Reggie Williams scored a game high 21 points as the Pioneers beat West Liberty, 83-68
Charleston, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneers knocked off #1 seeded West Liberty Hilltoppers in the Semifinals of the MEC Basketball Tournament as the Pioneers punched their ticket to the MEC Championship Game.
In the first half of action West Liberty would take a quick 4-0 lead but Glenville State’s Brett Morris would hit a big three-pointer as the Pioneers cut the lead to one point, 4-3, at the 17:43 minute mark. The Pioneers would then tie the game up at 4 all on their next possession.
Glenville State would then get their first lead of the game, 6-4, at the 15:43 minute mark as Sedric Nady hit a jumper. However the Pioneers would then have a scoring drought at the 12:06 minute mark as West Liberty took a, 14-12 lead. Glenville State’s scoring drought would last three minutes and twenty five seconds.
West Liberty then went on a 7-0 run as they took an eight point lead, 25-17. But Glenville State would survive that drought and go on an 11-1 run of their own as the Pioneers took a four point lead, 30-26, with only 1:30 left to play.
The Pioneers would head into halftime up by seven points over the Hilltoppers, 35-28.
Glenville State would start the second half off great as they went on a 9-2 run to take a 14 point lead, 44-30 with 16:45 left to play. But West Liberty would cut the Pioneers lead to single digits several times but at the 12:30 minute mark Juwan Wells would have a monster dunk as he and the Pioneers went on a another run. This run would be an 8-0 run as the Pioneers took a 17 point lead, 56-39, their biggest lead of the game to that point.
West Liberty would try and cut into the Pioneers lead with under 10:00 minutes to play. The Hilltippers would cut the lead to 12 points, 60-48, but that is as close as West Liberty would get as the Pioneers would win by 15 points, 83-68.
Glenville State shot an amazing 53 percent from the floor while the Pioneers defense held West Liberty to 37 percent shooting from the floor. The Pioneers out scored the Hilltoppers in the paint by 10 points, 50 to 40. The Pioneers scored 12 fast break points while West Liberty scored zero fast break points.
Glenville State had four players score in double figures with Reggie Williams scoring a game high 21 points on 9-0f-18 shooting. Brett Morris scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Sedric Nady scored 17 points. Donte Morales chipped in with 14 points and handed out a game high four assists.
West Liberty was led by Devin Hoehn as he scored 15 points.
Glenville State (21-10, 17-8) will now play in the MEC Championship against the winner of the Wheeling Jesuit/Fairmont State game on Sunday, March 8th. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.
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