MEC men’s hoops roundup: ‘Cats top Shepherd

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West Virginia Wesleyan 75, Shepherd 66 | Final Stats
BUCKHANNON, W.Va.
 — West Virginia Wesleyan pulled away from Shepherd midway through the second half to record a 75-66 win over Shepherd on Wednesday night at the Rockefeller Center.

The Bobcats improved to 7-10 overall and 4-7 in the MEC. Shepherd fell to 10-7 overall and 6-5 in the league.

Shepherd led 51-47 with 12:12 left in the game, but WVWC ripped off 18 of the game’s next 21 points in the next 5:19 to surge into the lead and go on to the win. WVWC shot 54 percent from the field in the game making 27-of-50. The Bobcats also drained 12 three-pointers and had just 10 turnovers in 40 minutes.

Fred Brondsted had 18 points to lead the way for the Bobcats, while Duscan Vicentic had 14 points and nine rebounds. Clay Todd and Daylin Lee each had 13 points.

Thomas Lang had 22 points and four steals for the Rams. Winston Burgess tossed in 13 points and Kyle Daggett had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Concord 99, Charleston 96 (2OT) | Final Stats
CHARLESTON, W.Va. 
— Tommy Bolte exploded for 65 points to lead Concord to a 99-96 win in double overtime over Charleston on Wednesday night at the Wehrle Center.

Bolte’s 65 points broke his own MEC record of 51 that he set in last year’s MEC Tournament. It was also the 14th-most points in NCAA Division II history and the most since 1977.

He was 25-of-42 from the field and made just three from behind the arc. He was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Bolte also pulled down eight rebounds.

In the first overtime period, Concord (11-5, 7-4) had to rally down four in the final 30 seconds after Drew Rackley’s layup made it 84-80. Bolte made two free throws and then stole the inbounds pass and fed Malik Johnson who laid it in to send the game into a second overtime.

The two teams traded threes in the second overtime, but Bolte gave CU a four-point lead with hitting a pair of free throws and another shot in the paint. Rackley made two for Charleston to cut the deficit in half, but Bolte delivered a deep three to push the lead back to five. Concord went 6-for-6 from the line in the final 12 seconds to withstand Charleston’s last efforts.

Simun Kovac added a double-double for CU with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jair Rodgers chipped in 10.

Rackley, Lamont McManus and Josh Floyd all scored 23 points for Charleston (11-6,  6-5). Devon Robinson pulled down 12 rebounds.

Fairmont State 95, Glenville State 90 | Final Stats
GLENVILLE, W.Va.
 — Fairmont State pulled out a 95-90 win over Glenville State on Wednesday night at the Waco Center.

Glenville State finished a fast-paced first half ahead 52-49 behind 22 points from Phil Bledsoe. The Falcons regained the lead after a Jason Jolly three with 16:59 to go, and the two teams remained close the rest of the way. A three-pointer by Vonte Montgomery put Fairmont State up 91-85 with just a minute to play, but Glenville State scored the next five points to pull to within a point. After Jolly made 1-of-2 from the line, GSC’s three-point attempt to take the lead would not go down, and Montgomery grabbed the rebound and sank his free throws, ending any hope for the Pioneers.

Jolly finished the game with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting that included eight three-pointers. Montgomery had a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Kenzie Melko and Andrew Emrick each netted 14 points as FSU improved to 13-4 overall and 10-1 in the league. Fairmont State hit 16 three-pointers in the game

Bledsoe’s 33 points led all scorers for Glenville State (7-10, 2-9). Jamal Pollydore contributed 14 points and Howard Smith added 11.

West Virginia State 87, UVa-Wise 79 | Final Stats
INSTITUTE, W.Va.
 — West Virginia State handed UVa-Wise an 87-79 defeat on Wednesday night at the Walker Convocation Center.

The Yellow Jackets improved to 9-8 overall and 6-5 in conference play. UVa-Wise moved to 5-11 overall and 3-8 in the MEC.

Ernest Jenkins scored 20 points and had four assists for West Virginia State. Gus Stone had 15 points, Jeremiah Moore had 14 and Isaiah Noel chipped in 12 points and six rebounds.

Parris Briggs hit seven three-pointers on his way to a game-high 29 points. Cameron Whiteside added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kaeleb Carter had 12 points for the Cavs.

No. 8 West Liberty 91, Urbana 78 | Final Stats
URBANA, Ohio
 — Eighth-ranked West Liberty never trailed on Wednesday night in easing to a 91-78 victory against Urbana at the Grimes Center.

Eric Meininger had a huge night for WLU  pumping in 21 of his career-high 26 points after intermission. The Hilltoppers’ lone senior starter was a blistering 8-of-9 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe on the night while also knocking down both of his 3-point attempts.

While West Liberty led virtually wire-to-wire and maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half, Urbana was able to keep things close for the first 20 minutes. Meininger finished off an assist from Luke Dyer to give WLU its largest lead of the opening half, 37-28, with just under three minutes left in the period and the Hilltoppers settled for a 41-35 advantage at the break.

Meininger picked up where he had left off when play resumed, scoring nine points in the first four minutes of the second half to help West Liberty open up a 52-40 lead and the hosts never threatened again.

Freshman guard Will Yoakum backed Meininger with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and four more Hilltoppers finished with eight points each in a typically balanced attack.

Ethan Snapp paced Urbana with 17 points while Jordan Bradley and Malik Jacobs added 15 each in a losing cause.

Notre Dame 95, Wheeling Jesuit 76 | Final Stats
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio 
— Will Vorhees poured in 41 points to lead Notre Dame to a 95-76 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday night at Murphy Gymnasium.

Vorhees was 15-of-23 from the field and made 4-of-9 from deep. Halil Parks added 20 points to help NDC improve to 12-5 overall and 8-3 in the MEC. Drew Scarberry sank six three-pointers to account for his 18 points.

Frank Kamgain and DeAndre Robinson each had 13 points for Wheeling Jesuit (2-15, 1-10). Tariq Woody and Zach Collins each chipped in 10.

Mountain East Conference news release.