PHILIPPI - Alderson Broaddus University moved one step closer to securing the G-MAC regular-season crown by defeating league leader Kentucky Wesleyan, 69-62, in front of a packed Rex Pyles Arena on Saturday.
A victory by the Battlers (19-5, 11-1 G-MAC) against either Salem International on Tuesday or area rival Davis &?Elkins on Saturday would secure the G-MAC title and allow ABU?to host the conference's postseason tournament.
"It was a hard-fought, really physical game by both teams," Battlers coach Greg Zimmerman. "We made some key plays down the stretch that decided the game.
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Alderson Broaddus’ Adam Kline is shown during a game earlier this season against Davis &?Elkins College. The senior had nine rebounds and seven points in a 69-62 win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday. The Battlers need a win in one of their final two games to secure the G-MAC regular-season title.
The veteran coach added work was still needed to gain the league title in ABU's first-year of playing in the G-MAC.
"It's not over, we have two more games to win," he said.
Senior Adam Kline grabbed nine rebounds, scored seven points and blocked two shots in the victory over the Panthers.
Lonnie Hayes scored18 points in the second half for Kentucky Wesleyan. Lucas Barker added a pair of 3-pointers with less than 30 seconds left in the game, but it was too late as the hosts were able to run out the clock.
ABU shot 52 percent from the floor and went 9 for 10 from the foul line in the second half.
Sophomore Malcolm Tatum scored 22 points in the contest. He was 8 of 13 shooting and 2 of 4 from beyond the perimeter.
The Battlers will host Salem International at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday before visiting D&E Saturday in the regular-season finale.
Davis &?Elkins ...... 80
Trevecca Nazarene 75
ELKINS - Wesley Sprinkle fired in 17 points Saturday to lift Davis & Elkins over Trevecca Nazarene in G-MAC action.
Devin Miller added a double-double for the Senators with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Juwan Strothers scored 16 points and Brian Dixon chipped in 11.
The Trojans were paced by Nick Drake with 16 points.
Taylor Clay (14), Mac Walden (13) and Byron Sanford (10) also hit double digits.
D&E (11-12, 4-7 G-MAC) will travel to Ohio Valley at 7:30 p.m. today.
Wesleyan 62, Wheeling Jesuit 47
BUCKHANNON - Tanner McGrew scored 16 points to lead West Virginia Wesleyan to the Mountain East Conference victory over Wheeling Jesuit Saturday at the Rockefeller Center.
The Bobcats will travel to Shepherd at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for another conference game.
Trevecca Nazarene 85, D&E 76
ELKINS - Jorden Lykes scored a game-high 20 points but it wasn't enough to push Davis &?Elkins past Trevecca Nazarene Saturday in G-MAC action.
Sharmaine Baker added 14 points and Stephanie Wooten 13 for the Senators.
Anna Mitchell paced the Trojans with 18 points. Kaci Britt-Bell added a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds). Sarah Raby (15) and Paige Baugher (11) also registered double digits.
D&E will visit Ohio Valley at 5:30 p.m. today.
Kentucky Wesleyan 74, ABU 61
PHILIPPI - Jordanne Gambill scored 14 points to push Kentucky Wesleyan College past Alderson Broaddus University on Saturday.
Rachel Ashley led the Battlers with 18 points in the loss.
ABU will visit Salem International at 6 p.m. Tuesday for another G-MAC contest.
Wheeling Jesuit 69, Wesleyan 59
BUCKHANNON - Breanna Butler tallied a double-double to lead Wheeling Jesuit past West Virginia Wesleyan Saturday in MEC play at the Rockefeller Center.
Butler collected a game-high 21 points to go with her 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats were led by Kacey Johnson with 16 points. KiKi DeVane added 11 points and 12 rebounds
Wesleyan will visit Shepherd at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.