Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 8, 2013

Cavaliers, Concord, Herd all face defeats

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Greg Mays scored a career-high 24 points, and Keifer Sykes added 21 as Wisconsin-Green Bay pulled out a 75-72  win over Virginia.

Sykes made two free throws for the Phoenix (5-2) with 8.7 seconds left after Joe Harris missed a 3-pointer for Virginia. The Cavaliers (7-3) had a final chance to tie the score, but Justin Anderson missed a 3-point shot as the buzzer sounded.

Virginia fought back from a 13-point deficit early in the second half, tying the score at 69 on a 3-pointer from Malcolm Brogdon with 1:51 left. Brogdon led the Cavaliers with 17 points. Harris and Anthony Gill each added 12 points.

The loss is the second straight for Virginia this week and spoiled the Green Bay homecoming for Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett. Bennett, in his fifth season at Virginia, was a star player in college at Green Bay from 1988-92.

W.Va. Wesleyan 81, Concord 65

BUCKHANNON, Va. —  The Concord University men's basketball team shot 48.1 percent from the field and sophomore guard Cam Shannon scored a career-high 18 points, but it wasn't quite enough as West Virginia Wesleyan made 12 three-pointers on its way to an 81-65 victory over the Mountain Lions on Saturday.

Concord (5-4, 2-2) was led by Shannon, who also had five rebounds. Mike Boyd added 13 points and A.J. Williams tossed in 12.

Brett Ervin paced the Bobcats with 17 points.

Concord will visit Concord on Dec. 16.

Penn State 90, Marshall 77

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Ross Travis scored 20 points and Donovan Jack’s 18 points, seven blocked shots and seven rebounds enabled Penn State to race past Marshall 90-77 on Saturday.

D.J. Newbill scored 17 points while Brandon Taylor and Tim Frazier each added 10 as the Nittany Lions rebounded after back-to-back losses to Mississippi and Pittsburgh.

The Nittany Lions (7-3) have scored 70 points in all but one of their games this season and their transition offense built as much as a 26-point lead before Marshall closed the gap late.

The Thundering Herd entered the game scoring 85.8 points per game, good for 20th among NCAA statistical leaders, but couldn’t generate a consistent offensive pace against Penn State, shooting 39.4 percent overall.

Kareem Canty scored 28 points for Marshall, which was slowed by eight first-half turnovers and a 7 for 13 effort from the foul line. Elijah Pittman added 10 points for Marshall, well under his 23-point scoring average. He had converted 27 3-pointers in eight games for the Thundering Herd but connected on just one against the Lions.

Marshall opened with 1 for 11 shooting before an 11-2 run to pull to within 13-11 early but Penn State ran off seven straight points and the Herd never recovered.