The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 27, 2013

WVU Tech men go 2-1 in N.C. hoops event

— The WVU Tech men’s basketball team finished 2-1 at the Barber Scotia Shootout in Concord, N.C. after being edged by Washington Adventist University 78-72 Sunday.

Leon Cooper Jr. had his second straight 18-point game to lead the Golden Bears (8-2) Sunday against Washington Adventist.

Four other Tech players provided double-digit scoring in the final game of the tournament. Jauries Thomas contributed 13 points, Armond Perez and Brandon Burgraff had 11 apiece and Jaren Marino chipped in 10.

In earlier tourney games, Tech disposed of Newport News Apprentice School (91-75) and Barber Scotia College (77-62).

Against Newport News, Cooper led the way with 18 points. Marino scored 17, Ra’Shaud Kincaid 12 and Burgraff and Thomas 11 each.

Perez tallied 16 points, Burgraff had 15, and Thomas netted 14 for Tech against Barber Scotia.

Prior to the southern swing, Burgraff, a senior guard, recorded a career-high 31 points to help lead WVU Tech to a 111-70 victory over West Virginia University at Parkersburg last Tuesday evening in the Baisi Athletic Center. Burgraff was 10-of-15 from the 3-point line.

Thomas had a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, while Perez and Floyd Campbell added 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Keith Penn scored a team-high 21 points for Parkersburg.

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Roche Wimberly and Cheyanna Lusk each posted double-doubles, but it wasn’t quite enough as the WVU Tech women’s basketball team dropped an 85-76 decision at Point Park (Pa.) University Saturday.

Lusk had career-high totals of 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Wimberly collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Nia Nolan led the Golden Bears from the field with 21 points.

Off the bench, LaKisha Adkins was the fourth Tech player to score in double-digits with 12 points.

Point Park (7-0) was led by Celina DiPietro, who produced a team-high 19 points.

Tech will play the University of Rio Grande in the Baisi Athletic Center at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4.

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The Tech wrestling squad rebounded from a disappointing performance last Tuesday to rally from a 12-point deficit against Penn State Mont Alto and earn a 27-15 victory.

Held at Westminster High School, where Tech head coach Sam Gardner taught for nine years and coached the Owl wrestlers for two, the Nittany Lions built a 12-0 lead after the first three matches on the strength of two decisions and a fall before Tech (4-2) rallied.

“I like the fact that we were able to rebound from a poor performance (a hard-fought 36-6 road loss against Division II foe Alderson-Broaddus), put it behind us, and get back to having the kinds of performances on the mat we are capable of,” said Gardner. “We got out of the box pretty slow in our first three matches, but the kids came on strong late in the periods to narrow the leads, which shows conditioning, spirit and guts. We need to get on the offense more quickly in those bouts if we want to continue to grow as a team.”

The Bears then completed a busy week on the mats by going 3-1 at the Green Terror Duals at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. on Saturday. Tech improved to 7-3 on the year.

Tech will host Tennessee Temple on Dec. 6, and then travel to Southern Virginia on Dec. 7 to participate in the annual Turkey Bowl tournament.

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