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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – UVa-Wise men's basketball freshman point guard Michal Seals and redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus have claimed Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State honors as the 2017 College Division All-State Men's Basketball Teams were released Friday morning. Seals was tabbed as Rookie of the Year while Badmus was named to the All-State First Team. The all-state teams and major award winners are voted upon by media relations professionals working at colleges, universities and conferences throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
 
Showcasing a depth of talent across the commonwealth, nine different programs were represented as Virginia Union University senior guard Ray Anderson and Lynchburg College senior guard Zack Burnett earned Co-Player of the Year honors. Christopher Newport University head coach John Krikorian was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
 
A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (High Point Christian Academy), Seals had a phenomenal freshman campaign averaging 16.1 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. His assist average and 166 total assists on the season ranked him among Mountain East Conference leaders and top-25 nationally as a distributer. Tallying a total of 133 rebounds, 5-foot-10 Seals was the Cavaliers' second-best rebounder as the starting point guard. He scored the second-most amount of points (468) on the team in 28 game starts, while his 37 minutes played per contest ranked third in the MEC and 17th in the nation.
 
Seals recorded two double-doubles in assists and points, and came near a triple-double twice during 2016-17. The freshman court commander scored a career-high 33 points at Urbana University on Feb. 18 and was in double figures 24 times, reaching the 20-point mark on 10 different occasions. Seals dished out seven or more assists in 10 different contests, including distributing eight dimes in his first collegiate game.   
 
Badmus, a native of London, England, was named to the All-MEC Second Team after averaging a double-double of 21.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Leading the Cavs in scoring and rebounding Badmus registered 14 double-doubles on the season, the 19th-most in all of NCAA Division II and third-most in the MEC. The Fairmont State University transfer's scoring and rebounding averages placed him among the nation's top-30 scorers and top-25 rebounders, while his 293 total rebounds were 25th-most nationally and his 629 total points ranked 33rd.
 
Scoring in double figures in all but two games, Badmus recorded 20 points or more in 19 different contests, tallied 25 points or more 11 times and reached the 30-point plateau on three separate occasions. The 6-foot-7 forward shot the ball at a blistering 53.7 percent clip for the season to rank among conference leaders. Named MEC Player of the Week twice, Badmus ranked in the top 25 in the nation and led the MEC in both free throw makes (157) and attempts (213).
 
Collecting 12 or more rebounds in 11 different games, Badmus earned a 20-20 performance in his first game as a Cav with a career-high and MEC single-game-best 21 boards. Taiwo scored a career-high 42 points on Jan. 19 at Concord University, going 14-of-19 from the field and 6-of-10 from long range. It was the fourth-most amount of points scored in a single game in the MEC all season.
 
Defensively, both Seals and Badmus made 49 steals (1.69 per game) this past year to rank in the top five in the league in takeaways.
 
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VaSID All-State:
 
Co-Players of the Year
Ray Anderson, Virginia Union University
Zack Burnett, Lynchburg College
 
Coach of the Year
John Krikorian, Christopher Newport University
 
Rookie of the Year
Michal Seals, UVa-Wise
 
All-State First Team
Ray Anderson, Virginia Union University
Taiwo Badmus, UVa-Wise
Charles Bryant, Averett University
Zack Burnett, Lynchburg College
Khory Moore, Virginia Wesleyan College
 
All-State Second Team
Marcus Carter, Christopher Newport University
Tim Daly, Christopher Newport University
Elijah Moore, Virginia State University
Clayton Murtha, Washington & Lee University
Eric Shaw, University of Mary Washington


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WISE, Va. – The UVa-Wise men's basketball program announced its 2017 summer camp dates Friday afternoon. The Cavaliers will host a two different youth camps including a boys team camp and a girls and boys individual camp for ages 5-13. The boys' team camp will be hosted Sunday, June 11, through Tuesday, June 13, and the girls and boys individual camp will take place Monday, June 19, through Friday, June 23.
 
The team camp guarantees seven games and features competition from teams in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. A team deposit of $250 is required to register for the team camp.
 
The individual camp will feature both full days and half days depending on age. Full day individual camp is for ages seven through rising eighth graders, while half day camp is for ages 5-7. Full-day campers will receive individual skill instruction, skill competition and 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 games. Half-day campers will get exciting introduction to skills and team play. Full-day camp registration is $135 and half-day registration is $75.
 
