Senators fall to Big Blues

ELKINS – Shakir Dunning’s 3-pointer with five seconds remaining helped Bluefield State claim a 79-78 victory over Davis & Elkins Thursday night at the McDonnell Center.

The loss dropped the Senators’ record to 12-15, while the Big Blues improved to 8-14.

D&E appeared to be in control after Aleks Vasilevic’s conventional 3-point play to start the second half gave the hosts a 38-27 advantage.

But Bluefield State responded with a 21-8 surge to take a 48-46 cushion with 11:48 left in regulation.

Dunning sparked the run, scoring 13 of the Big Blues’ 21 points.

D&E answered with a 10-3 burst to regain the lead at 56-51 after a layup by Devin Miller.

The Senators maintained the advantage until Treon Claiborne knocked down two free throws with 2:58 remaining to give Bluefield State a 71-70 edge.

After the teams exchanged the lead over the next 2 minutes, a dunk by Miller put D&E up 78-76 with 20 seconds left.

But Dunning answered with his trey from the right wing 15 ticks later. T.J. Guthrie’s jumper at the buzzer was off the mark for the hosts.

Dunning finished with 39 points on the night, including six 3-pointers.

Claiborne added 13 points for the visitors, while Dominique Cartier chipped in with 11.

Miller’s 17 points off the bench paced the Senators. Kevin Bracy-Davis also reached double figures in a reserve role with 15.

D&E held a 42-31 rebounding advantage with Miller collecting 10. Samuel Ouedraogo pulled in 12 caroms for the Big Blues.

Guthrie added four assists in a losing effort.

Both teams netted 80 percent of their free-throw attempts and both squads shot over 40 percent from the field,

D&E will conclude the regular season at 4 p.m. Saturday at home against G-MAC regular-season champion and area rival Alderson Broaddus. The league tourney will begin Thursday in Philippi.