WEST LIBERTY - An upset-minded Glenville State squad battled No. 1 West Liberty into the waning minutes Saturday afternoon only to see the unbeaten Hilltoppers dribble off with a 105-98 victory at a crowded ASRC.
West Liberty (8-0 overall, 4-0 WVC) never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 15 points midway through the period but the athletic Pioneers (4-3, 2-2) refused to fold.
A pair of free throws by Glenville's Kevin Gray turned it into a one-possession game, 97-94, with 1:45 remaining but the veteran Hilltoppers didn't bat an eye.
West Liberty ran the shot clock down into single digits before C.J. Hester cashed in a Shawn Dyer feed for a 99-94 tally with 1:15 to go.
Hester then rebounded a Pioneer miss at the other end to give WLU a chance to run some more clock and Alex Falk found a wide-open Hester under the basket for the clincher, making it 101-94 with just 45 ticks remaining.
No. 5 Bellarmine 92
Wheeling Jesuit 67
LOUISVILLE - Wheeling Jesuit (2-3) fell on the road against the No. 5 nationally ranked Knights of Bellarmine University (6-0).
Justin Fritts led the Cardinals with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds, while Ben Siefert followed with 12 points.
Bellarmine was led by Keisten Jones' 20-point performance. Ryan Burton and Vance Hall followed with 18 and 16, respectively.
Bethany 64, Thiel 43
BETHANY - Bethany grabbed sole possession of first place in the PAC with a victory against previously undefeated Thiel.
Nick Wilcox netted 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second and also tacked on seven rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Bison (7-1, 4-0 PAC).
Wheeling Jesuit 75, Urbana 67
WHEELING - Jamie Sobczak scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Wheeling Jesuit beat Urbana.
Breanna Butler and Emily Robinson added 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Taneka Lewis and Alex Anderson chipped in nine each.
Bethany 76, Thiel 47
BETHANY - Senior Carly Garneau led five scorers in double figures with a career-high 20 points, as the Bethany College women's basketball team blasted Thiel to run its winning streak to three straight.
West Liberty 101
Glenville State 93
WEST LIBERTY - The West Liberty women beat Glenville State at its own game, outracing the nation's leading scoring team in an early season meeting of the West Virginia Conference unbeatens at the ASRC.
Jasmin Kiley came off the bench with a career-high 32 points and fellow freshman backcourter Liz Flowers dropped in 20 more while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds to help the Hilltoppers (6-2, 4-0) break open a see-saw affair.