MEC roundup: Glenville State men, West Virginia State women post impressive victories


Wednesday evening provided an exciting night of hoops in the Mountain East Conference. There were multiple upsets between men’s and women’s basketball.

A closer look at results:

Men’s Basketball

GLENVILLE STATE 91, No. 13 West Virginia State 77: The Yellow Jackets entered Wednesday evening tied with West Liberty as the top men’s team in the MEC having won seven straight games by an average of 15 points.

However, the Pioneers (11-6, 7-4) used a 47-point first half, shooting 47 percent in the first 20 minutes, to boost them to a 14-point victory over State.

WVSU (15-2, 9-2) struggled in the first half from the field, shooting 28 percent and making nine total field goals. The Yellow Jackets went into the break trailing by 18 points.

Five different Pioneers scored in double-figures, including Freddie Word, who led GSU with 22 points. Word connected on all 10 of his free throws.

West Virginia State’s Samier Kinsler and Anthony Pittman, a former Capital Cougar, combined for 49 points.

WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN 81, Frostburg State 71: It had been nearly three full seasons since WVWC (2-13, 2-9) won multiple conference games.

However, West Virginia Wesleyan picked up its second conference win by upending Frostburg State Buckhannon. It is the second time this season WVWC eclipsed the 80-point mark.

West Virginia Wesleyan (2-13, 2-9) went into the break with a 30-28 lead after shooting 46 percent from the field, before using 51-43 point advantage in the second half to secure the win.

Darius Green led all scorers in the win with a season-high 29 points. D’Vante Rivera also poured in a season-high 21 points on 57 percent shooting.

Agyei Edwards led Frostburg (5-12, 1-10) with 21 points. Jason Murphy tallied a double-double in defeat with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball

WEST VIRGINIA STATE 75, Glenville State 74: A back-and-forth affair provided late-game drama in Institute. Glenville State (15-2, 9-2) had an opportunity with less than 30 seconds left. However, a late defensive stop by the Yellow Jackets allowed them to claim the upset victory over the Pioneers, last season’s Division II national champion. 

The WVSU (14-2, 9-2) win snaps a 15-game losing streak against GSU.

The Yellow Jackets got double-figure performances from Hannah Shriver and Shelby Harmeyer, with each scoring 12 points. WVSU’s Destiny Fields also poured in 11 points and corralled 12 rebounds.

Breanna Campbell led Glenville and all players with 22 points.

Looking Ahead

The University of Charleston and West Virginia State’s men’s and women’s teams will square off Saturday inside the Walker Convocation Center.

The women’s game will tip off at 2 p.m. The men’s game follows at 4 p.m.

All four teams in action have a 9-2 conference record. The two women’s teams are tied with Glenville State atop the MEC.

UC has won eight straight games. 

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