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Victor McGee follows through on a dunk attempt Saturday.

On the second night of the fourth annual Baisi Classic, the WVU Tech men (9-3) dominated UC Clermont from the opening tip and never trailed the Cougars en route to their seventh straight home victory, 89-62.

After following Sam Robertson’s 17 points and six rebounds to a 42-21 lead at the intermission, the Golden Bears extended their commanding margin to as many as 38 points before the final horn sounded.

Robertson wound up with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Other double-digit scorers were Ben Shannon (12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc), Zack Thomsen (11 points along with four assists) and Darryl Slack (10 points). Robby Marshall and Princeton Joshway netted eight points each, Vincent Coleman scored seven, and Victor McGee tallied six.

For the visitors, Ian Gordon poured in 30 points and collected 11 boards.

The Golden Bears had 10 assists and outrebounded the Cougars 28-14 in the first half.

In the first game of the final night, the University of Rio Grande ran its record to 9-1 with a 77-65 victory over Tennessee Temple. Rio Grande got a 30-point, 12-rebound effort from Brandon Ivery, while TTU was paced by Windyl Johnson’s 13 points.

On the opening night, Tech posted an 86-64 decision over Tennessee Temple, while Rio Grande swamped UC Clermont 100-66.

The Bears placed five players in double figures in the scoring column: Slack (21), Robertson (14), Coleman (13), Marshall (10) and McGee (10). Coleman had 11 rebounds.

For TTU, Larry Franklin scored 11.

In the other contest, Rio Grande was powered by P.J. Rase’s 19 points, while Gordon and Seth Steele tallied 16 each for Clermont.

Several Tech players were recognized for their individual contributions last weekend. Awards for the 2008 Baisi Classic, presented by Interim Provost Scott Hurst and Neal Baisi’s son, Pat, were as follows:

All-tournament team — Windyl Johnson, Tennessee Temple; Cory Valentine, Rio Grande; Ian Gordon, UC Clermont; Darryl Slack, WVU Tech; and Ben Shannon, WVU Tech.

Tournament MVP — Sam Robertson, WVU Tech.

All-academic — Zack Thomsen, WVU Tech.

“We take a lot of pride in the Baisi Classic,” said Tech coach Bob Williams. “I feel fortunate to have been able to know Coach Baisi in his latter years. We told our players that, of course, he was a highly successful coach, but he was an even better person. This tournament is in his name and honor.”

“I thought our team performed well both days, and on both ends of the floor,” he continued. “We had good contributions from several people.

“This tournament will help us build for the rest of the non-league games and into the Mid-South schedule come mid-January.”

WVU Tech will host Virginia Intermont College on Dec. 13. That game will be the second of a Tech doubleheader, with the women’s team facing Berea College at 1 p.m. at the Baisi Center.



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The Golden Bear women posted their first triumph of the season on Saturday, as they registered a 54-37 victory over Bluefield State College on the second night of a tourney hosted by BSC.

Tech shot 44 percent from the field and 66 percent from behind the arc in the win.

Beckley’s Ashley Blaney recorded an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double in a standout performance for WVU Tech. Brenda Harris also enjoyed a solid evening, contributing 15 points to the winning effort. Freshman Amanda Gray supplied three steals and seven points.

The Tech defense stifled Bluefield State, which shot 27 percent from the field, including an arctic eight percent from three-point land.

Tech fell 100-38 to Central State on the tourney’s opening night.

(Peltier is the WVU Tech sports information director. Steve Keenan contributed to this story.)

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