Area roundup: State tops Bluefield
West Virginia State's men's basketball team had five players reach double-figures as they held off Bluefield State 83-76 on the road.
Bo King poured in 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets (3-4), and Dominic Phillips scored 15. State shot 53 percent from the floor, including 7 of 14 3-pointers, and held the Big Blues to 36 percent.
Shakir Dunning led Bluefield (4-10) with 19 points and Treon Claiborne added 13 points and seven rebounds.
WVU BASEBALL: West Virginia pitcher Harrison Musgrave was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America second team, the organization announced Wednesday.
The left-handed junior from Nutter Fort went 9-1 with a 2.17 earned-run average (ERA) and three complete games in 2013. He was named the Big 12 pitcher of the year and honored as a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American.
WVU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The Mountaineers crushed Delaware State 109-47 Wednesday in Morgantown.
The Mountaineers (9-1) shot 56 percent from the field with five players scoring double-figures. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes and senior center Asya Bussie each scored 22 points. Raven Bankston led Delaware State with 16 points.
WVU TECH HOOPS: The WVU Tech men's basketball team will try to stop a seven-game losing streak tonight at Campbellsville, Ky.
The Golden Bears (8-8) are led by senior guard Brandon Burgraff, who is averaging 18.5 points per game and shooting 48 percent from 3-point range. Forward Jauries Thomas has been solid this year (15 ppg., 9 rebounds) and guard Jaren Marino provides consistency in the backcourt, averaging 11 points per contest.
Campbellsville (4-5) is led by former Akron player Eric Gaines (16 ppg., 8 rpg.) and guard Miles Rice (12 ppg.). Tip-off for tonight's game is set for 7 p.m.
WVU SPORTS: WVU women's soccer player Frances Silva has been named to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women's Scholar All-America first team.
The senior forward is the ninth Mountaineer to earn the NSCAA's top academic honor since 1999. Silva qualified for the honor with a 3.97 grade-point average in broadcast journalism and is currently working towards a master's degree in sport management.
Haydon Bennet and Andy Bevin were each named to the first team and Zak Leedom and Majed Osman received honorable mention honors.
MARSHALL SPORTS: Conference USA has announced that Marshall University volleyball player Laura Der is one of 16 athletes who will receive the C-USA Fall Spirit of Service award.
The award is based upon significant community service, good academic standing, and participation in their selected sport. Der, a senior outside hitter, is a two-time first-team All-C-USA selection.
TECH SOFTBALL: WVU Tech softball head coach Amber Affholter announced the signing of pitcher Samantha Sirles.
Sirles, out of Amelia Court House, Va., started all four years at Amelia Academy (Va.) as a starting pitcher while also playing for RBA South Virginia travel team.