King hit two more free throws to push the Yellow Jackets' lead to three points with less than four seconds to go, and Javon Moore's final 3-point attempt hit the front of the rim as time ran out. The Cavaliers (10-15, 7-14 MEC) made just one of 17 3-pointers in the game, and couldn't take advantage of a 55-28 rebounding advantage, including a 28-2 advantage on the offensive boards.
The Yellow Jackets put some distance between them and the Cavaliers in the first half thanks to some accurate shooting from all over the floor. WVSU made seven straight shots in span, finishing the half making 17 of 31 (54.8 percent), including five of 10 from 3-point range.
Four of those five 3s came in the final 5:59 of the half, keyed by Bo King when he pulled up at the arc on a fast break and drilled a long shot to give the Yellow Jackets a 29-25 lead. King added another 3-pointer, then watched Terry Wood and Dimitrios Jelen-Joy each add a 3 of his own. West Virginia State pushed the lead to as much as eight points before heading into halftime with a 42-36 advantage.
The Cavaliers stayed in the game thanks to senior forward Deon Boyce, who finished the half with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The rest of UVa-Wise's roster couldn't boast Boyce's shooting touch. Those players combined to make just 10 of 31 from the floor, leaving the Cavaliers unable to take advantage of a commanding lead on the boards. UVa-Wise outrebounded WVSU 29-14 in the first 20 minutes, including a 15-1 advantage on the offensive glass.
Anton Hutchins scored 14 points for WVSU, while Dominic Phillips added 11. George scored 15 points for UVa-Wise, with Moore adding 12 on just 6-of-23 shooting.
King has been around the WVSU program for a long time. He mentioned his mother showing him letters from West Virginia State when she was being recruited there, and said he was proud to have been a part of the history found in Fleming Hall.
"A lot of great guys have come through here," King said. "My mom's a teacher here, so I've met them all, pretty much. I was thinking about those guys before the game and during the game, and I'm thinking about them right now. I'm just glad we were able to hold it down in 'The Pit' for the last game."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.