By Bryce Sine, Sports Information Assistant
INSTITUTE, W. Va.- The West Virginia State University men’s basketball team defeated Notre Dame College, 93-85, in a Mountain East Conference (MEC) matchup on Wednesday night at the Walker Convocation Center. West Virginia State was always in control of the game and kept the lead for a total of 35 minutes.
West Virginia State improves to 2-1 in the MEC, while NDC drops to 0-2 in league play.
Senior guard Glen Abram was the game’s leading scorer with 31 points. He made a game-high eight three-point field goals. Fellow senior Jeremiah Moore added 17 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Anthony Pittman recorded his second double-double of the year with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Both teams struggled to get going in the first five minutes of the game. Abram finally kick started the WVSU offense with four consecutive three-pointers that gave the Yellow Jackets a five-point lead, 14-9, with 13:49 remaining in the first half. His first three ignited a 19-3 run for West Virginia State that lasted three-and-a-half minutes. At the end of the stretch, WVSU was ahead by 12 points, 21-9.
Notre Dame played catch up from that point forward. The Falcons were able to put up points, but not without West Virginia State finding a response for every effort they made. At halftime, the Yellow Jackets had increased their advantage to 14 points, 49-35.
West Virginia State’s defense was constantly around the ball in the first half. The Yellow Jackets forced Notre Dame to commit 11 turnovers. Off those turnovers alone, WVSU was able to score 23 points.
The Yellow Jackets carried their momentum over into the second half. At around the 13-minute mark, West Virginia State gained its largest lead of the game, by 20 points, 66-46.
WVSU maintained a double-digit lead against NDC for most of the second half. The Falcons were unable to get back within 10 points until the final minute of the contest. Pittman and Stone made 3-of-4 foul shots in the end to secure the second victory of the season for West Virginia State.
Outside of a lackadaisical opening four minutes, the Yellow Jackets were deadly accurate from all over the floor. WVSU shot 43 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. Notre Dame, on the other hand, shot 27 percent from beyond the arc.
WVSU will head to Alderson Broaddus for its next game on Saturday, Jan. 16. The tip is scheduled for 4 p.m.