(GLENVILLE, WV) — The Pioneers Men’s Basketball Team opened the 2nd half with a huge run and then held on late for a 91-81 victory over Urbana University this afternoon in the GGPTS Classic. Jamal Holden paced the GSC with 24 points on 7 of 12 shooting, as Glenville improved to 5-2 on the season. The fast start is the best start for a Pioneer Basketball team since the 1994-95 season.
In addition to his scoring, Holden added 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Chase Groves chipped in 22 points as GSC shot 55.8% from the field and 50% from the 3pt line. Tryvan Leech was one shy of his season average with 18 points, and grabbed six rebounds. Anthony Kimble contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out late.
Urbana’s David Brown led all scorers with 38 points. The senior guard hit on 14 of 28 attempts and 6 of 8 from downtown.
Deadlocked at 37 at halftime, the Pioneers would blow the game open in the 2nd half. Glenville outscored the Blue Knights 27-3 over the opening 6:45 to grab a 64-40 advantage. Urbana would go nearly 5 minutes without a field goal. Glenville State would continue to lead 84-62 with five minutes to play before a late Blue Knight spurt would bring the end result down to 10.
For the season the Pioneers are shooting 52% from the floor and 41.6% from the 3pt line.
Glenville State will return action this Thursday as they travel to Salem, WV to take on Salem International. Tip Off is at 7:30.
The Glenville State College men’s basketball team would like to thank the following tournament sponsors: Gassaway Glenville Physical Therapy Specialists – Kevin Boring, Bose, McKinney, & Evans Law, Kroger – Gassaway, McDonald’s – Glenville, Jack’s Septic Service, Randy & Rodney Skidmore, Rockwell Resources, Hard Rock Land Co., Given & Lancaster Family Dentistry, Pizza Hut, State Farm Insurance – Tim Moore, Braxton Memorial Hospital, Drake’s Auto Sales, Calhoun Banks, Subway – Glenville, Hardman’s, Dr. James Shaver DDS, United Bank, and Sports Connection.