MONTGOMERY - Junior guard Leon Cooper, Jr. passed a season-high with 21 points and senior guard Brandon Burgraff added 20 points to lead the WVU Tech men’s basketball team to a 95-90 victory over West Virginia State University Wednesday evening at the Baisi Athletic Center in Montgomery, W. Va.
The Golden Bears (4-1) victory came in a nip-and-tuck contest that featured four lead changes and five ties with the largest lead of the night being by 14 points.
Tech and State were tied, 86-86 with 2:38 remaining in the second half before finishing the game on a 9-4 run thanks in part to four points from Cooper. For the game, Cooper went 6-for-9 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free throw line while also passing out a team-best five assists, grabbing four boards, and making two steals.
Cooper was assisted on the offensive end by five other Golden Bears who scored in double-digits, Burgraff (20), junior guard Jaren Marino (13), junior forward Jauries Thomas (11), freshman guard Ra’Shaud Kincaid (11), and senior forward Floyd Campbell (10).
Thomas and Campbell also had a strong showing on the glass, recording eight rebounds each, while Marino had seven boards and two steals. Kincaid and Marino also dished out three assists.
As a team, Tech shot 47.5 percent (29-for-61) from the field and 73.8 percent (31-for-42) from the foul line. The Golden Bears held advantage over WVSU in second chance points (22-19).
WVU Tech led for the majority of the first half and took a 49-40 lead into the break. The Yellow Jackets tied the game up 84-84 with 4:30 remaining, but Tech quickly erased the lead by going on a 13-6 run to finish the game, 95-90.
The Yellow Jackets were led by senior guard Anton Hutchins, who posted 21 points in the loss.
Tech will look for its next win Saturday, November 11. The game against Ohio Mid-Western College is scheduled to tip-off at 4:00 p.m.