Tryvan Leech scored a school record 52 points as the Glenville State College men’s basketball team snapped a three-game skid in a big way with a convincing 118-75 victory over the visiting Cardinals of Wheeling Jesuit. It was the first win for the Pioneers over Wheeling Jesuit since January 10, 2002, a span which included seven games.
Leech Sets GSC Record With 52 Points, Pioneers Blowout Wheeling 118-75
Leech, a senior from Springfield, Ohio, connected 16 of 18 field goal attempts, including a school record 12 three pointers and eight free throws. He also hauled in eight rebounds and dished out five assists as Glenville State improved to 9-5 overall and 3-4 in WVIAC play.
Tryvan broke the 31-year old record for points in a game, previously held by Tom Coates who dropped 46 points in 1977 versus Alderson Broaddus. Leech’s 12 triples was also a school single game record.
The big four of Leech, Chase Groves, Anthony Kimble and Jamal Holden combined for 100 points, 29 rebounds and 23 assists. Groves added 21 points, six rebound s and six assists. Kimble would add 16 points and nine boards, while the stat stuffer Holden contributed 11 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and a block.
For the game the Pioneers shot 61.7% from the field knocking down 37 of 60 attempts including a ridiculous 21 of 29 performance from long range. The 21 made three point shots is also a new GSC record.
Glenville State would take command early as they led 13-4 and never looked back, racing out to a commanding 61-36 lead at the break shooting 55.6% from the floor and connecting of 14 of 20 three point attempts.
The second half would be much of the same. After a quick burst in the opening minutes by Wheeling Jesuit would cut the margin to 18, the Pioneers would outscore the Cardinals 51-26 over the final 16 minutes to end the game.
In addition to the hot shooting Glenville State held a commanding 46-23 margin on the boards. They tallied 28 assists as a team, also a season high.
“I am very proud of Tryvan and the way he accomplished this major feat,” stated Osborne. “He did this within the framework of our offense and did it very efficiently. It’s even better knowing what kind of person he is off the floor.”
The Pioneers will play host to the nation’s highest scoring offensive team, West Liberty State, this Saturday, January 24, 2009. Tip off is at 7:30.