The UVa-Wise men’s basketball team stands with an overall record at 7-12 with two back to back heartbreaking losses in overtime.
The Cavaliers, led by redshirt senior Taiwo Badmus, just wrapped up a long home stand in which the team had dropped four games straight.
The team started the season with three losses, but bounced back to even up their record at 3-3 with a route of Berea College 103-70. Badmus led the Cavs in points, dropping 24 points and 3 three pointers made.
UVa-Wise then won a close matchup against West Virginia State Institute, WV 83-81.
After pulling out the win, Wise would drop two games with a combined deficit of four points. A bright spot for the Cavaliers during this stretch was the emergence of Michal Seals as a scorer, reaching 43 points combined in the two losses.
The team would then pick up a convincing win at Glenville State 82-65. The Cavaliers took another win from Milligan College before dropping six games straight, including two overtime losses at home to West Virginia State and Concord University.
UVa-Wise led the Mountain Lions by six at halftime, and by more than 10 at one point during the second half. Concord stormed back late in the second half, scoring 38 points to force overtime.
The Cavs would then run out of steam, being outscored in overtime 11-8. Seals put together another respectable stat line, putting in 30 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Seals leads the Mountain East Conference in assists, averaging 7.1 per game.
The Cavaliers then defeated West Virginia Wesleyan 61-50 in a low scoring affair. Badmus led the scoring in the game with 32 points, while West Virginia State’s leading scorer, Aaron Ariri, netted 8 points.
Cavalier men will be on the road this week to take on No. 1 West Liberty on Feb. 1 and No. 23 Wheeling Jesuit on Feb. 3.