UVa-Wise men go 4-3 in January

The UVa-Wise men’s basketball team had a six game winning streak midway through the month, but had it snapped.

January 3
UVa-Wise 82 Bluefield College 72

Junior guard Darius Smith (2) goes up for a layup against St. Catharine College in the Jan. 19 matchup. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier
Junior guard Darius Smith (2) goes up for a layup against St. Catharine College in the Jan. 19 matchup. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier

Junior forward Deon Boyce made his Cavalier debut, scoring 14 points and grabbing 24 rebounds. Sophomore guard Javon Moore led the Cavs with 21 points.

January 10
UVa-Wise 81 Cumberland University 80 (2 OT)

Boyce, in his first game in the Prior Center, collected 22 points and 24 rebounds. Moore led the Cavs again with 24 points and six steals. Junior guard Darius Smith hit the game-winning free throw with half a second left on the clock in double overtime.

January 12
UVa-Wise 69 #1 University of the Cumberlands 54

The Cavs used a game-high 25 points from Moore and 23 rebounds from Boyce to take down the No. 1 team in the country. Freshman forward Matt Day contributed 13 points and senior forward Jermaine Wright finished with 12 points. With the win, UVa-Wise knocked down the NAIA’s top-ranked team for the first time in school history in any sport.

January 19
UVa-Wise 68 St. Catharine College 61

After collecting the win over St. Catharine, the Cavs found themselves with a six-game winning streak dating back to December. Moore led the Cavs once again, finishing with a stat line of 22 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Boyce kept his streak of grabbing 15 or more rebounds, by finishing with 10 points and 18 rebounds. Smith did what he does best by running the offense, finishing with nine points and eight assists.

January 21
Georgetown College 94 UVa-Wise 88

Freshman Matt Day goes up for a basket against Georgetown College on Jan. 21. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier
Freshman Matt Day goes up for a basket against Georgetown College on Jan. 21. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier

The Cavs’ winning streak came to end with hot shooting by Georgetown. The Tigers were down by as many as 18 points to the Cavs, but battled back to take the victory. Boyce led the Cavs with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Moore finished with 21 points. Smith contributed with 13 points and a game-high nine assists.

January 24
#25 Cumberlands 73 UVa-Wise 71

In what turned out to be a back-and-forth battle between the teams, the Cavs lost a heartbreaker. Day didn’t disappoint as he returned to his home state to take on the Patriots and scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Moore contributed 17 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

January 26
Cumberland University 88 UVa-Wise 66

The Cavs were short four key players to team rules violations in this must-win Conference road win. The Cavs trailed 49-34 at halftime, but couldn’t cut into the deficit. Freshman guard Charles George led the way for the Cavs with a game-high 25 points. The Cavs also placed three others in double-figures with 10 or more points from Boyce, Day, and freshman guard Paul Evans.

Jordan Childress

Senior communication studies major Jordan Childress is currently The Highland Cavalier's sports editor for the 2013-2014 academic year. He previously served as the assistant sports editor.

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