ATHENS — The Mountain Lions were on the road this week with games against Wheeling Jesuit and West Liberty colleges. Both the women and the men
They fought well over the Cardinals, but only the women prevailed against the Hill Toppers.
Thursday, Jan 17 had the Concord women leading a wire-to-wire win over Wheeling Jesuit giving the Lions their sixth straight win in the season. The Mountain Lions raced to a 25-8 lead in the first quarter and shot 59% from the floor on their way to the win. The Cardinals scored 20 points off of turnovers in the setback but shot 26% on the evening.
Andreanna Pool and Riley Fitzwater both scored 21 points for Concord (11-3, 7-2). Fitzwater tallied eight rebounds and five blocks while Pool dished out six assists in the win. Madison May and Maggie Guynn both chipped in 12 points. Khira Burton scored a team-high 14 points for Wheeling Jesuit (3-12, 1-8) followed by Chenelle Moore with 11 points and 12 boards.
For the game, the Mountain Lions shot 58.6 percent (34-for-58)—a season best shooting the ball. It also marked the fourth straight game in which Concord has shot better than 50 percent from the field. On the defensive end, CU limited the Cardinals to 26 percent shooting (20-for-77) and 10.7 percent (3-for-28) from three-point range.
Following that, the 94-84 win against West Liberty that followed on Saturday was key for MEC play at the ASRC and racked up a seventh straight win. Concord held a 50-37 advantage on the glass and took advantage of 41 trips to the free throw line making 27. Madison May’s 29 points and nine rebounds helped key the Mountain Lions to the victory. Riley Fitzwater scored 10 points and pulled down 17 rebounds and added five blocks; tallying her 500th career rebound, becoming the 12th player in program history to reach the milestone. Fitzwater now has 513 career rebounds in 43 games played.
Emily Boothe was 8-of-10 from the field and finished with 19 points. Marissa Brown’s 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks were not enough for the ‘Toppers (9-7, 6-4) in the loss. Morgan Brunner added 17 points off the bench and Audrey Tingle had 10 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
The men started on the road racking up a hefty win over Wheeling Jesuit, 88-68; but fell to the Hilltoppers 108-109 in double-overtime play.
The contests started on Thursday, Jan. 17 where Concord built a commanding 50-25 lead over the Cardinals and never looked back. The Mountain Lions built their lead to as many as 35 points in the second half before securing the win. Thursday was an outstanding night for the Mountain Lions from three-point range as they knocked in a season-best 17 triples and shot 50 percent from behind the arc. It was the most three-pointers by a CU team since the season opener during the 2016-17 season when they made 18 versus Fayetteville State.
Wheeling Jesuit opened the game with a narrow 7-5 lead before Concord responded with a 12-0 run to pull away by double-digit points. The Cardinals were unable to recover from the early deficit in the first half and trailed by 20 or more points through the duration of the contest.
Jair Rodgers scored 26 points for Concord (10-4, 6-3) with David Mulumba recording 20 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Kennedy added 14 points for the Mountain Lions and Jafar Musa tallied 10 boards in the win.
DeAndre Robinson paced Wheeling Jesuit (1-14, 0-9) with 24 points in the loss. Franck Kamgain added 11 for the Cardinals.
It was a nail-biter on Saturday afternoon for the men’s team; but in double-overtime, the Lions couldn’t overcome the late rally by West Liberty and was edged 109-108 at the ASRC.
A close game throughout, West Liberty took its largest lead of the game at 78-69 with just 3:36 to go after a Dalton Bolon three. Tommy Bolte sparked Concord’s rally scoring 14 of the team’s final 17 points and made a layup at the end of regulation to force overtime.
With West Liberty leading by three with less than 10 seconds left, CU’s Brandon Kennedy hit a three to force a second overtime period. Trailing 105-103 with 2:03 left in the second overtime, Bolte hit a three to put the Mountain Lions up by one. Bolon and Bolte traded made baskets, and Bolon sank a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left for the decisive points. Bolte was called for a charge on CU’s next possession, but he managed to poke the ball loose as West Liberty tried to bring the ball up the court giving Concord one last chance. With under five seconds left, Jair Rodgers took an inbounds pass and made drove through the lane, but his running jumper would not go down.
Bolon led West Liberty (13-2, 9-1) with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Meininger also had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Yahel Hill had 19 points and four assists, while Will Yoakum added 17 points and six rebounds.
Bolte led all players with 41 points for Concord (10-5, 6-4). Bolte scored 29 of his 41 points in the final four minutes of regulation and the two overtime sessions. He also had eight rebounds, six assists and five steals. David Mulumba added 21 points and Rodgers chipped in 15 points.
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