INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- For once West Virginia State owned the boards, and because of that the Yellow Jackets also owned the winning basket.
That came from Anton Hutchins, who knifed through the weak side to put back Stephen Thompson's miss with 5 seconds left, giving the Jackets a 78-76 win over Glenville State Thursday night at Fleming Hall.
That was the State's 47th rebound of the game and 24th on the offensive glass, dwarfing the Pioneers' 26 and eight, respectively. The basket negated Glenville's rally from a 19-point deficit to take a brief one-point lead in the final minute.
The dominance on the boards was a change of pace for a State team that entered the game with a minus-6 average rebound deficit.
"I knew if [the shot] was going to go off [the rim], I figured I needed to be aggressive," Hutchins said. "I had four fouls, but if I was going to foul, it was going to be that last one."
The last-minute drama overshadowed the reason State bullied its way to that large lead in the first place - a radical move early in the game by coach Bryan Poore. After Glenville won the tip and Lamont Cole fired a quick 3-pointer, Poore called an immediate timeout.
That's not all. Just 8 seconds into the game, he benched his starting five of Hutchins, Dominic Phillips, Juan Johnson, Bo King and Terry Wood.
Funny thing was, State's reserves played five hard-nosed minutes before Poore slowly worked the starters back in. Eventually, King and Johnson led a 13-0 run that put the Jackets up 29-13.
The starters scored the points, but the reserves supplied the energy. One such backup, Steve Wing, led the Jackets with 15 points and 13 rebounds in 20 minutes.
"I could tell in warm-ups we weren't ready to play," Poore explained. "I was on guard for us not being ready to play. They tipped the ball and passed it once and nobody's matched and, boom, three. Had to send a message. The second group came in there, and Steve Wing played with a lot of energy, got us going.
"And then I thought the other group came back in and played better."
Wesleyan coach Stephen Dye hasn't seen such a maneuver in a while, at any level.