Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 16, 2012

Concord shoots down Bears

Staff Writer
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

MONTGOMERY — The Concord University men’s basketball team won for the third time in four games on Saturday afternoon, beating WVU-Tech 92-81 at the Baisi Center in Montgomery.

Concord (6-2) hit 31 of 51 shots from the field and went 23 for 29 at the foul line, to score over 90 points for the second time this season. The other was a 93-78 defeat of the same squad on Dec. 3.

As a team, the Mountain Lions held a commanding advantage in rebounds (51-26) while also holding edges in blocks (5-2), steals (12-8) and assists (21-11). All those totals were season-highs.

Four Concord players finished with double-figure scoring — Damien Tunstalle (21), Thomas Brown (17), Jordan Davis (13) and Mike Boyd (11).

The high scorer for the game was David Rawlinson of WVU-Tech (8-8) with 33 points. He was 11-of-25 from the field and 11-for-13 from the foul line.

Tunstalle rounded out his night with five rebounds and three steals; Brown had three steals and seven rebounds. Davis went 5-for-7 from the floor in addition to hauling in six rebounds and blocking two shots.

Boyd dished out a game-high six assists and had seven rebounds.

In 16 minutes of playing time, Nick Ruffin was able to compile a game-high 10 rebounds to go with a personal-best five assists.

The game was a nip-and-tuck contest for the majority of the afternoon. Concord never trailed by any more than three points, but its largest lead over the Golden Bears being just eight points until the final minutes of the game. There were 13 lead changes and 17 ties on the afternoon.

Concord closed out the half on a 12-4 run to take a 51-43 lead into halftime. Tech erased Concord’s halftime lead and took a one-point lead (54-53) of its own just over four minutes into the second period.

However, the Mountain Lions battled back and finally took the lead for good at 71-70 with nine minutes to play in the game off of a Ruffin basket.

CU, which led by as many as 14 points in the final stages of the game, closed out the contest by outscoring WV Tech 21-11 through the final nine minutes of regulation after connecting on seven of its final 12 shots from the field. Boyd also made his final six foul shots during the stretch.

With its non-conference schedule now complete, Concord will jump back into West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play when it hosts Charleston on Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Concord is 2-2 in WVIAC games so far this season.