Wheeling, WV – After almost a month off the Glenville State Men’s basketball team finally returned to action Friday night as they fell to Wheeling Jesuit 76-82.
The Pioneers got out to a quick lead at the 17:39 mark as they took a 9-8 lead. Wheeling Jesuit came right back and retook the lead on the next possession 10-9. The Cardinals would continue to build on their lead as they went up by eight points 19-11 at the 13:50 mark.
The Pioneers then retook the lead when freshman Jamel Morris hit a three pointer at the 6:08 mark making it 26-24 GSC.
The Pioneers gave up the lead late in the first half as the Cardinals took a one point lead heading into halftime 35-34.
GSC came out in the second half firing on all cylinders as they retook the lead 37-35, the Pioneers then built a nine point lead 56-47 with 14:08 left to play in the game.
GSC would eventually build an 11 point lead but only to see to vanish as they Cardinals battled back.
Wheeling Jesuit pulled within one point at the 5:23 mark on a Steve Catich three pointer making it 65-64.
At the 4:10 mark tied at 67 apiece the Pioneers would take a one point lead on a made free throw by Kevin Gray 68-67, but the Pioneers could not hold on as the Cardinals retook a 70-68 lead at the 3:17 mark.
The Pioneers could not come back as the Cardinals held on to an 82-76 win.
Jamel Morris led the Pioneers in scoring with 26 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Kevin Gray scored 23 points, the only other player to score in double figures for the Pioneers were Hanif Malloy as he chipped in with 10 points.
Wheeling Jesuit was led by Steve Catich with 31 points; Recardo Gaddy scored 19 points for the Cardinals, while Obi Ukwuoma scored 19 points and grabbed a game high eight rebounds.
Ben Siefert handed out a game high 12 assists for Wheeling Jesuit.
The Pioneers return to action Wednesday, January 4th when they return home to battle Shepherd University. Game time is set for 7:00PM.