Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 30, 2013

Concord fights back, tops Senators

By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Day two of the Currence Classic got underway at Bluefield State College’s Ned Shott with the Concord University Mountain Lions claiming a 70-66 win over the Davis & Elkins Senators, Saturday afternoon.

Down in both halves by as many as 15 points, the Lions roared back each time to take the lead and claim the victory. B.J. Hamlet topped the CU scoring column with 15 points while Nick Moyer and Cam Shannon each had seven crucial rebounds in the win which moved Concord to 4-3 on the year.

“We felt like we gave one away last night and for us to respond and win one in this fashion, that was the best way we could have won one after the heartbreaker we had yesterday,” said CU head coach Kent McBride. Concord fell at the buzzer Friday night to Chowan in the opening game of the Classic.

Nip and tuck in the early minutes, a pair of Hamlet threes allowed the Mountain Lions to build a 15-8 lead. However, old WVIAC foe D&E, now a member of the G-MAC, charged back to tie the game on Devin Miller’s three at 19. The Senators continued to build their lead and were up 15, 36-21 on Miller’s basket with 4:30 to play before the half.

Concord roared back. Ali Barnes’ three point play with just over a minute left brought the Mountain Lions within six and A.J. Williams’ fast break layup  with 16.9 seconds left made it a five point game, 39-34 and that is where it stood as the teams went into the break.

Over the final 5:23 of the half Concord outscored Davis & Elkins 13-3 to close the gap.

In the first five minutes of the second half D&E pulled away going up again by 15 only to see Concord methodically cut into the lead. Moyer’s three point play with 9:45 to go cut the CU deficit to eight and a Barnes’ three with 5:40 left made it a four point game, 64-50. At the media timeout with 3:52 remaining the Senators held a 66-65 advantage.

Two free throws by Mike Boyd cave Concord a 67-66 lead and Shannon’s layup with 20 seconds to go put the Lions ahead by three. Nathan Moats sealed the victory when he sank one of two free throws with 3.5 ticks showing on the clock.

Concord is a team that has no seniors and according to its coach, the team is a work in progress that has been up and down so far this season, but there are some positives to which he can point.

“We had every chance to fold,” McBride said. “It (winning) says a lot about the character of these guys who came in. The guys who were on the bench didn’t play so well and they were the biggest cheerleaders. It’s easy to get down on yourself, but these guys... I will be anxious to see us in February.”

In addition to Hamlet scoring 15, Shannon popped in 13, Boyd 11 and Barnes 10.

Bruce Komakech came off the D&E bench to lead the Senators wit 18 points. He also snagged five rebounds. Juwan Strothers tossed in 14 and had a game-high nine boards, while Miller scored 12 to go along with six steals and two assists.

D&E won the rebounding battle by the slimmest of margins, 37-36

Concord’s Hamlet and Davis & Elkins’ Miller were named to the All-Classic team.