Clark, Marino lead WVU Tech to win
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- Terrale Clark scored 15 points in the first half as WVU Tech took a 30-point lead en route to a 92-60 victory over overmanned and road-weary Maine at Fort Kent during a United States Collegiate Athletic Association game at the Neal Baisi Athletic Center on Thursday.
It was the 17th consecutive defeat spanning two seasons for the Bengals (0-15), who were playing the final game of a seven-day road trip that began last Saturday, included four games, crossed through seven states and covered more than 1,200 miles.
As for Tech (10-8), it was the Golden Bears' first game since a 79-65 victory over Shawnee State (Ohio) back on Dec. 17.
"This is a good first game back. We had a good week of practice," Tech Coach Bob Williams said. "The kids got to go home (for break) for a full two weeks. We played 17 games the first semester, I don't think anybody else in the country played that many games."
Former South Charleston standout Jaren Marino had 17 points to match Clark's 17, while David Rawlinson added 16.
Clark scored five of Tech's first nine points, and Marino had a putback with 9:02 left in the first half for a 25-7 lead for the hosts. Back-to-back steals and dunks by Marino and Clark pushed the advantage to 29-7 with 8:18 remaining in the first half.
Despite the lopsided victory, Williams was thinking about how to improve his team.
"We need some help inside," he said, "but I thought our defense was really good in the first half. I'm not happy they scored 60."
The help will come in the form of 6-foot-6 forward Jauries Thomas, a Louisiana native who averaged 11.1 points per game last season for Delgado Community College.
For now, they have relied heavily on Rawlinson, the team's leading scorer at 23.2 points, who played just 23 of the game's 40 minutes as Williams used his bench early and often.
Former Winfield point guard Cam Powell threaded the needle on a handful of assists and finished with seven, Floyd Campbell added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Kornilous Donnell chipped in with 10 points.
The Golden Bears had nine players score, including former Nitro and South Charleston point guard Eddie Gordon and former George Washington forward Joseph Saunders.
Tech forced 26 turnovers and had only 10 of its own. Tech also had 23 assists on 36 baskets, although the hosts were just 5-of-34 from 3-point range.
Yoshives Belizaire had 22 points for Maine Fort Kent, which was coming off a 102-52 loss to Point Park (Pa.) on Wednesday night.
Sean Doman added 13 and Curtis Bouchard 11 for the Bengals.
In Tech's first season in the USCAA, the Golden Bears are fifth in the conference's Top 25 rankings, and have 12 games remaining on their 2012-13 schedule.
Next for Tech is a 4 p.m. Saturday meeting at Salem International.
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