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MEC men’s basketball notebook

Notre Dame 73, West Virginia Wesleyan 61
 — Notre Dame used a strong second half to down West Virginia Wesleyan, 73-61, on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats (6-8, 3-5) led by as many as 11 in the first half before settling for a five-point lead at the break, 32-27. WVWC pushed its lead back into double digits early in the second half before the Falcons rallied. A 22-10 run over seven minutes capped by a Drew Scarberry three put NDC back in front with 11:40 remaining in the game, and the Falcons would not trail the rest of the way.

Will Vorhees notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Notre Dame (10-4, 6-2). Scareberry hit four threes in the game and finished with 15 points. Isaiah Sanders and Larenz Thurman each scored 11. Notre Dame managed a 43-18 advantage in rebounds in the game.

Clay Todd and Luka Petrovic each scored 13 points for WVWC.

Urbana 94, Glenville State 91
 — Malik Jacobs hit a three-pointer from near the top of the key at the buzzer to give Urbana a 94-91 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at the Grimes Center.

The Pioneers (7-7, 2-6) erased a five-point deficit in the final minute to tie the game at 91-91 with 10 seconds remaining. Jacobs, though, brought the ball down the floor and pulled up from behind the arc and connected from three as time expired for the win.

It was the Blue Knights (4-8, 2-6) who had to rally in the second half after being down by 11, 53-42, with still 16 minutes left to play. A 21-11 spurt from Urbana cut the deficit to just one, and Urbana would eventually go ahead 70-69 after Ethan Snapp hit a three. Neither team would lead by more than five points the rest of the way leading to the game being decided on the final shot.

Jacobs three capped a 26-point night. Snapp added 20 points and Mike Ryan came off the bench to score 12.

Phil Bledsoe scored a game-high 33 points to go with 13 rebounds for Glenville State. Noah Frampton had 16 points and Kalin Johnson scored 13.

Fairmont State 93, Concord 83 (OT)
 — Fairmont State’s Andrew Emrick’s halfcourt shot at the buzzer forced overtime where the Falcons would prevail, 93-83, over Concord on Saturday afternoon at the Carter Center.

With the win, Fairmont State moved to 11-3 overall and unbeaten in the MEC at 8-0. Concord slipped to 9-4 overall and 503 in the league.

Concord led by six with just over 1:09 left in the game after a three from Jair Rodgers. Cole VonHandorf answered with a three of his own, and Emrick made a layup to get to within a point at 75-74 with just under five seconds remaining. Concord was able to get the ball to Tommy Bolte on the inbounds, and he was fouled immediately and went 2-for-2 from the line with just two seconds left in the game. Emrick gathered the inbounds pass for Fairmont State and took two dribbles over midcourt before burying the long attempt as time expired, sending the game to overtime with a 77-77 deadlock.

The Falcons continued their momentum with the first eight points in overtime and outscored Concord 16-6 in the extra session to pick up the win.

VonHandorff and Vonte Montgomery each had 20 points for FSU, while Emrick finished with 19. Fairmont State shot 50 percent from the field in the win.

Bolte had 36 points for Concord, while Rodgers chipped in 19. David Mulumba added 10 and Simun Kovac pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

West Virginia State 102, Wheeling Jesuit 89
 — West Virginia State trailed by two at halftime, but roared back in the second half with 62 points to pick up a 102-89 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday afternoon at the Walker Convocation Center.

WVSU went on a 10-0 run at the 16:06 mark to break a 52-52 tie and take control of the game. The Cardinals pulled to within six at 79-73 with just under eight minutes to play, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 12-3 run to essentially put the game away.

Pat Johnson-Agwu had 25 points to lead West Virginia State (6-8, 3-5).

DeAndre Robinson scored 16 for Wheeling Jesuit (1-13, 0-8) and Jeremiah April had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

West Liberty 98, Charleston 89
 — No. 12 West Liberty held off Charleston in the second half and earned a 98-89 win over the Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

The Hilltoppers (11-2, 7-1) led by 11 at the break and seemed poised to run away with the game, but Charleston (9-5, 4-4) pulled to within one at 74-73 with under seven minutes to play. WLU responded with a 14-2 run over the game’s next three minutes to pull away for the win.

Both teams shot well from the field with West Liberty connecting on 57 percent from the field and Charleston making 52 percent of its shots. UC had a 30-26 advantage on the glass but turned the ball over twice as much as West Liberty, 20-10.

Dalton Bolon pumped in 25 points for West Liberty. Marlon Moore added 17 points off the bench for the Hilltoppers, while Yahel Hill notched 19.

Drew Rackley led UC with 28 points. Adam Traore scored 16 points and Lamont McManus added 15.

Shepherd 80, UVa-Wise 79
WISE, Va. 
— Thomas Lang’s jumper with 11 seconds left lifted Shepherd to a 80-79 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday afternoon at the Prior Center.

After the game was tied for the 13th time at 73-73 with 3:21 to go, UVa-Wise surged ahead 77-73 and held the four-point lead at 79-75 with just over a minute to play. Lang hit a three to pull the Rams within one, and then a missed shot by the Cavs on the other end gave the Rams the ball back. Lang started at the right wing and drove hard into the middle of the lane where he pulled up and hit a twisting jumper for the go-ahead basket. Michal Seals drove the ball just outside the lane, but his fade away jumper fell just short allowing the Rams to hold on.

Lang went for 36 on the night to lead Shepherd (9-5, 5-3). Derek McKnight added 17 for the Rams.

Seals had 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for UVa-Wise. Jordan Pointer came off the bench to score 14 points.

News release by the Mountain East Conference

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