Institute, WV – The Glenville State Pioneers held a four point lead at halftime but couldn’t hold on as West Virginia State came back to pick up the victory 62-71.
In the second half the Yellow Jackets started to pull away around the 11:29 mark as they went on a 7-0 run as they took a 10 point lead 55-45.
The Pioneers battled back and cut the lead to one point at the 3:43 mark on a Marcus Ashton layup but that’s as close as they would get as West Virginia State held on to a 71-62 victory.
The Pioneers defense caused 24 turnovers while they only turned it over 16 times. GSC converted the turnovers into 20 points.
The Yellow Jackets outscored the Pioneers in the paint 42 to 26.
The Pioneers were led by Marcus Ashton as he came off the bench to lead GSC with 21 points. Jamel Morris accounted for 13 while Nate Cash narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Kevin Gray dished out a team-high five assists.
The Yellow Jackets were paced by Corey Bethea’s huge day. Bethea tallied 27 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three blocks and a steal. David Ford garnered 22 points and 16 rebounds while Qua’Darius Fewell snared nine boards. WVSU was solid at the line, making 16-of-19.
The Pioneers return to action Thursday, January 26th when Fairmont State travels to Glenville. Game time is set for 7:30PM.