Rams fall to UVA-Wise in final minutes By Trey Wilson | January 4, 2013 | RSS Bluefield, Va. -- A late rally from the Bluefield men's basketball team was not enough to overcome a double-digit deficit, and the Rams lost their third consecutive game on Thursday night in the Dome. The Rams (6-7, 2-3 Mid-South Conference) lost their conference matchup with UVA-Wise (6-5, 2-4 MSC), 82-72. The loss snapped a five-game home winning streak, and was the first home conference loss in the Rams’ inaugural season in the Mid-South. Bluefield forced a 17-8 advantage in turnovers, but was heavily outrebounded by the Cavaliers, 52-26. Senior center Byron Carpenter led the Rams in scoring with 25 points. He has now scored 20 or more points in all 13 games this season, and 15 total consecutive games. He also had 7 rebounds. Junior guard Kearsten Marion scored 24 points and shot 9-10 on free throws. Ed Porter finished with nine points and six assists. The Rams took a 2-0 lead before the game tipped off when Marion sank a pair of technical foul shots. It only took six seconds for the Rams to extend that lead to 5-0 when Carpenter fought through a foul to bank in a lay-up and make his free throw. After a basket for the Cavaliers, Marion was fouled by making a lay-up and pushed the Bluefield lead to 8-2. The Cavaliers closed the gap, and Matt Day tied the game with a three-pointer with 16:05 left in the first half. The teams traded baskets until another three-pointer from Day gave UVA-Wise its first lead of the game at 21-20 with 11:07 remaining the first half, and the Cavaliers did not trail again. UVA-Wise took a 49-40 lead into halftime, and kept the lead in double figures until the final five minutes. Porter sank two free throws and dropped in a long three-pointer to cut the deficit to 74-68. After a missed three-pointer by Day, Carpenter banked in a lay-up with 2:25 remaining to cut the lead to four, but the Rams could not close the gap any closer. Javon Moore led the Cavaliers with 21 points. Deon Boyce scored 14 points and grabbed 24 rebounds. Day and Darius Smith also finished with 14 points. The Rams return to the Dome on Saturday, hosting No. 4 Pikeville (14-1, 4-1 MSC) at 4 p.m.