On a night when Donita Adams’ lay-in produced the game-winning bucket in an 82-81 overtime win for Glenville State College against Shepherd University, the visiting Rams managed to avoid a sweep at the Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium here Monday as the men drained their final 11 foul shots to keep the Pioneers at bay, 81-75, in West Virginia Conference action.
Tryvan Leech scored 17 of his tied for game-high 19 points inside the first 13 minutes for host Glenville State as the G-men (4-6, 3-2 WVIAC) led 29-22 at 5:48 of the first half after a Montelle Williams’ putback.
Shepherd, which improved to 6-7 overall and 5-1 in conference action, used a huge advantage at the charity stripe (24-of-32 compared to 10-of-12 for GSC) and solid high-low play to help emerge victorious after trailing 36-35 at intermission.
Fred Lymas (19), Justin Jarman (17) and Liki Turner (14) each scored double figures for the Rams, who trailed by six points three times in the second half as GSC appeared in control until late.
Leading 66-61 with 4:01 left after a tough reverse lay-in by GSC point guard Chase Groves (11 points), things went awry for the hosts as the Rams took control of the tilt by going on a 16-4 run to lead by seven with under 30 seconds to play.
GSC, which returns to action Thursday at Fairmont State with another WVIAC doubleheader, had balanced scoring as Gabe Gibbs had 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds while Taron Hurst had 15 points and Anthony Kimble 11 counters. Jacob Miller chipped in with eight points in the setback.
In the women’s affair, Ram Katie Warehime scored a game-high 33 points but failed to convert a three-point play with just a second left in regulation as Glenville State (4-6, 3-2) managed to get into overtime tied at 71.
During overtime, the only deuce for GSC came when Adams took an inbounds from the left wing with a little more than three seconds left and raced to the right block for the game-winning lay-in just before time expired.
Even though the officials put a second back on the clock for the Rams (4-9, 1-5), who got 20 points from Krissy Grosselin and 10 from Camille Wilmer, they failed to get a shot off.
The Pioneer women drained 9-of-10 from the foul line in overtime, but the story for the hosts was guard Mallory Menendez. Menendez not only canned 9-of-15 from 3-point land, she also finished with 31 points and put GSC up 80-79 on two free throws with less than 29 seconds remaining in overtime.
Although Warehime scored on a dump down pass from Wilmer with 18 seconds left in overtime, GSC managed to run about 15 seconds off before having the ball knocked out of bounds and then getting Adams’ winning bucket.
Beth Deren (12), Kim Stephens (11) and Christine DiSabato (10) all scored in double digits as GSC had five players accomplish the feat, also getting 16 tallies from Adams, who joined teammate Kristen Golden with nine rebounds.
Hewett pulled down 14 caroms to finish with the only double-double, while Turner had the only slam in the men’s game on a one-handed stuff in the second half.
The first 12 minutes of the women’s contest witnessed a combined 7-of-40 effort from the floor as a 12-3 Ram lead was finally cut to seven at 10:57 of the first half when Beth Deren scored off a Tanya Melhorn assist.