By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
The WLU men’s basketball team is back in action tonight in the ASRC against West Virginia Wesleyan College. After only their second loss at Concord and win at UVa-Wise on the road last week, the Hilltoppers have their sights on rebounding back this weekend while at home in two Mountain East Conference (MEC) match-ups.
Tip-off against the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats is tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Bobcats are currently in the middle of the MEC standings with an overall record of 12-12, 9-9 in conference. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers will enter the game with a record of 22-2, 16-2 in conference.
Earlier in the season, on Jan. 10, the Hilltoppers dominated the Bobcats winning 97-76.
It’ll be the 132nd meeting between the two schools, with the Bobcats holding the series lead just barely at 66-65. If the Hilltoppers win tonight, they will tie that record. For perspective, Coach Jim Crutchfield is 23-1 against them since becoming head coach.
On Saturday, the Hilltoppers will then face off against Glenville State College Pioneers at 4 p.m. in the ASRC. Glenville State will enter the game with an overall record of 10-12, 7-11 in conference.
Like Wesleyan, Glenville State also holds the series lead against West Liberty at 71-66 while coming into the 138th meeting between the two schools. However, Coach Crutchfield also has the upper hand as he is currently 17-3 against the Pioneers.
Earlier in the season on Jan. 8, the Hilltoppers won 108-105 in overtime. Although the Pioneers only led by at most two points during the game, they hung on to force the game into overtime. If the game Saturday is anything like this one, it’ll be a game to see.
Another Hilltopper to watch is senior forward Zac Grossenbacher, as he’s currently 17 points away from becoming the 48th West Liberty player to score 1,000 points. He’s currently averaging 10.5 points per game.
Another key player to look for is transfer junior guard Dan Monteroso, who is dominating scoring with an average 19 points per game. Another double-digit scorer is sophomore guard David Dennis with 13.2 points per game.
Freshman Clay Guillozet had two high-scoring games against Concord and UVa-Wise, scoring 12 and 16 points, respectively. Keep an eye out for him to see if he can keep the streak going this weekend.
Although last week’s 107-104 loss to Concord hurt, it also became WLU’s 200th 100-point game under Crutchfield, with WLU leading heavily 189-11 in those games. Let’s see if the Hilltoppers can make to another 100 plus game this week!
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