By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Bluefield State College Big Blues are looking for a set of wheels after falling to the Seton Hill University Griffins, 82-58, Saturday afternoon at Ned Shott Gymnasium.
The Big Blues matched the Griffins basket-for-basket the first seven minutes of the game and led 13-12 at the first media timeout of the first half.
However, in the next four minutes of play the wheels came off the Bluefield State machine. Relying heavily on the three point basket and controlling the offensive and defensive boards, Seton Hill gradually built its lead as high as 22 points. Drilling eight treys, Seton Hill led 46-33 at halftime.
The Big Blues could not convert baskets either in half court or transition after the first seven minutes, shooting 31 percent from the field for the first 20 minutes. In comparison, Seton Hill made 45 percent of its shots.
The visitors exhibited even more potent firepower from the field in the second half as they continued to build their lead. Seton Hill shot an unbelievable 59 percent in the second half. For the game the Griffins made 30 of its 60 shots as the Griffins improved their record to 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the WVIAC.
Bluefield State shot slightly better from the field in the final 20 minutes, converting on 38 percent of its shots, but it was nowhere near enough to facilitate a comeback to help the team earn its first victory of the season.
Avery Holliday was the only Big Blue to score in double digits with 10 points. Roy Cooper, Vincent Rogers and Treon Claiborne each dropped in eight. Claiborne had a game-high 11 rebounds along with two assists and two steals.
Four Seton Hill players finished in double digit scoring, led by Nate Perry with 20 points, including four treys. Kameron Taylor tallied 17 with a team-high eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Malachi Leonard had 15 points with seven rebounds, and Max Kenyi had 12 points with seven rebounds.
Seton Hill out-rebounded Bluefield State 42-31 and the Griffins made 11-of-19 points from three point territory.
The Big Blues fell to 0-13 in all games and 0-9 in conference play. They return to action Monday night at West Virginia Wesleyan, then return home to face Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday.