West Liberty sweeps Blue Knights


Urbana University traded blows with No. 3 West Liberty early on inside a packed Grimes Center, but the Hilltoppers scorched the nets by shooting 61 percent to move past the Blue Knights, 133-95, in MEC men’s basketball action Monday night.

Sophomore guard Carlas Jackson led five Blue Knights in double figures by pouring in 23 points. UU shot 49 percent overall and made seven 3-pointers.

Freshman Justin Johnson scored a career-high on 6-of-7 shooting, while freshman Jahmere Howze reached double digits for the fifth straight contest with 12 points. Freshman Austin Adams and senior Mike Newton each grabbed a team-high six rebounds and chipped in 11 points apiece.

Back-to-back offensive rebounds and putbacks from Adams gave UU a 12-10 lead, and then freshman Justin Johnson owned the paint with an old-fashioned three-point play to give UU a 16-14 advantage at the first media timeout.

The Blue Knights were strong in the post during the first half, outrebounding the Hilltoppers 22-19 while converting 11 second-chance points.

UU stayed close for the majority of the first stanza, and trailed 46-40 after a Jackson jumper at the 5:32 mark.

But that was as close as UU would get the rest of the game, as West Liberty used a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to gain a 55-40 lead.

West Liberty stayed hot the rest of the way, led by Segar Bonifant, who scored a game-high 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting.

A Howze free throw cut the deficit to 14 with 14:52 left in the game, but UU never got back within single digits of the Hilltoppers, who averaged 113 points per game entering the game.

UU will continue its four-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts Davis & Elkins for a 4 p.m. tipoff at the Grimes Center.

In the earlier game on Monday, UU’s women’s basketball team fell to West Liberty, 95-79.

For UU, Danie Shafer poured in a game-high 31 points, Stefanie Davis had 14 points and Jazmyn Haley contributed 13 points and eight rebounds.

Urbana University’s Megan Beachy slashes toward the basket Monday against visiting West Liberty.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2015/11/web1_MeganBeachy112315.jpgUrbana University’s Megan Beachy slashes toward the basket Monday against visiting West Liberty.

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