LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: No. 1 Hilltoppers crush Bobcats

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The unbeaten and No. 1-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team shot a blistering 71 percent from the floor in the first half Saturday and cruised to a 108-81 victory at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Coach Jim Crutchfield’s Hilltoppers (12-0, 8-0) had their hands full with the scrappy Bobcats (9-6, 4-3) in the early going but the hosts couldn’t find a way to counter West Liberty’s deadly accuracy from the field.

After trading leads on several occasions in the early going, the Hilltoppers went ahead to stay Shawn Dyer snapped a 30-30 deadlock with a 3-pointer at 7:46 of the opening half.

That touched off a 10-0 West Liberty run and the visitors went on to take a 49-39 lead into the locker room, having canned 22-of-31 shots from the floor.

C.J. Hester had game-highs of 18 points and 8 rebounds to pace six double-figure scorers for the winners.

Cedric Harris added 17 points and a game-high 8 assists with Keene Cockburn contributing 17 points and 7 rebounds. Devin Hoehn and Mike Lamberti came off the bench with 13 and 11 points, respectively, and Bonifant chipped in with 10 points.

Taylor Price and Garrett Grantham had 15 points each to lead Wesleyan, which came into the game having won 7 of its last 9 outings.

Glenville State 71 Wheeling Jesuit 70

GLENVILLE, W.Va. – The Wheeling Jesuit men’s basketball team missed a game winning 3-point jump shot with five seconds left, letting a victory slip out of their grasp, and giving Glenville State the victory.

The Cardinals dropped to 6-5 on the season, and sit at .500 in conference play at 4-4 heading into an upcoming six-game home stand.

Leading the stat column for the Cardinals was Eric Seifert who had a game-high 28 points going 9-12 from the 3-point line. Andre Harris was also a big contributor for the Cards, putting in a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Also in double figures for WJU was Justin Fritts who chipped in with 15 points and seven assists.


West Liberty 91

W.Va. Wesleyan 79

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Liz Flowers poured in a career-high 37 points and West Liberty University scored 23 points in the last 6 minutes to pull away.

Flowers knocked down 4 of her career-high 7 3-point field goals in the final 10 minutes to help Coach Lynn Ullom’s Hilltoppers (7-7, 4-4) put the pesky Bobcats (2-10, 0-8) away in a see-saw game that saw 6 ties and 13 lead changes.

It was a Flowers 3-pointer that put West Liberty ahead for good and ignited the game-ending surge.

Trailing 69-68 with less than 6 minutes remaining, Flowers took a feed in the corner from Emily Bucon and drained a 3-pointer to put the Hilltoppers up, 70-68, with 5:38 to go.

Austin Cunningham went 1-for-2 from the line for Wesleyan but Bucon responded with a 3-pointer of her own and West Liberty never looked back.

Flowers just missed a double-double with 9 rebounds to go along with her 37 points. Bucon added 18 points and 5 assists off the bench while Howe chipped in with 8 points, a game-high 7 assists and 5 rebounds.

Allie Browne’s 23 points paced four double-digit scorers for the Bobcats.

Glenville State 97 Wheeling Jesuit 85

GLENVILLE, W.Va. – The ladies of Wheeling Jesuit took on the nation’s 12th ranked team Glenville State, hanging tough in a loss.

The Cardinals second straight loss puts them at 5-7 on the season and 2-5 in MEC nearing the midway point in the season.

Freshman Lydia Hyburg came off the bench to score 18 points in just 13 minutes of play. Jaila Bryant added 17 points and Breanna Butler had 16.