West Virginia State University defeated UVa-Wise 78-76 on November 21 to spoil the Cavalier’s home opener.
The Cavs took an early 9-3 lead in the first quarter before West Virginia State went on a tear to take a 13-11 lead. The game was back and forth the rest of the first half as Wise led 26-22 late in the second quarter. Heading into the half, the Yellow Jackets had a 41-36 lead.
In the first half of the game, UVa-Wise posted a 36.8 shooting percentage from the field while West Virginia State shot 45.5 percent. Dimitri Sousa led the Cavs in scoring in the first half with 10 points. Leandro Amador added seven points of his own in the first half.
UVa-Wise stepped up their scoring in the second half as they shot 52 percent from the field compared to the Yellow Jackets’ 38.2 percent. The Cavs came back from a 10 point deficit to take a one-point lead with six minutes left in the game.
The Yellow Jackets regained the lead by taking over 74-67. However, with 36 seconds left, a jump shot by Michal Seals tied the game up at 76-76.
Ernest Jenkins Jr. stole an inbound pass from Sousa and put up a 3-point attempt that miss. Jenkins was fouled on the shot with 0.2 seconds left and sunk two shots from the charity stripe. Jenkins’ trip to the foul line brought the final score to 78-76.
Dimitri Sousa finished with 24 points. Seals capped his game with 16 points of his own to go with five assists. DeMarcus Edwards scored nine points off the bench, making three 3-point shots.
West Virginia State was led in scoring by Jayson Hankins with 16 points, followed by Brent Bauer with 15 points, respectively.
The Cavaliers’ next home game is Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the David J. Prior Convocation Center.