The Glenville State men’s basketball team ran their winning streak to three games with a tough 78-70 victory over the host Griffins of Seton Hill. The Pioneers shot a scorching 59.3% in the second half to erase a six-point halftime deficit. Anthony Kimble led the way with a game high 25 points and 12 rebounds as the men improved to 11-5 overall and 5-4 in the WVIAC.
Jamal Holden added 16 points and six rebounds and Tryvan Leech added 13 as the Pioneers moved into sixth place in the 16-team WVIAC.
The Griffins were paced by Jordan Thomas’ 20 points. Chris Giles added 17 and Keith Cox chipped in with 10 as Seton Hill fell to 5-10 Overall and 3-6 in conference play.
Seton Hill would open the game outscoring the Pioneers 19-6 over the first 9:25. Glenville State would counter back by going on a 9-3 spurt over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to 22-15 with 7:47 to go in the half.
The Griffins would have the answer once again as they ran off a 9-1 run over the next 3:15, and after a Jordan Thomas three-point shot they would find themselves with their largest lead of the game at 31-16 with 4:32 remaining in the half.
Glenville State would begin to right the ship and outscore Seton Hill 15-6 the rest of the half, including going 7 of 8 from the foul line to go into halftime down 37-31.
The Pioneers would slowly turn the tide in the second half as they started to heat up, and after a Montelle Williams layup, they would find themselves locked at 44-44.
After the two teams traded buckets, the Pioneers would engineer a 15-3 run over the next six minutes to grab the lead for good at 64-49 with 6:13 remaining.
Seton Hill would attempt one final attempt at a comeback, getting as close as six points with one minute to play, but the Pioneers would make seven of 10 free throw attempts in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
For the game the Pioneers shot 48.1% while holding the Griffins to 43.9%. GSC struggled from downtown, after hitting a combined 36 three-point shots in the past two games they connected on just two out of 10 attempts.
The rebounding battle was deadlocked at 37 apiece and the Pioneers turned the ball over 14 times compared to SHU’s 15. The Pioneers held a 24 to 8 advantage in made free throws, as they shot 21 more than their counterpart.
Glenville State will look to make it four in a row as they travel to Elkins this Thursday to take on Davis and Elkins. Tip Off is 7:30pm.