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Sports briefs: Fairmont State men edge UC; Fairmont State and W.Va. State women win

By From staff reports

FAIRMONT - Isaiah Hill led Fairmont State with 20 points and eight rebounds Thursday night, as the Falcons (14-4, 12-2 West Virginia Conference) held on to beat visiting Charleston (13-5, 9-5) by a 83-81 score.

Hill led four Falcons in double figures, with Isaac Thornton finishing with 19 points, Chase Morgan with 18 and Malik Stith with 12. Hill is a Robert C. Byrd High School graduate, Thornton is from Martinsburg and Morgan from Wyoming East.

Terrell Lipkins led all scorers for Charleston with 29 points, while Evan Faulkner finished with 22.

Snyder, Fairmont State pull away from UC

FAIRMONT - Fairmont State senior guard Kaitlin Snyder narrowly missed a triple-double Thursday night, leading the Falcons to a 83-68 win over visiting Charleston.

Snyder, a Sissonville High School graduate and the 2012 West Virginia Conference Player of the Year, had team-highs with 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Snyder averaged just 5.8 rebounds per game entering the contest, and her previous high this season were the 10 she grabbed against Concord on Jan. 12.

The Falcons (13-6, 11-3 WVC) had five players score in double figures, with Tiffany Nicholson scoring 16 on 7-of-8 shooting.

Charleston (10-8, 7-7) trailed just 38-33 at halftime, and was led by Chelsea Brumby's 14 points. Jessi Cowden had 11 boards to lead the Golden Eagles.

Yellow Jacket women stun West Liberty

West Virginia State's Jasmine Blanton had a game-high 27 points while making 13-of-17 free throws, leading the Yellow Jackets to a surprising 73-70, come-from-behind win over visiting West Liberty on Thursday night in Institute.

The Hilltoppers (12-6, 10-4 WVC) led 39-27 at halftime, but poor shooting, particularly from 3-point range, doomed them after intermission. State took just five 3-point attempts the entire game and missed them all, but West Liberty's 7-for-20 shooting mark from long range, coupled with 21 total turnovers, enabled the Yellow Jackets (7-11, 7-8) to claw back into the game and ultimately escape with the win.

State's Asia Greenleaf, a Parkersburg South graduate, outdueled her high school teammate - West Liberty's Meghan Wiseman - in the matchup. Greenleaf finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Wiseman had 11 points and eight boards.

Jordan Brock (14 points) and India Taste (10) also scored in double figures for State.

Marshall women fall to East Carolina

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Marshall's women's basketball team fell to East Carolina, 54-47, on Thursday evening in Greenville, N.C.

The Thundering Herd is still searching for its first Conference USA win of the season, dropping to 6-13 (0-6 C-USA). The Pirates improved to 14-5 (4-2).

Senior Erica Woods led Marshall with 14 points, going 5-of-7 from the field and added 2-of-3 from behind the three-point arc.

Chukwuka Ezeigbo followed with 11 points and had a team-high nine rebounds. Suporia Dickens added eight points and six rebounds, and also led the defense with two steals and a block.

The Herd returns to the Cam Henderson Center for its next game against Memphis. Tip off begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Herd tennis team set to face UK, Indiana

HUNTINGTON - Marshall's women's tennis team will kickstart a stretch of eight consecutive home matches this weekend when it plays host to Kentucky and No. 51 Indiana.

The matches, set for noon today and 10 a.m. Sunday, respectively, will take place at the Huntington Tennis Club in Barboursville.

Marshall (2-1) is coming off its first loss of the season - a 4-3 decision at WVU - while Kentucky (2-0) enters the weekend having lost only two sets in two decisions.

Kentucky defeated Marshall 5-2 last season but owns only that victory in the last three meetings between the schools.

No. 51 Indiana (4-0) has posted a quartet of 7-0 victories over the first two weeks of the spring season. IU Coach Lin Loring, whose 714 all-time wins is most in women's tennis history, will look to keep the Hoosiers undefeated.

Marshall track team headed to Akron

HUNTINGTON - Marshall's track and field team travels to Akron, Ohio, this weekend for the 9th annual Akron Invitational held at Stiles Field House today and Saturday.

Events run from 4-6:30 p.m. today and then from 9:30 a.m.-6:05 p.m. Saturday.



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