Both camps will be held in the David J. Prior Convocation Center with all campers receiving a UVa-Wise basketball t-shirt.
 
"I have been involved with summer basketball camps for many years and our summer camps promise to be some of the best", commented UVa-Wise men's basketball head coach Blake Mellinger.
 
"We work very hard to ensure that every camper has a positive and exciting experience during camp. Our camps are designed for boys and girls of all ages and skill levels with an emphasis on teaching basic knowledge and skills of the game", continued Coach Mellinger. "We take great pride in providing a positive environment where each and every camper can feel good about what they have accomplished during their time at camp. I hope that you will join us for our 2017 UVa-Wise Basketball Camps as they promise to be some of the best events of the summer."
 
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The UVa-Wise men's basketball team was put out of the 2017 Mountain East Conference Tournament with an 84-66 first-round loss against seventh-seeded Glenville State College Wednesday evening. The 10th-seeded Cavaliers (9-20) were unable to find their offensive rhythm and struggled to shoot the ball the entire 40 minutes as the Pioneers (12-15) shot the ball at over 50 percent in each half.
 
UVa-Wise was held to 32.4 percent (22-of-68) shooting for the game and went 7-for-25 (28 percent) from distance in the loss. Glenville State connected on 13 3-pointers and shot an impressive 54.5 percent (30-of-55) from the field, including 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the second half.
 
The Cavs only lead in the game came in the opening 30 seconds when redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus (London, England) banked a shot off the glass to give UVa-Wise an opening 2-0 -advantage. From there the Pioneers scored seven unanswered points and took a 7-2 lead a little over two minutes in. A Badmus free throw moments later at just under the 17-minute mark made it a one-point game at 7-6 but that would be as close as the Cavs would get for the remainder of the contest.
 
Down by just four at 24-20 with 10:42 to go in the half, UVa-Wise was outscored 11-2 by Glenville State over the next five minutes of play. An offensive rebound and tip-in by redshirt sophomore forward Dimitri Sousa (São Paulo, Brazil) got the Cavs' deficit down to single digits at 37-29 with two and a half minutes to go in the half. UVa-Wise was held scoreless for the rest of the half as the Pioneers scored four to take a 12-point, 41-27 lead into the break.
 
The Cavs shot 35.5 percent (11-of-31) in the first half and went 4-for-12 from outside, while Glenville State connected on 51.9 percent (14-of-27) of its shots and went 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from deep. Badmus had 15 points and seven rebounds at the break as the Pioneers' Brett Morris tallied 16 first-half points.
 
UVa-Wise still could not get anything going at the start of the second half and found themselves down by 16 after four minutes of second-half action. The Cavs continued to trail by double figures and could not get any closer than 12 for the rest of the game. A conventional 3-point play by Badmus at the 12:22 mark trimmed down the deficit to 12 at 56-44, before Glenville State went on a 9-0 run to build a 21-point lead at 65-44.
 
Freshman point guard Michal Seals (Lancaster, Pa.) gave UVa-Wise signs of hope as his jumper completed six unanswered Cavalier points, making it a 15-point game with seven and a half minutes to go. However, the short run was answered with the Pioneers outscoring the Cavs 15-4 over the following five minutes of play, giving Glenville State its largest lead of the night at 80-54 with 2:22 left. UVa-Wise outscored the Pioneers 12-4 over the final two and a half minutes but it was too little, too late as Glenville State dribbled out the last seconds to secure the 18-point victory.
 
The Cavs were outscored 38-8 in points off the bench and 30-28 in points in the paint. The Pioneers owned a 43-37 rebound advantage for the game despite UVa-Wise owning the offensive glass, 17-11. Forcing 16 Glenville State turnovers, the Cavs scored 15 points off of those miscues and got 14 second-chance points.
 
Earning his 14th double-double of the season, Badmus led the way for UVa-Wise with a team-high 25 points and game-high 12 rebounds on 9-for-13 shooting, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. Seals finished with 16 points as freshman guard Chance Sheffey (Staunton, Va.) totaled nine points and Sousa claimed six points and five boards.
 
