Marcus Goree scored 10 points and blocked six shots last night as West Virginia overcame a four-point halftime deficit to defeat cold-shooting Virginia Tech, 61-58, in Blacksburg, Va.
The Mountaineers (6-3) trailed 28-24 at the break but outshot the Hokies 56 percent to 30 percent in the second half. Virginia Tech (6-5) shot just 34 percent for the game and missed 17 of 21 three-point attempts. The Mountaineers shot 50 percent overall.
West Virginia needed the strong shooting performance to overcome Virginia Tech's 40-26 rebounding advantage.
Calvin Bowman and Lionel Armstead scored 11 points each for West Virginia. Jason D'Alesio added 10 points. Russ Wheeler led the Hokies with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Dennis Mims scored 10 points and blocked six shots.
VIRGINIA 94, BELMONT 74: Chris Williams scored 20 points to lead Virginia to a win over the Bruins, who are in their first year in Division I.
Williams made 8 of 12 field goals, and the Cavaliers (8-3) shot 54 percent.
Each team attempted 28 three-pointers. Belmont (3-8) connected on 12, while Virginia made 11.
Donald Hand had 17 points and eight assists for the Cavaliers. Willie Dersch and Keith Friel each scored 12.
B.J. Proffitt led Belmont with 17 points. He made all five field goals he attempted, including three three-pointers, and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. Ryan Steger added 15 and Davey Upton 14.
The Cavaliers led 45-34 at halftime.
Belmont Coach Rick Byrd was ill and did not attend the game. Assistants Casey Alexander and Brian Ayers coached in his place.
NAVY 91, GETTYSBURG 55: John Williams scored 20 points, 14 in the first half, as Navy overwhelmed Division III Gettysburg (4-5) in Annapolis.
Sitapha Savane added 17 points and Chris Williams 14 for the Midshipmen, who improved to 6-4.
Navy made nine of its first 10 field goal attempts, jumping to a 20-6 lead with 14 minutes 30 seconds left in the first half. Coach Don DeVoe began to substitute, and watched Gettysburg go on an 11-1 run to close the gap to four points. The Bullets were within five, 32-27, with 3:10 left in the half.
John Williams hit a three-pointer with 2:11 left and the Midshipmen closed the half with a 9-0 spurt to build a 41-27 lead.