(Glenville, WV) – The Glenville State Pioneers overcame a slow start to defeat Bluefield State, 87-80 tonight at Lilly Gymnasium. Tryvan Leech led the Pioneers with a game high 29 points off the bench on 9 of 13 shooting. Mykail Vibbert chipped in 23 points and team high 6 rebounds as the Pioneers improve to 8-13 Overall and 6-8 in WVIAC play.
The Blues of Bluefield State were led by Bobby Lester’s 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting and Howard Coston added 20 as BSC drops to 1-20 Overall and 1–13 in WVIAC play.
Bluefield jumped out early on the Pioneers as their lead swelled to as many as 16 in the opening half. Lester would score 16 first half points all in the first 10 minutes of the period.
The Pioneers would go on a 8 – 0 run to end the half fueled by a Deon Briscoe three pointer and a layup and 3pt field goal by Chase Groves. The Pioneers would go to the break, down 43-35.
Glenville State would pick up the 2nd half where they left off the 1st, as they opened the half on a 22-9 run to make it a 57-52 with 13:45 to go in the game. BSC would quickly answer with an 8-2 run to pull back ahead by a point, 62-61 at the ten minute mark.
The Pioneers would then take the lead for good as they outscored the Blues 26-18 over the rest of the game as the back and forth 2nd half saw six ties and six lead changes.
The Pioneers full court press caused problems for Bluefield State the entire game as Glenville State came away with 16 steals while forcing 23 Blues turnovers. GSC used those miscues to outscore Bluefield State, 40 to 17 on points off of turnovers.
Groves would add 14 points, seven steals, five rebounds and three assists for the Pioneers.
For the game the Pioneers shot an outstanding 59.3 percent from the field and the connected on 9 of 18 (50%) 3pt field goals.
The Pioneers will look to make it two straight this Saturday as they play host to the Fighting Scots of Ohio Valley University. Tip Off from Lilly Gymnasium is at 7:30 p.m.