The Pioneers got a game-high 28 points from Morris after the senior forward and All-MEC First-Team performer went 11-for-14 from the field and collected nine rebounds. Terry Davis Jr. posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Glenville State, while Jalon Plummer scored 11 in reserve action. The Pioneers' Darhius Nunn distributed a game-high six assists.
 
The loss brings the Cavs' 2016-17 campaign to an end as UVa-Wise more than doubled its win total from a year ago and finished in the top 10 of the MEC regular season standings for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
 
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WISE, Va. – Women's basketball senior guard Makenzie Cluesman and men's basketball redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus have been named Cavaliers of the Month for the second straight month, the UVa-Wise athletics department announced Wednesday afternoon. It is the third-straight month Badmus has earned Male Cavalier of the Month honors and second consecutive month Cluesman has been tabbed as Female Cavalier of the Month.
 
Cluesman earned the women's award by being named All-MEC First Team this past Monday for her performance during the 2016-17 season. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 14.3 points per game while adding 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in a month that saw the Cavs clinch the No. 3 seed in the 2017 Mountain East Conference Women's Basketball Tournament and secure the program's first 20-win season since the 2005-06 season.
 
The Jonesville, Va. native turned in a pair of double-doubles in the month beginning with a 16-point, 10-rebound showing against regular season MEC champion Glenville State College. The Lee High School graduate added a second double-double when she tallied 14 points and dished out 10 assists against West Virginia State.
 
Cluesman capped the month by draining five 3-pointers on senior day to establish a new single-season school record for made 3-pointers in a season with 84.
 
Badmus, a native of London, England, was named to the All-MEC Second Team this past Tuesday for his efforts during the regular season, scoring a total of 604 points and grabbing 281 rebounds. The redshirt junior had a tremendous February, averaging 22 points and 10.4 boards in eight games played, while shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. Badmus scored in double figures in each contest and posted a double-double four different times. He had five different games scoring 20 or more points and one 30-point game.
 
Playing an average of 33.4 minutes per contest for the month, Badmus was also outstanding on the defensive end where he averaged 1.9 steals in the eight games. The 6-foot-7 forward was named MEC Co-Player of the Week for his second weekly recognition by the conference office this season on Feb. 13. The accolade came after Badmus helped the Cavs knock off then 18th-ranked Wheeling Jesuit University on Feb. 9 with a double-double of 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
 
Most recently, Badmus scored a game-high 32 points on 11-for-13 shooting and tallied 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the year. His efforts willing UVa-Wise to a 100-92 home victory over Concord University this past Saturday on Feb. 25 in a must-win situation for the Cavs to make postseason play and clinch a spot in the MEC Tournament.
 
The Cavalier men begin play at the 2017 MEC Tournament Wednesday with a first-round matchup against seventh-seeded Glenville State, tipoff from the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, is slated for 6 p.m. The Cavalier women take on sixth-seeded West Virginia State in the MEC Tournament Quarterfinals Thursday at 2:15 p.m.
 
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WISE, Va. – Tenth-seeded UVa-Wise men's basketball takes on seventh-seeded Glenville State College in the Mountain East Conference Tournament First Round in Charleston, West Virginia, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
 
Storylines – vs. Glenville State College - MEC Tournament First Round
The Cavaliers will play in the Charleston Civic Center for the first time in program history when they tip off against the Pioneers for the third time this season. UVa-Wise and Glenville State split a pair of games during the regular season with the Cavs defeating the Pioneers 90-85 inside the David J. Prior Convocation Center on Feb. 4. In the two teams' first meeting this season, Glenville State earned an 82-74 victory over UVa-Wise in Glenville back on Dec. 3.
 
The Pioneers enter the 2017 MEC Men's Basketball Tournament as the No. 7 seed after finishing the regular season with an 8-14 league record and an 11-15 overall mark. Glenville State is currently on a three-game losing streak and has not won a game since upsetting then 23rd-ranked Wheeling Jesuit University on Feb. 16 in Glenville.
 
