(Glenville, WV) – The Glenville State Pioneers defeated the Fairmont State Falcons, 79-69 in WVIAC MBB Action last night. Anthony Kimble and Michael Hurd led GSC with a pair of 22 point performances as the Pioneers won their second straight to improve to 6-12 and 4-7 in WVIAC play. Hurd, a sophomore from Charleston, WV, connected on 8 of 11 field goal attempts, including 6 of 9 from behind the arc. Tryvan Leech came off the bench to score eight points and grab a game high 12 rebounds as the Pioneers held a massive plus 20 rebounding advantage, 40-20.
Fairmont State was paced by Cody Loughry’s 19 points, while Thad McFadden chipped 17 points and Ronnie Means’ 11 assists as they fell to 12-6 and 6-5.
The Falcons came out the gate strong as McFadden would score the first eight Fairmont points, and then Loughry followed it up with five of his own to give FSU a 13-9 lead with 14:54 remaining. A Kimble layup and a Deon Briscoe jumper would even the game at 13 all, and after the two teams traded possessions, Glenville State would grab the lead for good on a pair of Chase Grooves’ free throw, 15-13.
Glenville State would then go on an 18 to 7 run, capped off by two Kimble free throws, making it 31-20 with 5:02 to play in the half.
FSU would then counter with a spurt of their own as they would out score the Pioneers 12-4 over the rest of the half as the Pioneers held a 35-32 advantage at the half. Travis Brown would score eight of his 16 bench points for the Falcons during the run.
GSC would come out of the locker room hot, as after Mykail Vibbert would hit a pair of layups, Kimble would knock down a three and a Marcus Catney made free throw, the Pioneers would find themselves back up 11 just little over 2 minutes into the half. After a jumper from Jamal Womble, Michael Hurd would drain his 4th three pointer of the game to cap a 11 to 2 run and put GSC up 12, 46-34 with 17:06 remaining in the game.
Fairmont would make one last effort, after a Vibbert Layup put Glenville State up 11, 59-48, the Falcons would quickly go on a 9-1 run to make it 60-57 with 7:03 remaining. This would be the closest that Fairmont State would get the rest of the way.
The Pioneers would close the game getting points on 9 of their final 12 possessions of the game, including a clutch 8 out of 10 from the free throw line in the closing five minutes.
Freshman Allen Boyd contributed a strong performance as he added 7 points, 7 assists and four rebounds before fouling out.
For the game the Pioneers shot 50.9 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from the 3pt line and 72.7 percent from the foul line. This was just the fifth time all season Pioneers shot over 50% from the field, as they won back to back games for the first time since the opening week of December.
The Falcons shot 46.4 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from the behind the arc.
The Pioneers turned the ball over 15 times, three below their season average.
The Pioneers will look to make it three in a row as they will play host to the Tigers of Salem International University this Saturday. Tip Off is at 7:30 pm.