"The last few weeks we've been getting blown out,'' said Tech coach Bob Williams. "It's encouraging that we were competing."
Tech junior forward Jauries Thomas led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds. Golden Bears junior guard Leon Cooper Jr. added 15 points, senior forward Stephen Coles chipped in 12 points and seven boards, Marino totaled 11 points and seven caroms and Gordon had 11 points behind 7 of 8 from the foul line.
Williams is encouraged with the remaining schedule featuring seven home games out of Tech's last 14 games and several players recovering from nagging injuries.
Cooper sat out the last month with a shoulder injury and Gordon missed the last three weeks with a fracture in his ankle and a strained Achilles tendon. Coles suited up for the first time Saturday against Bluefield College. Tech was also missing starting senior forward Armond Perez, who was suspended.
"We've just had so many different lineups and so many injuries,'' Williams said. "It's really been a difficult season up to this point. We're staying optimistic. We have really good kids. They're high-character people. They want to do well. They're coachable.''
Kearston Marion and Andrew Wilson netted 19 points apiece to pace five players in double figures for Bluefield College.
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