Cavaliers fall at the buzzer to Glenville State

GLENVILLE, W. Va. - - Cavalier men fell on a buzzer beater to Glenville State, 86-84, on the road Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Cameron Whiteside led all scorers with his season and career-high 26 points and added nine rebounds. Junior forward Eric Okenchi and redshirt freshman Briggs Parris each netted 19 points with Okenchi finishing with a double-double with 12 boards. Senior guard Rahji Langford had 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists in the loss.

UVa-Wise (6-13, 4-10 MEC) and Glenville State (8-12, 3-11 MEC) went shot for shot to open the game as the Pioneers pulled ahead by three pints, 12-9 with 1'6:38 on the clock. Whiteside would cap off a 9-0 run for UVa-Wise at the foul line for an 18-12 Cavalier lead at the 13:48 mark.

The Pioneers would come from behind on back-to-back three-pointers by Glenville's Phil Bledsoe to knot the game at 20 apiece with just under 12 minutes left in the half. Two more shots from downtown by the Pioneers later in the half would push Glenville State ahead by five, 31-26, with 9:08 to go.

Glenville State would hold onto its lead until a three by Carter tied the game once again at 35-35 with 4:20 on the clock. A Whiteside three less than a minute later would give the Cavs a one-point advantage, 38-37. Down three with less than a minute to go, Okenchi would get fouled on a layup and get the free throw shot to fall as UVa-Wise and Glenville headed into the half tied 43-43.

UVa-Wise outrebounded the Pioneers 26-14 to start led by Okenchi who had nine boards in the first half. Whiteside and Okenchi led the team in scoring, both posting double-figures with Whiteside netting 15 while Okenchi had 12. UVa-Wise shot 47.2 percent (17-for-36) from the field, connecting on just 4-of-10 (40 percent) from behind the arc and only 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from the foul line.

The two teams would trade three-pointers to open the half before a 7-0 ran opened the Cavs lead to 53-46 with 17:51 on the clock. The Pioneers would come from behind once again to tie the game at 57 apiece.

The Pioneers would pull ahead by four at the charity stripe for a 61-57 lead with 11:43 left. Okenchi would put UVa-Wise down by just one point, 61-60, on an old-fashioned three point play but Glenville State would extend its lead less than a minute later to six points, 66-60, with 10:32 left.

Glenville State would maintain the lead until the 5:34 mark when Langford drove the lane for two to knot the game 71-71. Langford would then knock down a three at the top of the key to regain the lead for the Cavs with a little over five minutes to play.

The two teams would tie the game once again, 74-74, with 3:36 on the clock. The Pioneers would take back the lead, 79-76, but a technical and foul by Glenville State would put Parris at the line as he knocked down four shots at the charity stripe for a one-point advantage, 80-79.

Okenchi would get to the basket for two with the Cavs leading the Pioneers by three with 1:42 to go. Glenville State would get a foul call to put the Pioneers ahead by one, 83-82, with 18 seconds on the clock.

Whiteside would get to the free throw line with three seconds left to put UVa-Wise up 84-83. Glenville's Patrick Mears would get the ball with one second on the clock and sink a three at the buzzer to give the Pioneers an 86-84 win.

The Cavs shot just 41.2 percent (14-for-34) from the field in the second half, hitting just 3-of-12 (25 percent) from downtown.

UVa-Wise posted a 44.3 percent (31-for-70) field goal percentage on the night, shooting just 31.8 percent from three-point range and only 62.5 percent (15-for-24) from the foul line.

UVa-Wise returns to Wise for a three-game homestand with Berea College (Ky.) up first on Tuesday. Tip is slated for 12 p.m. inside the David J. Prior Convocation Center.

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