The Cavs earned the No. 10 seed in the MEC Tournament this past Saturday when UVa-Wise defeated Concord University 100-92 in the Prior Center. Although UVa-Wise finished the regular season standings tied with both Concord and Urbana University, all with a 7-15 MEC record, the Cavs clinched a berth in the MEC Tournament after sweeping the Mountain Lions. UVa-Wise enters Wednesday evening's contest with a 9-19 overall record and winners of its final two regular season games.
 
The Pioneers own a 6-2 MEC Tournament record, while the Cavs are 0-3 in MEC postseason contests since the inception of the league in 2013. UVa-Wise took on Glenville State in the first round of the 2015 MEC Tournament and was handed a 92-64 road loss as the 12th seed. The Pioneers were seeded fifth that year and went on to win the tournament title and claim the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
 
Wednesday's matchup with be the 10th meeting between the Cavs and Glenville State as the Pioneers own an 8-1 advantage in the series.
 
No No. 1 seed has ever won the MEC Tournament and the last two tournament champions have been seeded outside the top three.
 
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The Cavs are seeking their first postseason win in seven years and first of the NCAA Division II era. UVa-Wise has not won a conference tournament game since 2010 when the Cavs defeated Union College (86-85) in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
 
This past Saturday, three different players posted double-doubles in UVa-Wise's must-win home victory over Concord. Redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus (London, England) scored 32 point and grabbed 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season, while freshman point guard Michal Seals (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded his second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 assists. Freshman guard Chance Sheffey (Staunton, Va.) collected a career-high 14 rebounds and tallied 15 points for his first career double-double.
 
Tickets for Wednesday's MEC Tournament first round game between the Cavs and the Pioneers can be purchased here. Fans can listen to live play-by-play of Wednesday evening's game on WDIC 92.1 FM The Wolf or online via wdicradio.com.
 
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – UVa-Wise men's basketball redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus has been named to the All-Mountain East Conference Second Team after an impressive regular season in his first year as a Cavalier. Voted upon by the league's head coaches, the All-MEC teams and annual individual accolades were announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.
 
Badmus, a native of London, England, averaged a team-best 21.6 points and 10 rebounds per game this season, ranking second in the MEC in scoring and fourth in rebounding. His rebound average 20th-best in all of NCAA Division II. He scored in double figures a total of 26 times in 28 game starts and recorded 13 double-doubles, 19th-most of any Division II player. The 6-foot-7 forward shot 53.2 percent from the field, good enough for the seventh-best shooting percentage in the conference, and averaged the fourth-most steals per game in the MEC at 1.7.
 
Playing 32.9 minutes per contest, Badmus has scored a total of 604 points and grabbed 281 total rebounds this year, ranking in the top 25 nationally in both of those categories. The Fairmont State University transfer knocked down 153 free throws in 202 total attempts (75.7 percent) to lead the MEC and rank 16th in the nation in made foul shots. Badmus shot 39.5 percent from beyond the arc this season and connected on 47 3-pointers, tying for the second-most made treys of any Cav.
 
Badmus scored 20 points or more 18 different times this year and had three games with over 30 points. The redshirt junior earned MEC Player of the Week honors twice this season and claimed the weekly plaudit on Jan. 23 after scoring a career-high 42 points on a career-high 14 made field goals in a 98-70 road win at Concord University on Jan. 19. His 42 points tied for the third-most points scored in a single game in the MEC this season.
 
Fairmont State forward Matt Bingaya was selected as the MEC Player of the Year, while West Virginia Wesleyan forward Luke Layhew was tabbed as the league's Freshman of the Year. Fairmont State fifth-year head coach Jerrod Calhoun rounded out the conference's individual awards by earning MEC Coach of the Year honors.
 
The Cavs have earned the No. 10 seed in the 2017 MEC Men's Basketball Tournament and take on seventh-seeded Glenville State College in the first round Wednesday at 6 p.m. inside the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Tickets for Wednesday's MEC Tournament first round game can be purchased here. Fans can listen to live play-by-play of Wednesday evening's game on WDIC 92.1 FM The Wolf or online via wdicradio.com.
 
