The WVU Tech men’s basketball team christened the 2013-14 campaign with a 108-64 victory over visiting University of Cincinnati-Clermont Saturday afternoon. The action at the Baisi Athletic Center took place during homecoming festivities.
Three Golden Bears registered a double-double to pace the triumph. Senior forward Armond Perez led Tech with 22 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. Junior guard Jaren Marino logged 14 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with three assists and a steal. Junior forward Jauries Thomas grabbed a total of 13 boards (five offensive, eight defensive) and scored 12 points.
Leading the offensive attack was Brandon Burgraff, who totaled 19 points on the strength of 5-for-9 accuracy from the 3-point line. He also had two steals and two assists.
Also hitting double-digits in the scoring column for Tech were Leon Cooper Jr. (13) and Ra’shaud Kincaid (12). Floyd Campbell contributed nine points and seven rebounds.
As a team, Tech was 42-for-82 from the floor, including 10-for-20 from beyond the arc.
Tech commanded an early lead and never relinquished it during the entire game, according to www.goldenbearathletics.com. The lead reached 30 points at one point in the opening 20-minute segment, with Tech settling on a 52-27 cushion at the break.
Thomas started off the second half with a jumper in the paint only 20 seconds in off a Perez assist, and the Tech margin eventually stretched to 48 points when Cooper found Perez for a layup at the 10:26 mark.
The WVU Tech defense forced 12 turnovers and picked up eight steals.
For the visitors, Darwin Tolliver netted a game-high 24 points. Kendall Beamon added 15 and Talmadge Bell 13.
Tech returns to the Baisi Center court for a 7 p.m. contest on Nov. 5 with Salem International University.
- - -
The WVU Tech women’s basketball team dropped its season opener to Point Park University 68-50 on Saturday.
Tech was led by Cheyanna Lusk’s 12 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists. Freshman Elizabeth Evans registered nine points and two assists for the Golden Bears.
Roche Wimberly and Cierra Mobley scored eight points apiece. Wimberly grabbed five boards while Mobley brought down four rebounds.
The Golden Bears were within two points, 15-13, with 6:42 left in the first half before the Pioneers knocked down a 3-pointer to expand the lead. Point Park used a 16-5 run over the final portion of the first half to extend its lead to 32-18 going into halftime.
Point Park led by as many as 27 points in the second half on its way to the triumph.
Teresa Davis scored 17 points to power the winners.
WVU Tech plays at Bluefield (Va.) at 4 p.m. on Nov. 5.