Area roundup: West Virginia State men top Urbana
Raymon Austin turned in 19 points and 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes off the bench to propel West Virginia State past host Urbana (Ohio) 111-97 Wednesday night in a nonconference matchup.
Anton Hutchins added 18 points for the Yellow Jackets (9-13) while Jalen Walker and David Ford pitched in 15 points apiece, Dimitri Abner contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds and Juan Johnson had 10 points.
State knocked down 25 of 36 free throws as the Blue Knights (9-14) had three players foul out. Urbana surged into the lead at 77-71 with 12:26 to play, but State took control with a 28-7 run over the next six minutes.
Urbana's Danny Goins became just the second Blue Knight in almost 50 years to reach the 45-point plateau, hitting 14 of 21 shots, including five 3-pointers, and 12 of 15 from the foul line. He made his first 10 shots to tie his career-high of 24 points after just 20 minutes.
It's the second-most points in a single game in school history and the second most by an NCAA Division II player this season. Tiffin's Joe Graessle scored 49 against Malone on Jan. 17.
Armond Battle added 20 points behind five 3s and had nine rebounds for the Blue Knights. Battle hit a 35-foot shot at the buzzer to pull Urbana within two points (58-56) at halftime.
Wednesday's matchup was the first between State and Urbana since the 1971-72 season, when the Blue Knights beat the Yellow Jackets 108-95.
TECH MEN WIN: Jaren Marino and David Rawlinson scored 27 and 23 points, respectively, to lead WVU Tech past Southern Virginia 87-74 Wednesday night in Montgomery.
Rawlinson also handed out 16 assists for the Golden Bears while Marino hit 11 of 16 shots, including 4 of 9 from long range. Brandon Burgraff donated 11 points and Terrale Clark had 10 points for Tech. Casey Nye's 17 points paced three players in double figures for Southern Virginia.
SWIMMING: Wheeling Jesuit swimmers Kuba Skrzypczak and Paige Carpenetti were named Appalachian Swimming Conference men's and women's swimmers of the week, respectively, Wednesday.
Skrzypczak, a freshman from Poland, set a pool record and won four events to lead the Cardinals to a 161-100 win in the season finale at Washington and Jefferson College. He swam the first leg of the 200-yard medley relay team, which set the pool record, then swept the 50 and 100 backstroke events and the 400 individual medley.
Carpenetti, a junior from Cambridge, Ohio, swam the opening leg of the 200 medley relay, which took second, then won 50 and 100 backstroke events and the 200 freestyle relay.
WVU RIFLE: West Virginia University's rifle team maintained its hold on the nation's top ranking in the College Rifle Coaches Association poll. The Mountaineers (10-1) have been No. 1 for nine straight weeks. TCU was second followed by Kentucky, Alaska-Fairbanks and Army.