The Glenville State College men’s basketball team ran their win streak to five games as they closed out 2008 with a 97-68 victory over visiting Waynesburg College. The Pioneers move to 7-2 overall while Waynesburg fell to 4-6 on the season.
The 7-2 start for the Pioneers is the best for the program since the 1992-93 season, a span of 16 seasons. Also, for only the ninth time since 1980-81 (29 seasons), the Pioneers are on a win streak of at least five games.
The Pioneers and visiting Yellow Jackets battled closely for the opening eight minutes of play, where the Pioneers held a 19-14 advantage after a basket by Waynesburg’s Jason Clark. The Pioneers’ Anthony Kimble then scored the game’s next six points and the hosts would follow the hot hand of Chase Groves (15 first half points) for the remainder of the half to outscore the visitors, 26-9. That allowed the Pioneers to cruise into halftime with a 41-25 lead.
The second half opened a bit slow for the Pioneers as Waynesburg trimmed their margin to 21 before the Pioneers pushed it to as many as 28, where they led 71-43 with just under eight minutes to play. The Yellow Jackets then used a quick 11-0 spurt in just under two minutes to trim the deficit to 71-54 with 5:57 to play. However, seniors Anthony Kimble and Chase Groves would combine to score 11 of the Pioneers next 12 points to put the game on ice, leading to the final margin of 97-68.
As a team, the Pioneers converted 52% of their shots from the field, including 43% from long range, while holding the visitors to just 37% shooting, including a mere 18% from beyond the arc. The Pioneers also outrebounded the Yellow Jackets, 49-33, and posted 22 assists on the afternoon.
The Pioneers saw 10 players dent the scoring column, including three players in double figures. Leading the way was senior Chase Groves, who tallied 26 points and five rebounds. Groves converted eight of 11 shots, including six of eight three-point shots. Senior Anthony Kimble posted 16 points and seven rebounds while junior Craigg Rogers scored 10 points. Gabe Gibbs turned in a solid performance with nine points and a team high 10 rebounds.
Glenville State, who thanks McDonald’s of Glenville for their sponsorship of the day’s contest, will look to make it six straight as they battle Lake Erie College (OH) on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 4:00pm in Lilly gymnasium.