Men's Basketball

Freshmen could be factor in Marshall-West Virginia rivalry

A group of freshmen getting significant playing time for both teams will be introduced to the Capital Classic when Marshall and West Virginia meet Wednesday night at the Charleston Civic Center.

Darryl Bryant and Devin Ebanks have combined for 22 starts so far this season for West Virginia (11-4), while Kevin Jones has averaged 17 minutes off the bench.

Marshall (8-7) also is getting solid minutes from three freshmen.

Dago Pena scored a career-high 14 points in an eight-point win Saturday over East Carolina. Damier Pitts is Marshall's second-leading scorer at nearly 11 points per game.

Bryant, who replaced the injured Joe Mazzulla in the starting lineup, is the team's third-best scorer at 10 points per game and leads the team in assists.

The way things have gone in this intrastate series, the freshmen could make the difference.

One of the most memorable games in the series came in 1999 when J.R. VanHoose, a freshman from Paintsville, scored six points in a 1:38 span of overtime to give Marshall a seemingly safe five-point lead with a minute left. But then WVU freshman Lionel Armstead hit two three-pointers in the final 39 seconds, one with two seconds left that gave the Mountaineers an 85-84 win.

Marshall will try to break a two-game losing streak in the series and hopes to get another great performance from Tyler Wilkerson, a junior forward from Lafayette who has been on a hot streak of late. He's averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds in his last three games.

Tide's Steele may miss Mississippi State game

Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried said point guard Ronald Steele is doubtful for Wednesday night's game at Mississippi State with a heel injury.

Steele sustained the injury to his right heel during the Crimson Tide's Southeastern Conference opener against Louisiana State.


Lindsey Wilson 81, Brescia 77: The Blue Raiders scored the game's final nine points in double overtime to beat visiting Brescia (12-6). Junior guard Eric McPherson scored seven of those points and finished with 32 as Lindsey Wilson (13-2) brought an end to the Bearcats' seven-game winning streak.

Berea 83, Cincinnati Christian 76: Mikah Turner had 23 points and seven rebounds in the Mountaineers win at home.

Kentucky Christian 74, Ohio Christian 71: Kalen Jones scored 21 points and Svetomir Illic had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the host Knights.


Marquette 75, No. 10 Notre Dame 65: Angel Robinson scored 19 and Krystal Ellis added 18 to help Marquette upset Notre Dame.

It was Marquette's first win over a top-10 team.

Lexington Catholic graduate Natalie Novosel had 10 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Irish.

Indiana-Southeast 72, Berea 71 (2OT): Annbruce Madden scored 22 points and Kristen Madden had 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Lady Mountaineers' double overtime loss at home.

Spalding 67, Asbury 60: Jackie Skaggs had 16 points and eight rebounds in the Lady Eagles win in Wilmore. Ellen Gray, who hit four three-pointers, led Asbury with 16 points.