Montgomery, WV- The Alice Lloyd Eagles battled the home-standing West Virginia Tech Golden Bears in a big RSC matchup Tuesday in Montgomery, West Virginia. The hosts, ranked 25th nationally, had a battle on their hands for one-half before pulling away in the second to win, 96-69.
In the first twenty minutes, WV Tech exploded out of the gates. Fired up by three quick dunks, they pulled ahead 18-6 at the 14:26 mark.
Fortunately, sparked by the play of senior forward Mason Pack and freshman guard Blake Smith, the Eagles went on a run of their own. Over the next six minutes, they went on a 16-7 spurt to trail by only three (25-22).
The Golden Bears then started feeding their all-conference guard Ryan Adkins who took over for his squad. His flurry of jumpers helped WV Tech extend their lead back to double digits (39-29).
Once again, the visitors clawed back. Despite 16 points from Adkins, a Smith jumper just before the half found ALC only trailing 46-40 at intermission.
In the second half, the Golden Bears would continue to be challenged and would find their lead reduced to only five (65-60) after ALC junior point guard Austin Crisp swished two free throws with 12:41 left. Unfortunately, from that juncture, WV would respond.
Over the next seven minutes, Tech would clamp down on the defensive end and go on a massive 18-2 run. When the dust had finally settled with 5:11 remaining, the hosts had an insurmountable 83-62 lead.
For ALC (7-15; 3-7 RSC), Smith led the way with 17 points. He was joined in double figures by Crisp with 13 and Pack with 11. Sophomore forward Chance Cornett led the club with 7 rebounds while Crisp dished out 9 assists.
On the night, Alice Lloyd shot 39.7% (23-58) from the field and 25 % (7-28) from long range. They were also 69.6% (16-23) from the charity stripe. Additionally, they registered 32 rebounds, 15 assists, and 5 steals.
WV Tech (14-5; 7-1 RSC) was led by Adkins with 29 points. His club connected on a blistering 61.1% (33-54)) from the field and 43.8 % (7-15) from long range. They sank 63.9% (23-36) from the charity line and also had 38 rebounds, 19 assists, and 6 steals.
The Eagles return to action this weekend when they travel to Pittsburg, PA to face two River States Conference foes. They play the Carlow Celtics at 8:00 pm Friday and stay in the big city to battle the Point Park Pioneers Saturday at 2:00 pm.