The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


January 22, 2014

WVU Tech Golden Bear men rally past Wilberforce on road

WILBERFORCE, Ohio — Staring a 22-point deficit in the face, WVU Tech didn’t blink Saturday.

Playing Wilberforce University on the road, the Golden Bears were in arrears by as many as 22 points before rallying for a 93-86 verdict. The victory was third straight for Tech (11-9).

According to, Tech trailed Wilberforce the entire first half and didn’t lead until sophomore Eddie Gordon’s go-ahead 3-point basket with 9:14 left in the matchup put Tech ahead.

Tech had four players score in double figures, with senior Stephen Coles leading the way with his third consecutive double-double (20 points and 10 rebounds).

Junior Leon Cooper Jr. contributed 20 points and six rebounds, and Jaren Marino (eight rebounds) and Armond Perez chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Gordon finished with nine points and Ra’Shaud Kincaid had six.

Wilberforce jumped out to a 22-point lead (32-10) with 10:17 left to play in the first half before Tech’s Hunter Moles hit a shot from the paint to ignite a 29-15 run that pulled the Bears to within eight, 47-39, at halftime.

Gordon’s trey handed Tech its first lead, 69-66. The Golden Bears took a 16-point lead (95-79) with 20 seconds left of play and ended the game with a seven-point victory.

Sean Cassidy led Wilberforce (3-17) with a game-high 22 points.

Tech will host Washington Adventist University at the Baisi Athletic Center tonight. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Wednesday, senior Brandon Burgraff connected on six 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, and Coles added 21 points, to lead Tech to an 89-71 victory over Virginia-University of Lynchburg at the Baisi Athletic Center.

Burgraff was 8-for-15 from the field, including 6-for-12 from beyond the arc. The senior is currently ranked fourth in NAIA DI in 3-point field goals made per game (3.529) and fifth in total 3-point field goals made (60).

Coles registered another double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Also scoring in double-digits for Tech with 10 points each were Perez and Moles. Perez added nine rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Cooper dished out a career- and game-high seven assists while committing just one turnover to go along with seven points.

Kincaid recorded a career-high with six steals against Virginia-Lynchburg. He also chipped in seven points and handed out six assists.

Tech produced 27 assists as a team against the Dragons and is currently ranked sixth in NAIA DI for total assists (291).

Chris Calvin scored 22 points off the bench in the losing effort of Virginia University Lynchburg.

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