The game took some wild swings early, with GW (7-2), playing just its third game since Dec. 30, bolting out to a 10-0 lead in the first 41/2 minutes. That was followed by an extended run by Huntington, which took a 21-18 advantage. The Patriots, though, closed the half with a 15-2 burst for a 33-23 edge at the break.
Through it all, Elmore was consistent, finishing with 10 rebounds and five assists to complement his 30 points, which kept his scoring average at 30.7 per game. The VMI recruit knocked down three straight 3s late in the first half.
"Everybody's been stepping up,'' Elmore said. "We had a couple good days of practice and everybody's really finally starting to mesh. We're starting to really play together and get better.''
Anthony Dean (12 points, eight rebounds) proved a pillar of strength under the basket for GW, and King added a dozen points and Cai Carena six rebounds. Blaney came off the bench for some key defense, four rebounds and a nice dish to Dean for a layup as the Patriots broke the Highlanders' late pressure.
Huntington's pressure defense forced seven GW turnovers in the final quarter, but on four occasions the Patriots either got layups or two free throws at the end of a full-court scramble.
"We were a little more consistent,'' Greene said. "We haven't put enough minutes in together, so I was really happy with a lot of things we did.
"No matter the outcome, we needed to play this game. It's our third game in three weeks. Then to play a team that's good - because they're still pretty good - we're really happy and encouraged to get [the win].''
Dunn-Martin tallied a team-high 20 points for Huntington and Chancelor Wooding grabbed 13 rebounds and Meadows six. GW led off the boards 37-33.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.