The Glenville State Pioneers used a late 2nd half run to pull away from Salem International University, 89-72 for their third straight victory tonight at Lilly Gymnasium. Michael Hurd and Tryvan Leech led five Pioneers in double figures with 18 points apiece. Anthony Kimble added 17 points and six rebounds and Mykail Vibbert recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Pioneers improved to 7-12 and 5-7 in WVIAC play.
The Tigers of Salem International were led by Chris Carey’s game high 31. Carey connected on 11 of 18 field goal attempts, including 7 of 12 from the 3pt. line. Curtis Dorsey added 19 points and 8 boards, and Alexsander Zmijanjac chipped in 13 points and nine boards despite battling foul trouble.
The opening half saw neither team able to hold a lead, as the game had 11 lead changes in the opening 15 minutes. Glenville State looked to be pulling away as they would go on a quick 9-0 run over a two minute stretch to push the lead to seven. The run was fueled by a Vibbert triple and then layups by Kimble on three consecutive possessions.
However, SIU’s Dorsey would answer with six quick points of his own to pull the Tigers to within one, 40-39 at the break.
The Pioneers would break open a one point game at the half with a decisive 21-7 run covering five minutes midway through the 2nd half. GSC would get three straight triples from Leech, Hurd and Chase Groves to make it 78-62 with 5:03 to play.
After a Dorsey layup and an Anthony King free throw cut the lead back to 13, the Pioneers would seal the victory as Chase Grooves would fuel an 11-4 run to make 89-69 with a minute to go. Grooves would ignite the run with four points, two assists and two steals.
The Pioneers shot an excellent 52.4 percent from the field for the game including a scorching 64.3 percent in the 2nd half. GSC was also an impressive 9 of 10 from the foul line while committing only 12 turnovers.
The Pioneers will look to make it four straight on Monday as they travel to take on 2nd place Pitt-Johnstown. Tip Off is at 7:30 pm.