ATHENS — Concord’s regular season is coming to an end soon, and the women are racking up the wins while the men are struggling to put one in the “W” column lately.
For the men, Frostburg State scored the final five points in the game to take a 62-58 win over Concord on Saturday night at the Carter Center.
Both teams got off to a cold start from the field as Frostburg State held a 19-16 edge with 6:57 left in the first half. The Bobcats finished the first half on an 18-5 run as Concord trailed 37-23 at the intermission.
FSU continued its spurt into the second half as it led 42-25 with 18:06 remaining in the game. However, the Mountain Lions ripped off the next 16 points in the next 4:51 to close within 42-41 of Frostburg State.
The Bobcats kept Concord from taking the lead, but at the same time CU kept Frostburg State within striking distance. Still trailing 55-48 with 6:16 remaining, the Mountain Lions scored eight of the next 10 points to close within 57-56. Senior guard Trey Brisco and senior guard Martin Kelly Jr. combined to go 4-for-4 from the free throw line while junior guard/forward Malik Johnson completed an old-school, three-point play.
After a turnover by Frostburg State at the 2:46 mark, Johnson followed up a Concord missed three-pointer with a slam dunk to give CU its first lead of the game with 2:25 remaining. However, the lead was short lived as Frostburg State scored on its next possession.
Trailing 58-57 with 2:25 to play, Jamil Jones scored a layup to put Frostburg State back on top. After multiple empty possessions for both teams, the Bobcats were able to stretch its lead at the free throw line in the final seconds to secure the victory
Brisco pumped in 16 points and added seven rebounds. Johnson and freshman guard Ethan Heller scored 15 and 11 points, respectively. Kelly tallied 10 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward David Bea Mulumba grabbed 10 boards, and Malik Johnson tossed in 15 more for the Mountain Lions.
The Concord University women’s basketball team outscored Frostburg State, 23-6, in the third quarter as it pulled away for an 82-55 on Saturday in MEC conference play.
The Mountain Lions held a 40-30 halftime lead on the strength of 62.5 percent shooting (15-for-24) in the opening half.
Concord continued its torrid shooting in the third quarter, going 7-of-12 from the field (58.3 percent) while holding the Bobcats to 2-for-9 from the floor, and also forcing seven turnovers.
Five different players accounted for the scoring in the third quarter as sophomore guard Maggie Guynn tallied six points. Freshman guard Jazz Blankenship and senior forward Madison May each added five points.
Headed to the fourth quarter, CU held a 63-36 advantage. Guynn threw in one of three three-pointers in the game 39 seconds into the fourth quarter to push Concord’s lead to a game-high 30 points. The Mountain Lions led by at least 24 points the rest of the way.
Seven players had at least six points for Concord including May pouring in 25 for her fifth consecutive 20-point performance. The Athens, West Virginia native was 6-for-10 from the floor and 12-of-13 at the foul line.
Guynn added 14 points on a 5-for-7 showing from the floor and was perfect three-point range. Junior forward Riley Fitzwater notched eight points and eight rebounds
The Mountain Lions shot 57.1 percent (24-for-42) from the floor while holding Frostburg State to 30.4 percent (17-for-56). The 23 turnovers forced by Concord was a season best, and the 14 steals were two better than the previous season high against Seton Hill to open the season.
To close out the year, the men took on the University of Akron in an exhibition match Sunday; but the Lions couldn’t connect and fell to UA 100-50 Sunday afternoon at James A. Rhodes Arena.
CU held serve in the eight minutes of the game as sophomore guard Seth Brown sank two foul shots to get the Mountain Lions within six points of Akron, 17-11, at the 12:39 mark of the first half. Part of the early success for the Mountain Lions was them holding UA to 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from the floor.
However, the Zips were able to go on an 11-0 run after the two Brown free throws to open up a 28-11 lead with 9:37 remaining in the first half. And UA was able to keep its lead above 15 for the remainder of the first half. But, the Mountain Lions did make it difficult on Akron to make shots from three-point range as CU held the Zips to 18.8 percent from distance (3-for-16) in the first half.
Junior forward Liam Evans scored 15 with nine coming in the first half. Junior guard/forward Malik Johnson added 10 points. Junior forward David Bea Mulumba went for a team-high six rebounds.
The Concord Men’s team will start play next year at home against W. Liberty on Jan. 8, 2020. After a game on the road against Salem that took place on Wednesday before press deadline, the women return to action next year on the road on Jan. 4 when they take on UNC Greensboro.