The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


February 19, 2014

Tech teams post triumphs

LYNCHBURG, Va. — WVU Tech logged a doubleheader basketball sweep at the Virginia University of Lynchburg Saturday.

The women’s team was victorious over the Dragons by a score of 92-67, while the men’s squad went into overtime for a 97-94 verdict.

The wins were the third straight for the both the men (17-10) and women (8-12).

The women were led by sophomore guard Cheyanna Lusk, who produced 21 points, which included a 5-of-9 effort from beyond the 3-point arc. Lusk’s converted 3-pointers all occurred in the first half. Freshman Elizabeth Evans also canned five 3-point goals en route to a 20-point, three-assist performance for the Golden Bears.

Junior center Roche Wimberly marked her third double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 boards. The junior also produced a game-high three blocks to go with her three steals. Sophomore guard LaKisha Adkins contributed 13 points.

“It was a great effort,” said Tech women’s coach Jenna Everhart. “We shot the three really well and we ran the floor.

“Offensively it was probably one of our best efforts of the season.”

The Tech women, currently fourth in the AII rankings, hosted Washington Adventist University last night. Everhart would like to see her squad win its remaining four games to even its record and maintain some momentum heading into the postseason.

“We play three teams that really rely on the dribble penetration,” she said. “We have to prevent the dribble drive, and continue our efforts to control the boards.”

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The Tech men dropped a 64-57 decision to Washington Adventist University Sunday night in Takoma Park, Md. Tech fell to 17-11 for the season while WAU boosted its record to 16-8.

The Golden Bears (17-11) led by two, 31-29, heading into the second half but were outscored by the Shock in the last 20 minutes of play, 35-26.

Tech was paced by three players in double figures. Senior forward Stephen Coles led the way with 19 points while also pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior Leon Cooper Jr. also posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Brandon Burgraff netted a trio of 3-point goals and finished with 11 points. Junior Jaren Marino grabbed 11 rebounds while chipping in seven points and a game-high six assists, his season high.

The Golden Bears return home for Senior Night to take on Barber Scotia College Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. Tech defeated Barber Scotia 77-62 on Nov. 22.

(Brouse is the WVU Tech sports information director. Sports editor Steve Keenan also contributed to this story).

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