“It was our most complete game. In terms of putting 40 minutes together on both ends of the floor, I definitely think so,” said Virginia-Wise men’s coach Blake Mellinger.
The Cavaliers got a triple-double from Michal Seals and double-double from Jordan Pointer on the way to taking a 105-82 Mountain East Conference win over Glenville State at the Prior Convocation Center.
Seals, a junior, finished with 24 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and a career-best 13 assists for the Cavaliers (5-5, 3-3). Pointer, a sophomore, had 19 points and 19 rebounds.
Virginia-Wise also got 19 points from Briggs Parris and 18 from Kaeleb Carter. Rahji Langford contributed nine points and five assists.
Injuries sidelined three Virginia-Wise players, which Seals said put more pressure on him.
“I know some of our starters were out, so I knew I would have to step up a lot. I didn’t want to lose this since we gave our last road game away,” Seals said.
“I knew if everyone would play hard this would be the outcome,” Pointer added. “We had a lot of hurt players and we needed this win.”
The Cavs have some time off to heal. They don’t play again until Jan. 2 when they travel to Carson-Newman. Virginia-Wise is back in MEC play on Jan. 10 at home against Fairmont State.
“It’s a little longer than I like,” Mellinger said of the time off. “We’ll stay with practice into this week and then we’ll let our guys go home for 12 or 13 days and then we’ll be back here on the 27th.”
Glenville State placed five players in double-figure scoring. Phil Bledsoe had 17 points, Howard Smith 15, Jamal Pollydore 13, and Ty Robinson and Darhius Nunn 10 apiece.
Glenville State — which entered the game with a nation-leading scoring average of 111.1 points per game — started slow but found its pace in the second quarter of a 105-69 victory over Virginia-Wise.
The Pioneers (8-1, 5-1) held an 18-14 lead over the Cavaliers (4-5, 3-3) after the first quarter. In the second, Glenville State took advantage of 12 Cavs turnovers to outscore them 39-21 in the period and take a 57-35 halftime lead.
Virginia-Wise committed 41 turnovers in the game, including 18 in the second half when the Pioneers outscored the Cavs 48-34.
Four players hit double-figure scoring for Glenville State, led by Emily Stoller’s 21 points. Zakiyah Winfield scored 15, ReShawna Stone hit 14 and Ty Armstrong finished with 12.
Courtney Davis added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Pioneers.
Cynita Webb scored 21 points and pulled down a career-high 23 rebounds for the Cavs, who go to Bluefield, W.Va., on Dec. 19 to take on Bluefield State in nonconference action.