Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 25, 2013

BC Rams sweep Washington Adventist

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Bluefield College observed a Pink Monday prior to Black Friday and picked up a pair of non-conference wins over Washington Adventist University at the Dome Gymnasium.

On a night during which they honored cancer survivors, the Lady Rams, wearing pink accents in their uniforms, defeated the visiting Shock 72-48.

Bluefield (4-3), which snapped a two-game losing streak, shot only 24 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed 31-21 at intermission.

Afterward, the Lady Rams held the Shock to 22.7 percent shooting and made 61.5 percent of their field-goal tries to outscore the visitors 51-17.

Teqa McNeal provided 21 points, three assists and two steals for the Rams. She made seven field goals and seven foul shots. Asia Wheeler picked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Maryah Mazyck had five steals.

Washington Adventist (2-5) got 13 points and 11 rebounds from Re’gene Watson, and 11 points and 10 boards from Jerria Brown-McDaniel.

The Lady Rams are scheduled to travel to Asheville, N.C. today to play an exhibition contest with UNC–Asheville  in the 3,200-seat Kimmel Arena.

*****

Men’s game

BC 67, Washington Adv. 63

With about 8 seconds left on Monday night, the Rams’ Devin Page hit a jumper to break a 63-63 tie, and Eric Dukes followed up with a half-court steal and a last-second dunk to put an exclamation point on Bluefield’s first win of the young season.

It was the first loss of the current campaign for Washington Adventist (6-1).

In similar fashion to the women’s contest, the Rams (1-2) trailed 35-27 at halftime but got their offense untracked in the second period, hitting 57.1 percent of their field-goal attempts.

The free-throw line was important as well. Bluefield converted 12 of 16 foul shots; the Shock was 3 for 10. The Rams held a rebounding advantage of 39 to 32, and generated 16 assists, six of them by Kearsten Marion. BC also turned the ball over 16 times.

Josh Nesbit had a strong game for the victors, sinking 9 of 13 shots from the field for a game-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds. Alex Lubsey and Marion also wound up in double-figure scoring, with 14 and 10 points respectively. Page had 10 rebounds and three assists.

The Shock had four double-figure scorers, led by Charles Allen with 15. Jawuan Lockhart had 11 points, 13 rebounds and three steals.

The Rams are scheduled to play tonight at 7 p.m. at Emory & Henry College and on Friday at Virginia State University in Petersburg.

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