Clark led the Golden Bears with 31 points and 14 rebounds, with teammate David Rawlinson scoring 28 points to go with nine assists. Rawlinson entered the game averaging 26.2 points and ranked as the fifth leading scorer in NAIA.
"We knew Rawlinson was the motor," Marion said. "We knew if we stopped him and slowed him down we could probably slow them down and have a good chance of winning. We didn't shut him down but we contained him."
Former South Charleston High standout Jarin Marino finished with 13 points and two steals for Tech with Floyd Campbell adding 10 points. Taking away the four Golden Bears to score in double-figures, the rest of the team managed just 10 points.
When asked if he thought Tech let its guard down after the win in Fairmont last week, Williams did not rule out the possibility.
"Must have been. I thought our guys would be ready," he said. "We questioned our guys whether they were ready to play or not. I don't know how you can be a college basketball player and not be mentally ready to play. It seems like every time our students are gone we play down to the intensity of the gym."
Tech plays again this weekend in the Bluefield State Classic, where its opponents will be Chowan University at 4 p.m Friday and Lander University at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.