers as four players tallied double figures. Groves finished with 23 points on eight of 11 shooting, including four of six from behind the arc, as the Pioneers improved to 12-5 overall and 6-4 in the WVIAC.
Tryvan Leech added 20 points, Anthony Kimble chipped in with 15, and Jamal Holden continue his stat stuffing play with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.
D&E’s Tim Turner led all scorers with 32 points and he also added six assists as the Senators drop to 6-11 overall and 4-6 in the WVIAC. Danny Manuel added 17 points and Bryant Wallace chipped in 10.
The first half would see the Pioneers shoot 53.3% from both the field and behind the arc as they would connect on 8 of 15 three point attempts en route to a 43-28 lead at the intermission.
Just like the women’s game, Davis & Elkins would come out blazing in the second half. After the two teams would trade buckets, the Pioneer would get outscored 13-4 over the next six minutes to find themselves clinging to a three point lead, 49-46, with 12:56 remaining.
The lead would get as low as two points after a Tim Turner three point shot with 3:21 to play. Glenville State would keep the game in their favor as they would connect on 18 of 20 free throw attempts in the final 12 minutes, including a remarkable 17 straight.
For the game the Pioneers hit 21 of 26 from the line. Glenville State shot 50% for the game, but was unable to hit a shot from beyond the arc in the second frame.
GSC held a slim 33-32 rebounding advantage and an equally slim turnover margin 13-12.
The Pioneers, who are playing their best basketball in nearly two decades, will look to push the win streak to five this Saturday when they play host to WVIAC co-leader WV State, which will come in with a 13-4 record overall and a 9-1 mark in WVIAC play. Tip off will be at 7:30.