Bluefield College defeats WVU Tech men's basketball team
MONTGOMERY - Scoring hasn't been, and shouldn't be, a problem this season for the West Virginia Tech men's basketball team.
Led by one of the most prolific scorers in the country in David Rawlinson, the Golden Bears have scored at least 87 points in nine of their 10 games this season.
Rawlinson, a 6-foot senior guard, leads the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, a NAIA Division I league, with 26.4 points per game.
Unfortunately for Tech, they have to play defense, and the Golden Bears didn't do much of that on Tuesday.
Despite another solid night by the offense, Tech (7-3) allowed Bluefield College (Va.) to hit the century mark in dropping a 102-92 home decision at the Neal Baisi Gymnasium.
Four players scored at least 19 points for Bluefield (4-1), led by center Byron Carpenter's 28 points. Fellow post player Deante Hallums had 23 and guards Kearsten Marion and Andrew Wilson had 19 points each.
Bluefield shot 60 percent from the floor and scored at will with the inside game of Carpenter and Hallum, who combined for 21 rebounds. Wilson and Marion, meanwhile, combined to hit seven 3-pointers.
"It's frustrating. We pride ourselves on being good defensively," Tech Coach Bob Williams said. "That's a good team we played tonight. They are very talented and have an all American inside. Their two guards are so quick and can score as well.
"We couldn't get stops. We went to a 2-3 zone in the second half. That indicates we couldn't guard them man-to-man, which was very surprising to me. It was a disappointing night for Tech. They kicked our butts."
Both teams played at a frenetic pace, and with the Golden Bears trailing 71-67 midway through the second half, Marion went to work, connecting on all three of his 3-pointers in a two-minute span that gave Bluefield a commanding 87-75 lead.
The Bluefield sharpshooter was happy with the efficiency of the offense.
"It's great to score 100 points," Marion said. "We are trying to get there every time. We are a running team, like to put up points, and score quick. We wanted to go inside-out and we did a good job attacking."
Tech trailed 94-82 with 3 minutes to play but rallied, led by a couple of Terrale Clark 3-pointers to cut the lead to 95-92 with 39 seconds to play. Tech, though, wouldn't get any closer.
Clark and Rawlinson had huge games for Tech, combining to score 59 of the host's 92 points. Clark had team highs of 31 points and 14 rebounds while Rawlinson scored 28 points to go along with nine assists and three steals.
"David is a special player and having a special year," Williams said. "He leads the team in scoring, assists, steals, is up there in rebounding, and gets to the line more than anybody. He works really hard and makes everyone better.
"That was probably Terrale's career high in rebounds and assists. He is doing a great job for us. He's a three man and we are asking him to play out of position because we lost everybody inside last year. We are asking wing players to play inside."