Dustin Jones scored 19 points Monday as West Virginia State got by Fairmont State 87-82 in West Virginia Conference men's basketball in Fairmont.
Jones, who hit 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc, was one of six players for State (11-10, 9-8 WVC) to reach double figures. David Ford posted 14 for the Jackets, while Corey Bethea netted 13, Qua'Darius Fewell and Robbie Lewis each turned in 12 and Delrico Lane contributed 10. WVSU shot 54.5 percent from the floor.
Isaac Thornton scored a game-high 27 points for Fairmont State (7-13, 5-11).
The Yellow Jackets visit Bluefield State at 4 p.m. Saturday.
STATE WOMEN LOSE: Kaitlin Snyder erupted for 23 points as Fairmont State downed West Virginia State 87-78.
State (9-11, 6-10 WVC) held a 48-47 advantage at halftime, but an 11-of-32 shooting performance in the second half doomed the Jackets.
Hailey Garrett added 20 points for Fairmont State (10-10, 8-8).
Asia Greenleaf led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points, while Kashauna Cook posted 18 and Jasmine Blanton had 15.
PARK'S BAYNES TO USC: Errin Baynes, a three-sport standout at Wheeling Park, signed a letter-of-intent Monday to attend Southern California on a track scholarship.
Baynes, who also plays football and basketball, is a 7-foot high jumper. He's won the event the past two seasons at the West Virginia Class AAA state meet, clearing 6-10 as a sophomore and 6-4 last year.
MARSHALL'S MIDAY PROMOTED: Marshall's Joe Miday was promoted to the head strength and conditioning coach, the school announced on Monday.
Miday, entering his sixth football season at Marshall, has worked under three coaches who have won a combined eight college football national championships.
"It is truly an honor to accept this position," said Miday. "I certainly owe a debt of gratitude to former Florida and Marshall strength and conditioning coach Frank Piraino, who has had a huge impact on my career, not to mention the current program we have at Marshall today."
WVC AWARDS: On strength of his 48-point performance, West Virginia Wesleyan's Raymont McElroy was named the West Virginia Conference's men's basketball player of the week Monday. McElroy helped lead Wesleyan to a pair of wins over Concord and Ohio Valley.
McElroy's 48 against OVU was the most by a WVC player since Glenville State's Tryvan Leach 52 points against Wheeling Jesuit Jan. 22, 2009.