Wise, Va. - (Men) Wheeling Jesuit 73, UVa.-Wise 70
Eric Siefert scored 20 points and Kyle Ritz scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Wheeling Jesuit overcame a nine-point first half deficit in a 73-70 win over UVa-Wise on Thursday.
An 11-4 run by UVa-Wise (9-11, 6-10 MEC) mid-way through the game’s first 20 minutes allowed the host to open an 18-10 advantage. The run was spearheaded by a pair of Tyler Maggard 3-pointers.
Wheeling Jesuit (11-8, 9-7) rallied back and cut the deficit to one at intermission as Justin Fritts drained a 3-pointer from the right win before the horn sounded.
The lead would change hands 11 times over the first nine minutes of the second half before Fritts completed a 3-point play to give the Cardinals the lead for good.
Despite never again trailing, Wheeling Jesuit never led by more than five points for the remainder of the contest. The Cavaliers would have a chance to tie the game on the game’s final play but a 3-point attempt by Charles George was blocked by Ritz to seal the 73-70 win.
Maggard scored a team-high 15 points while Deon Boyce and Javon Moore each added 14 points in the loss.
Number five West Liberty University visits the Prior Center on Saturday for “Homecoming 2014”. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
(Women) Wheeling Jesuit 74, UVa.-Wise 66
Wheeling Jesuit shot 50.9 percent from the field and placed three players in double-figure scoring as the Cardinals scored a 74-66 victory over UVa-Wise in women's basketball action on Thursday.
Breanna Bulter canned four first half 3-pointers en route to a team-high 16 points for the victorious Cardinals (10-10, 7-9 MEC) who hit seven of 13 3-point attempts in the victory. Jaila Bryant and Tanika Lewis each added 12 points for Wheeling Jesuit.
UVa-Wise's (8-12, 4-12 MEC) Reynesha Archer scored a game-high 23 points on 10-13 shooting while Katie Jo Lester added 14 points. Kenzie Poindexter finished the contest with nine points, six rebounds and eight assists.
The Cavaliers will be back in action at home on Saturday at 2 p.m. when West Liberty University visits the Prior Center.