By Kyle Lovern
November 7, 2013
MONTGOMERY, W. Va. - Senior guard Brandon Burgraff scored 26 points and the WVU Tech men’s basketball team defeated Salem International University 90-85 at the Baisi Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Burgraff is from Matewan and played for the Tigers.
The Golden Bears improve to 2-0 for the 2013-14 season.
Burgraff had an efficient shooting night, making 7-of-15 shots and going 6-for-6 at the free throw line. The senior also knocked down six three-pointers through out the night.
Tech also saw baskets from junior guard Jaren Marino (17), senior forward Armond Perez (15), and junior guard Leon Cooper, Jr. (10).
Senior forward Floyd Campbell added seven points while sophomore guard Joe Saunders, junior forward Jauries Thomas, and freshman point guard Ra’Shaud Kincaid chipped in five a piece.
As a team, Tech went 28-for-60 (46.7 percent). The Golden Bears won the rebounding battle on the defensive side (26-22) and also held advantages over Salem International in points off of turnovers (30-20), and fast break points (6-4).
The game was a back-and-forth battle including nine lead changes and 11 tied scores.
In the first half, Tech took the lead back with 3:32 left when Marino put the ball back up after an offensive rebound, taking the Golden Bears to 34-32.
Heading into the second half with a 45-38 lead, the Golden Bears were prepared for a battle. Salem gained the lead with 4:13 left to play when they knocked down a three-pointer, taking the score to 77-75.
The Golden Bears started chipping away at the lead after a jumper in the paint from Marino was good, 86-85. Tech did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game, taking the victory, 90-85.
The team was led by Perez in rebounds with seven.
WVU Tech will head to Pikeville, Ky. to participate in the Pikeville Classic, November 8-9.