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2017 All-MEC First Team
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Matt Bingaya Fairmont State Sr. F 6-4 Delaware, Ohio
A.J. Carr Shepherd Jr. F 6-6 Fairfax, Va.
Devin Hoehn West Liberty Sr. G 6-2 Parkersburg, W.Va.
Dan Monteroso West Liberty Jr. G 6-3 St. Clairsville, Ohio
Brett Morris Glenville State Sr. F 6-5 Cowen, W.Va.
Pat Moseh Wheeling Jesuit Jr. G 6-6 Springfield, Va.
Will Vorhees Notre Dame Jr. F 6-8 Columbus Grove, Ohio
Thomas Wimbush Fairmont State Sr. F/G 6-7 Lorain, Ohio
2017 All-MEC Second Team
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Taiwo Badmus UVa-Wise Jr. F 6-7 London, England
Mo Berchie W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. G 6-1 Leesburg, Va.
Elliott Cole Charleston Sr. G 5-11 Chicago, Ill.
Justin Coleman Charleston Sr. F 6-8 Nashville, Tenn.
David Dennis West Liberty So. G 6-1 Canal Winchester, Ohio
Haywood Highsmith Wheeling Jesuit Jr. F 6-6 Baltimore, Md.
Aaron Miller Concord Sr. G 6-1 Stephens City, Va.
Kyauta Taylor Notre Dame Jr. G 6-2 Cleveland, Ohio
2017 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Steffen Davis Shepherd Jr. G 6-0 New Market, Md.
Jahmere Howze Urbana So. F 6-6 Warrensville Hts., Ohio
Naim Muhammad Shepherd Sr. G 6-4 Waldorf, Md.
Shammgod Wells Fairmont State Sr. G 5-9 Harlem, N.Y.
Player of the Year: Matt Bingaya (Fairmont State)
Freshman of the Year: Luke Layhew (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Coach of the Year: Jerrod Calhoun (Fairmont State)
 


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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Following Saturday afternoon's 100-92 home win over Concord University, UVa-Wise men's basketball is seeded 10th in the 2017 Mountain East Conference Tournament held at the Charleston Civic Center in downtown Charleston, West Virginia. The seedings and pairing for the 2017 MEC Men's Basketball Tournament, held March 1-5, were finalized after the conclusion of Saturday's league action.
 
The top 10 teams from the MEC regular season standings qualify for the postseason conference tournament with the top six seeds earning first-round byes. Fairmont State University, which will head into the tournament as the No. 1 team in the nation, claimed the regular season title and is the top seed for this year's MEC Tournament. West Liberty University, who is currently ranked No. 7 nationally, is seeded second, followed by Wheeling Jesuit University, Shepherd University, Notre Dame College and West Virginia Wesleyan. Glenville State College secured the seventh seed as the University of Charleston, Urbana University and UVa-Wise rounded out the 10-team tournament field.
 
The opening round of the tournament gets underway Wednesday, March 1, with the Cavaliers taking on seventh-seeded Glenville State at 6 p.m., followed by eighth-seeded Charleston versus ninth-seeded Urbana at 8 p.m.
 
Although UVa-Wise finished the regular season standings tied with both Concord University and Urbana, all with a 7-15 MEC record, the Cavs clinched a berth in the MEC Tournament after sweeping the Mountain Lions. Concord was left out of the league tournament after posting a combined 1-3 record against UVa-Wise and Urbana. The Blue Knights earned the No. 9 seed after sweeping the Cavs this season and going 1-1 against Concord.
 
UVa-Wise split a pair of game against the Pioneers this season, dropping an 82-74 decision in Glenville before earning a 90-85 win in Wise earlier this month. The Cavs are 0-3 in MEC Tournament games since joining the league in 2013. UVa-Wise took on Glenville State in the first round of the 2015 MEC Tournament and was handed a 92-64 road loss as the 12th seed. The Pioneers were seeded fifth that year and went on to win the tournament title and claim the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
 
No No. 1 seed has ever won the MEC Tournament and the last two tournament champions have been seeded outside the top three.
 
Tickets for the 2017 MEC Tournament are on sale now and can be purchased here. Single session tickets for adults are $12 for general admission or $15 for reserved seating with VIP passes priced at $35. Youth single session general admission tickets for those aged 12-18 are $5 and children single session general admission tickets for those 11 years old or younger are $1. Youth single session reserved seating tickets for those aged 12-18 are $10 and children single session reserved seating tickets for those 11 years old or younger are $5. All session tickets are also available with adult tickets priced at $30 and $40, youth tickets at $20 and $30, and children tickets at $5 and $20. VIP all session passes are $125.
 
