The Bluefield State College Big Blues and Lady Blues finally got their seasons going, the former unsuccessfully against their inter-country rivals, and the latter successfully, though outnumbered.

The Currence Classic consolation game saw the Big Blues go against the Pikeville College Bears at Ned Shott Gym and fall 88-79, as the visitors out-shot the Big Blues in all three areas by considerable margins and outscoring them 19-10 over the last seven minutes of the game.

For PC, Josh Samarco went 3-9, 2-4 from three-point range and 7-8 from the free throw line for 15 points and Haakim Johnson went 13-17 for 31 points. Justin Hicks added 15 points on 5-12 shooting (5-10 from three-point range).

BSC was led by Brian Tingle’s 26 points in 12-of-15 shooting (plus 10 rebounds). Raylon Almon and Sean Witherspoon had 16 points each and Jerome Johnson added 10.


The Lady Blues’ numbers apparent shortage of players (only seven players suited up) did not hurt them against WVIAC rival Ohio Valley University last Tuesday as they took advantage of the foul trouble of their visitors to win 76-61 at Ned Shott Gym.

For the winners, Tamika Jeffries scored 15 and Christina Smyre and Lauren Broyles 14 each, with Broyles adding 18 rebounds.

Alana Auld led the Lady Scots, playing a non-conference game, with 19 points and eight rebounds. Brittany Taylor added 17 points and Kendra Benedict had 10 rebounds.

The Big Blues and the Bluefield College Ramblin’ Rams did not meet at the Currence Classic, but they renewed acquaintances at BC’s Dome Gymnasium Monday in the “Battle of the Bluefields” with the hosts winning 100-86.

BC (3-4) dominated the rebounding 54-23 with Omar Reed having 11 and Coryon Ross 10. Curtis Dixon had 20 points with Ross, Reed, Johnny Witherspoon, Laron Culmer and Borgia M’Bala adding 10 each.

BSC (0-3) was led by Almon with 33 points and Jevon Carpenter with 17.


The week for Bluefield College saw the Ramblin’ Rams challenge a NAIA power on the road and face potential match-ups with Concord and Bluefield State College in the Currence Classic as the highlights.

The former Raleigh County Armory, now the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, was the scene for the Rams’ challenge of Mountain State University, which ended with a 110-90 score in a game where MSU’s Anthony Pegram’s 38 points off-set Curtis Dixon’s 35 points for BC. Pegram’s performance included 30 in the second half, which included 15 points to help turn a six-point deficit into a nine-point lead in the second half. BC (2-3) managed to cut the score to 96-90 with 3:14 left before going cold.

MSU (7-1) also saw Bo Harris score 15 points, Marcus Hunter 14, Ermin Tarcin 12, plus 10 rebounds and Tony Brown and Greg Grimes 10 points each. BC saw Coryon Ross score 15 points and Omar Reed 11.


The Virgil L. “Stubby” Currence Classic’s opening round Friday saw the Rams face off against the only non-local team in the tournament at the Ned Shott Gymnasium at BSC, the Pikeville College Bears, and win 103-90.

BC (3-3) received 30 points from Dixon and 24, plus 11 rebounds, from Reed, as the team controlled the game, with the exception of a late Pikeville rally, thanks to the Reed (18 points in the first half), Dixon (20 in the second) and Ross (20 overall) trio dominating their counterparts. Johnny Witherspoon added 13 to the winners’ total.

Pikeville (5-3) dressed only nine players and had their leading scorer Josh Samarco suspended. They were led by Charles Bronson with 28 points and 11 rebounds, Haakim Johnson added 22 and eight, respectively, Justin Hick 11 and Ewan Linton 10.


It wasn’t a good shooting night for either the Lady Rams or the Lady Bears of WVU-Tech Tuesday as the visiting Rams, despite shooting only 28 percent from the field, edged the 34 percent shooting Lady Bears 43-41.

Brittany Whaley was the only double-figure scorer for BC with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jodi Smith added seven.

The Lady Bears also had a 55-45 rebounding advantage, but still lost despite Ashley Blaney’s 13 points and 12 rebounds.


The Lady Rams and Bluefield State Lady Blues opened the “Battle of the Bluefields” double-header Monday night at the Dome Gymnasium, with the hosts prevailing 75-62.

BC (6-6), who had 16 players to BSC’s seven, had Megan Ferrell score 21 points on seven three-pointers and forced 20 turnovers in the process of wearing down the Lady Blues (1-2). Whaley added eight points, Megan Criss had six rebounds and Kia Gilliard had four steals and four assists.

BSC was led by Princeton High School graduate Kelly Pawlowski with 19 points and six rebounds. Christina Smyre had 11 and Tamika Jeffries added 10, plus four steals and three assists. Kelsey Brewer had six boards.

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