By Bryce Sine, Sports Information Assistant
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University men’s basketball team completed the comeback and extended their winning streak to five games against Davis & Elkins on Saturday afternoon at the Walker Convocation Center, 92-81.
West Virginia State improves to 5-1 in the Mountain East Conference while Davis and Elkins regresses to 2-4 in the MEC.
Senior guard Glen Abram scored a team-high 26 points while hitting on four of his three-point attempts. Sophomore forward Anthony Pittman added 11 points and 10 rebounds to give him his fourth double-double on the season. Sophomore guard Treohn Watkins added 15 points as well. Both Sophomore guard Stephon Sheard and freshman center Savion Marshall-Hamilton added 12 points which was a career-high for both players.
Both teams came out trading baskets during the first five minutes of the game. Then Davis & Elkins took control and ended up holding the advantage from the 15-minute mark and didn’t relinquish control. The Senators went on a quick 9-1 run to give them a 19-12 lead. A layup by Watkins and three by Abram ended what was a 10-5 run for the Senators getting the Yellow Jackets back within six points, 28-22.
From the ten-minute mark until the five-minute mark, the teams traded baskets with neither side making a huge push. The Senators kept an eight to ten-point lead during this period. West Virginia State couldn’t find consistency on the offensive end of the court until a dunk by Marshall-Hamilton and a three by Abram brought WVSU back within three points, 32-29.
To end the half, both teams traded baskets and foul shots. West Virginia State stayed in the game thanks to converting their foul shots. The Yellow Jackets went into halftime with a five-point deficit, 39-34. This was in spite of shooting 36 percent from the floor. On the other side of the court, Davis & Elkins shot 46 percent.
To start the second half, each side went back and forth for the opening three minutes. Pittman scored the first five points for the Yellow Jackets to start the second half. An Abram layup with 16:26 remaining gave West Virginia State the spark it needed to chip away at the lead. Abram then scored seven of the nine points that brought WVSU back to within one point of D&E, 49-48.
With fifteen minutes left to play, the Yellow Jackets went on a 23-2 run that lasted four minutes to give them a 12-point cushion, 66-54. During the stretch, the Yellow Jackets forced Davis & Elkins to turn the ball over five times leading to easy baskets on the other end. The run ended with a D&E layup at the midway point of the second half.
Following the run, West Virginia State maintained its lead by playing stout defense. Then two threes in a row by Watkins and a layup by Marshall-Hamilton gave the Yellow Jackets an 18-point advantage with six minutes left in the contest, 78-60.
Davis & Elkins then went on a quick 6-0 run that cut the lead down to 12 points with 2:35 left in the game, 83-71. West Virginia State played staunch defense after the run to maintain their lead throughout the remainder of the game. Horsey, Watkins and Abram all made clutch foul shots to secure the win for WVSU, 92-81.