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MEC Tournament Seeds
1. Fairmont State (27-1, 21-1 MEC)
2. West Liberty (25-3, 19-3 MEC)
3. Wheeling Jesuit (22-6, 16-6 MEC)
4. Shepherd (18-10, 15-7 MEC)
5. Notre Dame (16-12, 10-12 MEC)
6. West Virginia Wesleyan (13-15, 10-12 MEC)
7. Glenville State (11-15, 8-14 MEC)
8. Charleston (14-14, 8-14 MEC)
9. Urbana (12-16, 7-15 MEC)
10. UVa-Wise (9-19, 7-15 MEC)
 
MEC First Round Games (Wednesday, March 1)
6 p.m.: #7 Glenville State vs. #10 UVa-Wise
8:15 p.m.: #8 Charleston vs. #9 Urbana
 
MEC Quarterfinal Games (Friday, March 3)
Noon: #2 West Liberty vs. #7/10 Winner
2:15 p.m.: #3 Wheeling Jesuit vs. #6 West Virginia Wesleyan
6 p.m.: #1 Fairmont State vs. #8/9 Winner
8:15 p.m.: #4 Shepherd vs. #5 Notre Dame


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WISE, Va. – UVa-Wise men's basketball pulled through in a must-win situation Saturday afternoon inside the David J. Prior Convocation Center with a 100-92 win over Concord University. With the victory, the Cavaliers (9-19, 7-15 MEC) secured a spot in next week's Mountain East Conference Tournament. UVa-Wise shot a blistering 58.3 percent (35-of-60) from the field for the game and held the visiting Mountain Lions (11-17, 7-15 MEC) to 47.4 percent (37-of-78) shooting, including 29.4 percent (10-of-34) from beyond the arc.
 
Three different Cavs posted double-doubles and UVa-Wise played an inspired game throughout, coming up with big shots when it mattered most. Led by a game-high 32 points from redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus (London, England), who also grabbed 11 rebounds, the Cavs got a career-high 14 boards and 15 points from freshman guard Chance Sheffey (Staunton, Va.). Freshman point guard Michal Seals (Lancaster, Pa.) tied his career high in assists with 10, while also scoring 17 points.
 
Sheffey completed an old-fashioned 3-point play after about two and a half minutes of play to give UVa-Wise an early five-point lead at 7-2. The Cavs would remain in control for the following five and a half minutes before Concord went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to build a seven-point lead at 30-23. The Mountain Lions would go up by seven twice more in the half but that would be the largest lead for the visitors for the remainder of the game.
 
Trailing 40-33 with around five and a half minutes to go in the half, UVa-Wise scored nine unanswered points over the next minute and a half to retake the lead at 42-40 with just over four minutes left. The Cavs outscored the visitors 9-3 over the final 2:45 of the half and took a six-point, 54-48 lead into the break after Seals knocked down a 3-pointer right before the halftime buzzer sounded.
 
UVa-Wise shot an impressive 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from the field in the opening half and went 6-for-10 from distance. Both Badmus and freshman forward Yesid Mosquera-Perea (Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia) had 13 points to lead the Cavs at the break.
 
Another layup by Sheffey gave UVa-Wise its second seven-point lead after five minutes of second-half action. The Cavs took their first double-digit lead of the contest at 71-61 after a Seals layup capped an 8-2 UV-Wise run with 12:34 left. However, Concord responded with a 10-2 run of its own, trimming down the Cavs' lead to two at 73-71 with just over nine minutes to go.
 
UVa-Wise scored seven unanswered points to make it a 10-point game once more at the 6:19 mark after a pair of shots from Mosquera-Perea and Seals and a 3-pointer by Badmus. The Mountain Lions returned the favor with seven unanswered points themselves as a basket from Stephen Thompson cut the Cavs' lead to three at 86-83 with just over four and a half minutes remaining. That would be as close as Concord would get for the rest of the contest though as a Seals jumper completed another 7-0 stretch for UVa-Wise and gave the Cavs a 10-point margin at 93-83 with two and a half minutes to go. Despite two made treys by the Mountain Lions, UVa-Wise knocked down seven free throws down the stretch to secure the eight-point win. Sheffey went a perfect 4-for-4 at the foul line in the final two minutes of play, while Badmus hit two free throws and redshirt sophomore forward Dimitri Sousa (São Paulo, Brazil) added another.  
 
