The UVa-Wise men’s basketball team controlled its own destiny at the end of the season. The Cavaliers finished 10th in the final Mountain East Conference standings.
The Cavs were set to face the No. 7 seed in Wheeling Jesuit University as the Cardinals hosted the Cavs to their home court.
During the regular season both teams split the series by winning on the road.
The Cavs traveled to Wheeling, W.Va., on March 4 to take on the Cards.
The hot shooting Cards hit 12 three-pointers and shot over 60 percent from the field en route to a 105-82 victory over the Cavs.
Senior Deon Boyce led the Cavs with a 29-point performance.
Boyce also grabbed eight rebounds to give him 399 on the season which is a school record for rebounds in a season.
Boyce’s 29 points were not enough for the Cavs, as the Cards had three players score more than 25 points.
The Cards were led by Justin Fritts who poured in a game-high 32 points.
Sophomore Charles George finished with 18 points while junior Javon Moore finished with 13 points.
Senior James Turner finished his last collegiate game with two points.
Head coach Blake Mellinger finished his first season 11-16 at the helm of the Cavs.
The UVa-Wise women’s basketball team fared better than the men in their first round matchup.
Head coach Kristin Kunzman’s Cavalier women’s basketball team picked up the first ever Mountain East Conference Tournament win with a March 4 81-67 blowout win over the home standing Notre Dame College Falcons.
The Cavs opened up the game on a 5-0 run and led 41-32 at halftime.
With the start of the second half, the Falcons came out fighting but it proved too little as the Cavs cruised to an upset first round victory.
Sophomore Makenzie Cluesman led the Cavs with 21 points while senior Reynesha Archer, juniors Kenzie Poindexter and Katie Jo Lester finished with 12 points each.
With the win, the Cavs moved on to face the number two seeded West Liberty Hilltoppers March 6.
The hot shooting Hilltoppers topped the Cavs 82-57 to put an end the Cavs season.
The Hilltoppers connected on 10 three-pointers in the first half to take a 43-30 lead to the half.
The Cavs were unable to mount a comeback in the second half as they dropped an 82-57 decision to the Hilltoppers.
Archer finished her collegiate career with a game-high 22 points.
Kunzman’s Cavs finished the season with 10-18 record in their inaugural season of MEC play.