INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- If you missed one of the last West Virginia State games at old Fleming Hall on Monday, you missed plenty.
Visiting Davis & Elkins, for instance, had a player named Devin Miller who had 29 points in the first half, finished with 41 -- and didn't start either half.
The host Yellow Jackets changed their starting lineup, and one of the new starters -- Nitro product and point guard Angelo Sirianni -- dazzled the small crowd with a breakaway dunk and a dribbling exhibition after a fall.
Oh, and the game was tight throughout, with State downing D&E in a non-conference contest 83-78 before a small crowd of 131. The Yellow Jackets moved to 9-13 overall, while the Senators of the Great Midwest Conference fell to 11-12.
"We're still trying to find ourselves," said State coach Bryan Poore. "It's late in the season and we haven't hit our stride, our flow. But tonight we took good steps."
Especially in the second half of Monday's game. Miller, a senior guard, was held to 12 second-half points after driving to those 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting in the first half.
"I thought our guys did a good job finding Devin, being unselfish, in the first half," said D&E coach Chris Cottrell. "In the second half [State's] pressure hurt us. We missed some bunnies."
Miller was also saddled with four fouls. But State's full-court pressure helped lead to 17 Senator turnovers.
"That helped a bunch," Sirianni said. "When we get steals and turnovers, that gets momentum going."
Ditto a couple of Sirianni plays. Late in the first half, the guard was dribbling when he fell to the floor. He kept his dribble alive, though, stood and, with a defender in his face, reversed field up the court. In the second half, with State leading just 68-64, he picked off a D&E pass at the point, measured his steps and threw down a jam to lift the crowd.
"He has crazy athleticism," Poore said. "I thought his Curly Neal impression was even better than the dunk."
Sirianni helped seal the Yellow Jackets' victory late by hitting 3 of 4 free throws in the last 24 seconds. What won the game, though, was a balanced offensive attack and the pressure defense. Big man Terry Wood led four State players in double figures with 14 points. Bo King added 13 and seven rebounds, while Sirianni and Anton Hutchins pitched in 12 points apiece. Steve Wing had nine points and 14 rebounds.