West Virginia State eases past Alderson Broaddus for win No. 11

By James Garcia, Sports Information Director West Virginia State

 

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University men’s basketball team picked up its 11th win of the season on the road against Alderson Broaddus, 81-68, in a Mountain East Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.The Yellow Jackets held the lead for 31 minutes, but were closely trailed by the Battlers up until the last two minutes.

WVSU leaps to 10-5 overall, 6-3 in the MEC with the win. Meanwhile, AB falls to 7-6 on the season, 4-5 in league play with the loss.

Fifth-year guard Glen Abram was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points. He dropped in a season-high five three-pointers to account for most of his scoring. Third-year forward Anthony Pittman picked up his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 boards. Senior transfer Bradlee Lewis also scored 18 points which was a season-high for the first-year Yellow Jacket.

Alderson Broaddus gained the early edge with a 9-2 run in the opening five minutes. That early advantage was promptly nullified with an 11-4 run by WVSU over the next three minutes that tied the score at 13-all. Noah Jordan started the run with a three-pointer assisted by Glen Abram and Abram ended it with his own three-pointer assisted by Jordan.

The Yellow Jackets then pulled out in front with a 16-2 run over a five-minute stretch. WVSU was left with a 14-point lead, 29-15, after multiple scorers contributed to extending the initial run of the first half.

In the last six minutes of the opening half, the Battlers closed the double-digit gap with a 14-4 run. Nevertheless, West Virginia State was still ahead by four, 33-29, when the halftime horn blew.

After a minute-long scoring drought by both teams, WVSU kicked off a 15-8 run that lasted until the 16-minute mark. Jordan accounted for eight points during the stretch which included a layup, a trey, and a dunk followed by a free throw. State was up by 11, 48-37, after the run concluded.

From that point forward, the Yellow Jackets kept a safe distance from AB by continuing to hit shots from all over the court. With four minutes to go, the Battlers came within eight points, 74-66, of West Virginia State. That was as close as they came, however, with neither side scoring until Pittman was sent to the charity stripe with a minute and a half remaining. He made all three of his free-throw attempts after being fouled behind the arc and Lewis put the icing on the cake with back-to-back dunks in the final minute.

WVSU was quicker to the hoop than Alderson Broaddus with 22 fastbreak points compared to eight by AB.

West Virginia State will remain on the road for another MEC matchup with Glenville State on Wednesday, Jan. 19th next. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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