Women’s Game: Concord 71, Wheeling Jesuit 70.
Thursday Night at the Carter Center experienced highs and lows as the Concord University Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams hosted the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals.
The Women’s game tipped off just after 5:30 p.m. The Mountain Lions trailed by six after the first quarter, lead by 3 at the half, and managed to edge out the Cardinals by a final of 71-70.
Heather Chapman was fouled with only a few seconds to go in the game. She connected on one of her two free throws, and that would be the game-changing shot for Concord (5-7, 3-6 MEC).
Wheeling Jesuit (6-9, 4-5 MEC) was lead offensively by Monica Burns, who scored 29 points and shot 50% from the field. Concord received another strong performance from their 6’4″ Freshman, Riley Fitzwater. She scored 22 points, added 26 rebounds, and fell just short of a triple-double with “only” 9 blocked shots.
Next up for Concord, they’ll host West Liberty University on Saturday in Athens.
Men’s Game: Wheeling Jesuit 69, Concord 67.
The Men’s Game got started around 7:30 at the Carter Center, with Wheeling Jesuit coming in ranked #19 in the country.
Concord lead for most of the 1st half lead by Tommy Bolte’s 12 points, and B.J. Hamlet’s 10. The Mountain Lions went in to the locker room with a seven-point advantage over the Cardinals.
Concord kept that lead through the first ten minutes of the second half before Wheeling Jesuit mounted their comeback. Late in the game, and trailing by one point, Concord was forced to foul, and were unable to make any shots from the field in the closing minute.
Wheeling Jesuit (12-2, 8-1 MEC) was lead by Pat Moseh who hit a crucial three-pointer late in the game and finished with a team-high 18 points. Concord (8-6, 5-4 MEC) shot 31% from beyond the arc and were lead by Tommy Bolte’s 23 points and 6 assists.
The schedule won’t get any easier for the Mountain Lions as they prepare to face the #3-ranked West Liberty Hilltoppers on Saturday following the Women’s game.