Burgraff Scores 31, Tech Defeats Parkersburg
By Kyle Lovern
MONTGOMERY - Senior guard Brandon Burgraff recorded a career-high 31 points to help lead WVU Tech with a 111-70 victory over West Virginia University at Parkersburg Tuesday evening in the Baisi Athletic Center. The Golden Bears boost their record after winning three straight to 6-1.
Burgraff played his high school basketball at Matewan.
Tech shot 48.3 percent from the field and five players scored in double digits. The Golden Bears led by as many as 54 points and trailed for a total of just 15 seconds.
The Golden Bears made 43-of-89 (48.3 percent) shots, Tech also went 13-for-20 (65.0 percent) at the free-throw line. The team’s defense held Parkersburg to just a 32.9 percent (28-for-85) performance from the field.
The Blue and Gold dominated virtually every statistical category over WVU Parkersburg including: Rebounds (65-45), assists (28-14), points in the paint (58-26), points off turnovers (14-10), second chance points (24-9), and bench scoring (41-6).
Junior forward Jauries Thomas earned a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds while senior forwards Armond Perez and Floyd Campbell added 17 and 15 points respectively. Perez, who was 8-for-9 from the field, came close to a double-double after a strong night on the glass that saw him pull in seven rebounds.
Trailing only 2-0 in the first few seconds of the game, a three-pointer from Burgraff, who went 10-for-15 from the three and 10-for-17 from the field, gave Tech the lead, 4-2 with 19:34 to play in the opening half that it would never surrender. Parkersburg got within six points, but the Golden Bears were able to create distance to go into the second half with a 60-24 lead.
In the final 20 minutes of play, the Golden Bears were 20-for-45 (44.4 percent) from the field and 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) from the fould line to close out the game, 111-70. Tech’s lead did not dip below 37 points in the second half.
Tech will head back on the road to participate in the Barber Scotia Shootout in Concord, N. C. The tournament is November 22-November 24, the Golden Bears will play three games.
Evans scores 12 for Tech women
MONTGOMERY - The WVU Tech women’s basketball team grabbed their second victory of the season at the Baisi Athletic Center Tuesday evening. The Golden Bears boost their record to 2-5 with the 85-33 win over West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Five Golden Bears scored in double-digits for WVU Tech including a double-double for junior center Roche Wimberly. The junior pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to add to her 10 points. Junior guard Nia Nolan chipped in a game-high 20 points.
Sophomore guard Cheyanna Lusk added 12 points, freshman guard Elizabeth Evans, a former Tug Valley standout, put up 12 points, and sophomore guard LaKisha Adkins recorded 10 points to round out the top contributers for the Golden Bears. Lusk also had eight rebounds, five assists and steals.
Junior forward Cierra Mobley earned a career-high 13 boards as a Golden Bear to go with eight points, five steals, and three assists. Junior guard Tracee Mitchel grabbed 10 balls off the glass, six offensive and 4 defensive.
As a team, Tech was 11-for-15 (73.3 percent) from the free throw line. The Golden Bears held advantages in points in the paint (50-10), points off turnovers (37-7), second chance points (28-9), bench points (23-11) - including 10 from Mitchel, and fast break points (18-0).
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