Morales’ 40 leads GSC past Ohio Valley University, 103-90

VIENNA – Sequan Lawrence dropped in 35 points and teammate Arturs Vitins posted a double-double here Tuesday night inside the Snyder Activity Center, but it wasn’t nearly enough for host Ohio Valley University as Glenville State College left town with a 103-90 victory.

A Lawrence leaning cutter to the hole just 52 ticks into the second half gave the Fighting Scots (0-3) their last lead of the game at 49-48. After that, the G-men used a 6-0 spurt that was capped by a Brien Winston lay-in to seize momentum. Winston grabbed the defensive rebound after teammate Lamont Cole blocked Gerald McDonald’s attempted deuce off the glass and Winston went coast-to-coast.

David Sinickas, who drained half of his eight trey attempts and had 14 points, dropped one in with 15:40 remaining to make it a 60-55 affair, but nine straight from head coach Stephen Dye’s now 2-0 Pioneers got the advantage to double figures and OVU never cut it to less than eight the rest of the way. The spurt started with a trifecta by Donte Morales, who followed that up with a run-out dunk for part of his game-high 40 points. Ohio Valley head man Mike Snell called for a timeout with 14:32 to go following a halfcourt alley-oop slam by Lamar Mallory from a Jordan McCloud assist.

Aside from Morales 40-point effort on 16 of 20 form the field and 5 of 7 from downtown, both Mallory and McCloud posted double-doubles. Mallory hit all nine of his field goals and canned all five foul shots to finish with 23 points. Mallory tied McCloud for game-high rebounding honors with 11. McCloud, who came off the bench for 19 minutes, tallied 10 points and dished out four assists.

Vitins contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds as OVU will attempt to pick up its first win on Thursday night at Slippery Rock.

Trailing 13-12 early in the first half, the Fighting Scots scored 11 straight to take their biggest lead at 23-13. Sinickas had a trio of 3-pointers, two from Austin Parker assists, and Vitins scored the other deuce. However, GSC came right back to take the lead by one after it ran off 11 consecutive, nine of which came from Morales.

Glenville State, which doesn’t return to action until Saturday, Nov. 23 at Shepherd, lost reserve guard JJ Vazquez to an unknown leg injury. Kevin Gray chipped in 14 points for the victors.

Ohio Valley watched GSC hit 38 of 64 (59.4 percent) from the field and the hosts lost the battle on the boards, 47-30.