Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 25, 2013

Concord men rally to beat Urbana

Wire reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ATHENS — The Concord men’s basketball team went on a late 23-5 run, erasing an 11-point deficit, to beat Urbana (Ohio) University 73-66 in Mountain East Confer-ence competition on Monday afternoon at the Christie / Cox Court in Athens.

The Blue Knights of Urbana (0-5, 0-2 MEC) led 61-50 with five minutes left, but Concord (3-2, 1-1) held them to one field goal the rest of the way. Paul Byrd scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the final minutes, sparking the Mountain Lions’ comeback.

Though Urbana led 20-7 in the first half, the teams were tied 33-33 at halftime.

Byrd was 6 for 8 from the field, including 2 for 3 from 3-point range, and 3 for 3 at the foul line. The Mountain Lions made 28 of their 30 free throws; Urbana was 12 for 23.

Mike Boyd, who picked up nine of his 13 points from the charity stripe. Freshman B.J. Hamlet led a strong bench effort with 16 points, and fellow freshman Jalen Camper chipped in eight points and a team-high five rebounds.

For the game, Concord held advantages over Urbana in steals (7-6), blocks (4-1) and bench points (36-11).

The Blue Knights got a game-high 18 points from Danny Goins.

Concord competes in the Currence Classic at Bluefield State College this weekend, taking on Chowan University at 5 p.m. Friday and Davis & Elkins at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Urbana women 78, Concord 75

Playing its second close game in three days, Concord fell to Urbana by three points.

In a game that featured 21 lead changes and four ties, neither team led by double digits until late when Urbana (3-1, 2-0 MEC) went up by 11 points at 74-63 with 2:33 left in regulation.

Concord (2-3, 0-2) stormed back with a 9-0 run, all of the points coming from Sissy Wagner and Andrea Bertrand. With 22 seconds left, a 3-pointer by Jacqueline Kestner, off a feed from Bertrand, trimmed the Mountain Lions’ deficit to 76-75.

Lexie Taylor’s layup for Urbana with 12 seconds remaining produced the final points. Coming off the bench, Taylor led the Knights’ scoring with 15 points. DeVonyea Johnson and Ebany Brumfield scored 14 points each.

Wagner led CU with 24 points on 8-of-16 from the field and had five assists. Rachel Artip added 22 points. Bertrand gathered six assists and 12 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, and scored 13 points. Sammi Webster had 11 points and nine rebounds.

After four games in eight days, the Mountain Lions do not play again until Dec. 5 at home against Glenville State.