For the second consecutive game the Cavs outrebounded their opponent, owning a 37-33 advantage on the glass.
 
Mosquera-Perea tied his career high with 15 points and Sousa became the fifth UVa-Wise player to score in double figures, finishing with 13. Junior guard Ricardo Hill Jr. (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted eight points and dished out four assists and freshman guard Tajh Eason (Newport News, Va.) collected three rebounds off the bench.
 
Four different Mountain Lions scored in double figures led by Thompson with 27 and a team-high nine boards. Concord also got 23 points and eight rebounds from Aaron Miller, while Tommy Bolte scored 16 points and distributed eight assists. Michal Sanchez earned 10 points and five assists for the Mountain Lions.
 
Although finishing the regular season standings tied with both Concord and Urbana University, all with a 7-15 MEC record, UVa-Wise secured a berth in the league tournament after sweeping the Mountain Lions this season. Concord will be left out of the MEC Tournament after posting a combined 1-3 record against UVa-Wise and Urbana. The Blue Knights head into next week's postseason tournament as the No. 9 seed after sweeping the Cavs this year and going 1-1 against Concord.
 
The Cavs will now turn their attention to postseason play and the 2017 MEC Tournament held at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. With today's triumph, UVa-Wise has clinched the No. 10 seed and will face seventh-seeded Glenville State College in the MEC Tournament first round, Wednesday, March 1, at 6 p.m.
 
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WISE, Va. – The Cavalier men's basketball team welcomes Concord University to the David J. Prior Convocation Center for their regular season finale Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
 
Storylines – vs. Concord University
UVa-Wise takes on the Mountain Lions in a pivotal Mountain East Conference matchup that will determine the Cavs' postseason fate.
 
With a win, UVa-Wise will clinch a spot in next week's MEC Tournament, however, a loss will eliminate the Cavs from any postseason competition. Concord visits the Prior Center also seeking a berth in the MEC Tournament and needs a victory to guarantee a spot in next week's league tournament, however, can still make postseason play with a loss and an Urbana University loss at Notre Dame College.
 
UVa-Wise can clinch the No. 9 seed in the MEC Tournament with a win and an Urbana loss, or the No. 10 seed with a win and an Urbana win over Notre Dame College. With a 6-15 league record and an 8-19 overall mark, the Cavs are currently tied for 10th in the MEC regular season standings with Urbana but the Blue Knights own the tiebreaker after sweeping UVa-Wise this season. The Mountain Lions are in ninth place in the MEC regular season standings with a 7-14 conference mark and an 11-16 overall record.
 
In the two teams' first meeting this season back on Jan. 19, the Cavs routed Concord 98-70 in Athens, West Virginia. The 28-point win was UVa-Wise's largest margin of victory this season and the Cavs' first road victory of the year. Redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus (London, England) scored a career-high 42 points in the win, the third-most in a single game in the MEC this season.
 
Since the Mountain Lions' loss to UVa-Wise, Concord has posted a 6-4 record and has won six of its last seven games, including a 107-104 upset of then second-ranked West Liberty University. The Mountain Lions have won three consecutive contests as sophomore guard Tommy Bolte has scored a career high in each of the last three games. The reigning MEC Player of the Week has scored 20 points or more in four of Concord's last five games and is averaging 23.4 points per game over the last five contests. The Mountain Lions have made 10 or more 3-pointers in each game during their current win streak.
 
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The Cavs picked up just their second road win of the season Thursday night with a 91-75 defeat at West Virginia State. UVa-Wise outscored the host Yellow Jackets 48-27 in the second half and held West Virginia State to just 25 percent (7-of-28) shooting in the final 20 minutes of play. The Cavs were 10 in the rebound margin and went 22-for-26 (85 percent) at the free-throw line.
 
Freshman point guard Michal Seals (Lancaster, Pa.) scored a game-high 27 points while also grabbing nine rebounds and distributing seven assists. Freshman forward Yesid Mosquera-Perea (Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia) had a career night and almost collected a double-double with a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds.
 
