Mountain Lions Nip Rams
Concord University left Bluefield with a two-game sweep of the 2010 Currence Classic, after defeating the Bluefield College Rams 83-76 in Saturday's early game at the Ned Shott Gymnasium.
November 28, 2010
By TOM BONE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Egor Shakhmetov used all of his 7 ft. tall frame against Concord.
BLUEFIELD — Concord University left Bluefield with a two-game sweep of the 2010 Currence Classic, after defeating the Bluefield College Rams 83-76 in Saturday's early game at the Ned Shott Gymnasium.
The Mountain Lions shot 59.4 percent from the field in the first half to take a 49-37 advantage at the break. Concord began the game with a 7-2 splurge but the Rams went on an 8-0 run to take a brief 16-13 lead.
The inside play of Rick Alderman and Zack Williams helped Concord re-establish a comfortable margin, despite the fact that they were working around Bluefield's 7-foot center Egor Shakhmetov and his understudy, a hefty 6-foot-7 Marcus Jackson.
"They've got two huge guys, said Concord head coach Steve Cox, "and those guys have pretty good hands and a pretty good touch in there. Both of our post men are smaller, but they have some quickness and some footwork inside.
"We wanted to attack down there, and we had some limited success."
Alderman was game-high scorer with 26 points, going 11-for-16 from the floor. He also led all rebounders with 11 of Concord's 37 boards.
He said, "I'm not the tallest center in the league, but I use my quickness effectively when I play taller guys."
Concord's Javaughn Acree-Manuel chipped in 14 points, two more steals and six assists, after his 37-point effort on Friday night in a 91-82 win over host Bluefield State.
Cox said, "Tonight he didn't shoot as well, but he still has a huge impact on the game. They've to work hard to defend him, and he had some great finishes on the break. And he had some nice feeds into the post."
Meanwhile, Cory Willard provided a threat from outside that drew some attention, though he made two of five trey attempts. Cox said, "I thought it really helps to have him in there, so people can't zero in on Javaughn."
There was no score for the first 3:43 of the second half, but after that the Rams, playing without two usual starters, chipped away at Concord's lead.
Jewuan Wynn closed the gap to four points when he hit a pair of free throws with 9:46 left in the game.
Alderman then lunged to the basket at the other end and forced Jackson into fouling out. Alderman's resulting foul shot gave the Mountain Lions a 64-57 lead, and Concord matched Bluefield's scoring pace the rest of the way. Shakhmetov also fouled out, with 7:20 left.
Cox said, "This game got close enough that we had to execute under pressure, and we did. ... That's a good sign."
Bluefield College head coach Richard Morgan said, "We've just got to sustain our intensity for the whole game. We're still fighting to get the edge to where we can do it all night, every night.
"But I can't fault their effort tonight. They played extremely hard. I got contributions from all our guys. ... I think we found some guys on the bench today, and consequently, we're going to be tough down the road.
"And that's the whole fight. This fight is about the end of the journey, and not the beginning."
Wynn had 10 points in the second half to finish with 16, tied with Rob Wright for high scoring honors for the Rams. Ted O'Boute grabbed eight rebounds, all on defense, and Wright dished six assists.
Concord returns to action next Saturday, Dec. 4, for a 4 p.m. home game with Seton Hill. The Rams also play their next game on that date, an exhibition contest at Winston-Salem (N.C.) State University beginning at 6 p.m.
At Ned Shott Gymnasium
Rob Wright 5-12 6-6 16, Melvin Henderson 3-6 2-2 10, Ted O'Boute 3-3 2-3 8, Jewuan Wynn 7-13 2-4 16, Egor Shakhmetov 5-7 1-2 11, Edric Folden 0-0 0-0 0, Brian Daniels 0-4 1-2 1, Dmitry Zimin 4-7 1-2 12, Alvin Board 0-2 0-0 0, Jonathan Dula 1-4 0-1 2, Marcus Jackson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 15-22 76.
Cory Willard 3-8 0-0 8, Kortea Johnson 1-4 2-2 5, Rafee Smith 6-9 4-4 16, Javaughn Acree-Manuel 4-10 5-8 14, Zack Williams 3-10 1-1 7, Corey Neeley 0-3 0-1 0, Aaron Fluellen 0-2 0-2 0, Jerontae Hunter 0-0 0-0 0, Rick Alderman 11-16 4-11 26, Gentry Shrewsbury 1-2 5-7 7. Totals 29-64 21-36 83.
Halftime, CU 49-37. 3-point goals: BC 5-18 (Wright 0-2, Henderson 2-4, Wynn 0-3, Daniels 0-1, Zimin 3-4, Board 0-1, Dula 0-2, Jackson 0-1); CU 4-16 (Willard 2-5, Johnson 1-2, Acree-Manuel 1-6, Neeley 0-2, Fluellen 0-1). Rebounds: BC 44 (O'Boute 8); CU 37 (Alderman 11). Assists: BC 21 (Wright 6); CU 13 (Acree-Manuel 6). Total fouls: BC 26, CU 19. Fouled out: Jackson, Shakhmetov. Technical foul: BC bench. Att: n.a.