No. 2 seed Fairmont State ended the game on a 15-5 run over the final five minutes, securing a 96-85 win over Ohio Valley in the opening round of the West Virginia Conference Men's basketball tournament Tuesday in Fairmont.
Malik Stith posted a team-best 19 points for the Falcons (20-7) while Brendan Cooper connected for 18. Jerry Macon Jr. scored a game-high 27 points, including 21 on 3-pointers, for Ohio Valley (3-26) and Ashton Brown amassed 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Fairmont will play No. 7 Seton Hill in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Pioneers (13-15) were led by Jamel Morris with 22 points while Kevin Gray and Lamar Mallory both scored 13 points. Shepherd (15-12) was paced by Chad Moore with a game-high 29 points while Austin Cunningham scored 14.
Glenville State advances to face No. 3 Alderson-Broaddus at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Joe Prati scored 16 points for the Cardinals (18-9), who will face No. 5 Charleston in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. D'Quan Lynch paced D&E (8-19) with 20 points.