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INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The UVa-Wise men's basketball team earned a 91-75 win at West Virginia State Thursday night in Institute, West Virginia, in a key Mountain East Conference road matchup. The Cavaliers (8-19, 6-15 MEC) outscored the host Yellow Jackets (6-21, 3-18 MEC) 48-27 in the second half and held West Virginia State to 25 percent (7-of-28) shooting in the final 20 minutes of play to earn the win.
 
UVa-Wise shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field and connected on 11 3-pointers in the game, while outrebounding the Yellow Jackets 44-33 and shooting 84.6 percent (22-of-26) from the free-throw line.
 
The Cavs jumped out to a seven-point, 18-11 lead at the first media timeout after a pair of triples from both freshman point guard Michal Seals (Lancaster, Pa.) and redshirt junior forward Dimitri Sousa (São Paulo, Brazil). UVa-Wise outscored West Virginia State 12-7 over the next six minutes of play and forced a Yellow Jacket timeout with 9:47 remaining in the half after a layup by Seals gave the Cavs a 12-point lead at 30-18.
 
West Virginia State responded with a 10-0 run and held UVa-Wise scoreless for an entire five minutes, cutting the Cavs' lead down to two at 30-28. Following the final media timeout of the opening half, junior guard DeMarcus Edwards (Washington, D.C.) knocked down two 3-pointers to extend UVa-Wise's advantage back out to eight with just over four minutes to go. The Yellow Jackets went on another run, this time 12-0 after three treys and a conventional 3-point play, to take their first lead of the game at 40-36 with about two and a half minutes remaining in the half.
 
Another pair of triples by West Virginia State before the half gave the home team a five-point, 48-43 lead heading into the break. The Yellow Jackets shot 50 percent (17-of-34) in the first half and went 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from beyond the arc, while holding the Cavs to 43.2 percent (16-of-37) first-half shooting. UVa-Wise did knock down nine treys as Seals led with 11 first-half points and six assists.
 
The Cavs went on a 14-6 run to start the second half and led 57-54 at the first media timeout after just over five minutes of play. A pair of made foul shots from redshirt junior Taiwo Badmus (London, England) with just under 14 minutes to go gave UVa-Wise its first double-digit lead of the second half at 65-55. The Cavs outscored the home team 30-11 over the first 10 minutes of the second half and built a 14-point advantage at 73-59 after an offensive rebound and tip-in from freshman forward Yesid Mosquera-Perea (Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia).
 
Another offensive rebound and tip-in, this time from freshman guard Tajh Eason (Newport News, Va.), gave UVa-Wise its largest lead of the night at 81-62 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. West Virginia State went on an 8-3 run over the next two minutes of play and trimmed the Cavs' lead down to 14 with just over five minutes to go, but the Yellow Jackets would not be able to get any closer after cutting down the deficit to 14 once more under the three-minute mark. Freshman guard Chance Sheffey (Staunton, Va.) hit a pair of foul shots in the final two minutes to secure the 16-point victory for UVa-Wise.
 
The Cavs shot 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field in the second half and outscored West Virginia State 30-14 in bench points. UVa-Wise also outscored the Yellow Jackets 32-24 in points in the paint.
 
Seals finished with a game-high 27 points, tied his career high rebounds (9) and made a career-high five steals, while distributing a team-high seven assists. Badmus scored 17 points as Mosquera-Perea had a career night with a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds. Sousa added 10 points and Eason earned nine points and tied his career high in rebounds with seven.
 
Terrance Jenkins led three different Yellow Jackets in double-figure scoring with 18 points and a game-high 13 boards. Ernest Jenkins and Tyrie Elliott each totaled 15 points for West Virginia State, while Ernest Jenkins dished out a game-high eight assists. The Yellow Jackets' Cody Morris fouled out but finished with nine points and five rebounds.
 
The Cavs return to game action Saturday for a pivotal matchup against Concord University inside the David J. Prior Convocation Center. The regular season and home finale will tip off at 4 p.m. or approximately 20 minutes after the women's game. The contest will determine if the Cavs make it into next week's MEC Tournament as UVa-Wise has to defeat Concord to make the 10-team tournament field.
 
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