ATHENS — The Lions took to the road this week, facing Frostburg and Fairmont State before returning home to battle Wheeling. Although both teams struggled on the road, once they returned to the Carter Center on Wednesday, the Lions roared back with both teams picking up wins.
Starting the action in Frostburg, Md., The men’s team fell 65-68 on a late three-pointer by the Bobcats Thursday night.
The evening started good for Concord as they held a 65-61 lead with 3:39 remaining after a three-pointer from senior guard Martin Kelly Jr. However, FSU did not allow the Mountain Lions to score down the stretch of the game and tied the score at 65-65 with 1:48 left.
Neither team could find the lead until Terry Kenner hit a three-pointer in the right corner with 1.4 seconds left to push Frostburg State ahead by three. The ensuing CU possession was thwarted as the Bobcats intercepted a three quarter-court pass as the horn sounded.
Brisco led all scorers as he added eight rebounds. Defensively, he held Frostburg State’s Daniel Alexander, the MEC’s second-leading scorer to 15 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
Kelly Jr. finished with his second career double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Liam Evans had 12 points. Sophomore guard Brandon Kennedy just missed a double-double with seven points and eight rebounds.
The women faired no better, also losing by three 51-54 at Bobcat arena.
The Lady Lions were held to 16 points in the first half and 14.2 percent (4-for-28) shooting in the opening 20 minutes of the contest. FSU was held to 24 first-half points by Concord.
After the slow start, senior forward Madison May led a spurt out of the locker room as she went on a personal 8-0 run over the first 3:10 of the third quarter. The stingy defense carried over to the third quarter for CU as it limited the Bobcats to eight points in the period.
A layup from freshman guard Jazz Blankenship with 53 seconds left in the third and a second layup from junior forward Riley Fitzwater with under 10 seconds remaining gave the Mountain Lions a 33-32 lead heading to the fourth.
After going back-and-forth in the early stages of the fourth quarter, Frostburg State went on an 8-0 run to create a nine-point advantage, 49-40, with 4:20 remaining.
The Mountain Lions made five of their next six foul shots, and a three-pointer from sophomore guard Maggie Guynn cut the FSU lead to 51-48 with 1:10 left in the contest. But, the Bobcats were able to hold off the late comeback from Concord as a three-pointer at the buzzer fell short.
Aided by a strong second half, May tallied a game-best 21 points and added eight rebounds. Guynn poured in 16 points. Fitzwater scored just five points, but grabbed 10 rebounds and had four blocks in the loss.
The Mountain Lions next challenger was the Falcons of Fairmont State on Saturday; and the men although they had an 18-3 second-half run, they were not able to rally fast enough as they fell 71-79.
Trailing by one at halftime, 35-34, CU watched the Fighting Falcons hit 11 of their first 13 attempts in the second half to open up a 64-45 lead on Concord at the 11:07 mark of the second half.
However, the Mountain Lions countered with their own spurt. Over the next 7:16 of the contest, CU held Fairmont State to 1-of-9 from the field and forced three FSU turnovers while going on the aforementioned 18-3 run. Evans tossed in eight of his 15 points in the run while Kelly tallied five points.
With CU down 67-63 at the 3:51 mark, Fairmont State scored the next eight points to stall the Concord comeback attempt.
Junior forward David Bea Mulumba threw in a career-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds for his third career double-double. Evans (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Kelly Jr. (14 points, 11 rebounds) also had double-doubles.
Freshman guard Ethan Heller added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
The women took the earlier loss to heart and rolled past Fairmont Saturday, 89-72 shooting 64.9 percent (37-for-57) from the floor.
The Lady Lions opened up the game by shooting 75 percent from the field and outscoring Fairmont State 23-11 in the opening quarter. The hot shooting continued into the second period as the Mountain Lions hit on 10-of-15 shots to carry a 44-31 lead into halftime.
The real offensive explosion came in the third quarter as Concord converted 14-of-18 attempts (77.8 percent). After scoring just four points in the first half, Guynn erupted for nine points in the first four minutes of the third quarter.
Up 57-40 after Guynn’s jumper at the six-minute mark, CU end the third period on a 19-6 run as junior guard Keely Lundy gave the Mountain Lions a 30-point advantage, 76-46, late in the quarter on one of her three three-pointers in the contest. Concord’s field-goal mark for the game is the second highest in single game in the history of the MEC, trailing only Shepherd’s 65.1 percent against West Virginia State last January.
Fitzwater led all scorers in the game with 23 to go with 13 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. Guynn finished with 17 points. Lundy dumped in a career-best 15 points. The trio combined to go 23-of-28 from the field. Guynn and Lundy made 5-of-6 three-point attempts between them.
Once at home, the men’s team posted its best shooting percentage in 49 games as it topped the century mark in a 101-75 win over Wheeling Wednesday night.
Concord came flying out of the gate as it opened the game on an 18-4 run over the first 4:49 of the contest. The early scoring was led by Kennedy and Mulumba who combined for 14 of the 18 points.
The largest lead of the first half for CU came on a driving layup by sophomore guard Kam Harris at the 10:07 mark as Concord led by 20 points, 28-8. And the Maroon and Gray re-established the same advantage after Kennedy hit for three of his 13 first-half points to stretch the lead to 31-11.
After the Cardinals hit a three-pointer to start the second half, Concord outscored Wheeling 21-10 over the next six minutes to open up a 66-45 lead. The lead remained at least 20 points for the remainder of the contest.
The final two Concord buckets came from redshirt freshman forward Gavin Pruett who pushed CU over 100 points for the first time this season with 13 seconds left in the game.
Mulumba and Heller tied for the game high in scoring as Mulumba canned all eight shots he attempted on the night, including all four three-pointers. For Mulumba, it’s the fourth-most made shots in an MEC game without a miss in the league’s history.
The women made it two in a row with an 88-51 win over Wheeling at the Carter Center. After shooting 64.9 percent at Fairmont State over the weekend, CU (15-8, 11-6 MEC) picked up right it left off as it shot 55.2 percent (32-for-58) in the win Wednesday night over the Cardinals (9-14, 8-9 MEC).
The Mountain Lions opened up an 18-6 lead six minutes into the game after a layup from Guynn. Wheeling answered with a quick 6-0 spurt to get the Concord lead back to single digits. However, freshman guard Ashton Funderburg knocked in a three-pointer with 48 seconds left in the first quarter, and Guynn hit one of her two triples in the game at the end of the period to stretch the lead back to double digits—a place it would remain for the rest of the game.
CU held a 49-21 advantage at halftime as Fitzwater had already put together 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in the opening 20 minutes. She finished with 23 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks in 27 minutes.
Wheeling started the second half on a 9-3 run to cut the advantage to 51-30, but 12 of the next 14 points belonged to Concord capped by a three-pointer from junior guard Keely Lundy—one of four in the game for the Galax, Virginia native—to get the lead back to 31 points.
The Mountain Lions led by 40 points two different times in the game, 82-42 and 85-45, before settling for the 37-point win.
Fitzwater led all scorers in the game as she notched her 14th double-double of the season. A game after tallying a career-high 15 points at Fairmont State, Lundy set another career best with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting Wednesday.
Guynn tossed in 15 points, and senior forward Madison May netted 10 points. Sophomore guard Gracie Robinson had just seven points, but tied her career high with seven assists.
While shooting 55 percent, Concord held WU to 31.7 percent (20-for-63). CU also had a 41-30 advantage in rebounding.
The Mountain Lions hit the road again Saturday where the women start play at 2 p.m. with the men following at 4 p.m.