B-U suffers home loss to Cougars

TENNERTON – Lincoln capitalized on a cold-shooting night from Buckhannon-Upshur in capturing a 47-32 road decision over the Bucs Thursday night in Big 10 Conference action.

The Cougars delivered a 14-2 run to close the third quarter and blow open what was a close game.

“Our poor free-throw shooting and inability to knock down some open looks helped give (Lincoln) some momentum,” B-U coach Eli Gurash said. “We were 0-for-6 from the (foul) line in the third quarter, and it gets to a point where it is tough to keep the morale up on the defensive end when you are not scoring on offense.”

Lincoln led 13-9 after the first quarter and maintained a 20-16 lead at the half. Four minutes into the second half, the lead was still four at 24-20. A Josh Rexroad three-pointer ignited the Cougar surge that created a 38-22 lead after three quarters. Lincoln cruised in the fourth quarter as the lead reached its zenith at 45-27.

Rexroad led all scorers with 16 points, which included four three-pointers. Hunter Hamrick added 12 points, while Brandon Fazalare and Jonathan Landis each collected 11 rebounds.

Dalton Westfall led B-U with teams highs of 14 points and eight rebounds. Zane Clevenger added six points. The Bucs were only 5-of-17 from the free throw line. Gurash played a total of 12 players in the game, including three freshmen.

“We have a lot of kids working hard in practice, so we a concerted effort to get a lot of them varsity minutes,” Gurash said. “We are getting some good effort and it means a lot to the younger guys to get some time at game speed.”

Lincoln raises their overall mark to 4-5 on the campaign, while Buckhannon-Upshur falls to 1-9. The Bucs return to action next Tuesday against Lewis County.