Fairmont State holds off late rally by D&E, 76-73

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Erkam Kiris, left, and Elkins High School product Elliot White (15) defend Fairmont State University’s Kenzie Melko-Marshall during Wednesday night’s Mountain East Conference contest at the McDonnell Center.

ELKINS — Dale Bonner poured in 22 points as Fairmont State University held off Davis & Elkins College for a 76-73 win Wednesday night in Mountain East Conference play at the McDonnell Center.

The Senators (5-12, 2-8 MEC) were dialed in from long range early in the contest, as three straight shots from behind the arc gave the hosts an early 9-2 edge after a Emre Yildirim trey just 3 minutes into the game.

The Falcons (12-4, 7-4 MEC) battled back and took their first lead of the game with 9:16 left in the half when an Isiah Sanders jumper gave the visitors a 22-20 edge.

Fairmont State went on to control a 41-35 lead at the break before D&E rallied in the second half and tied the game at 53 on a Tyler Twyman 3-pointer at the 13:35 mark.

The Falcons answered Twyman’s score with a 7-0 run to forge ahead, 60-53, after a Kenzie Melko-Marshall score with 11:50 left.

A Bonner dunk with 3:59 remaining gave Fairmont State its biggest lead of the second half at 75-65. But the Senators rallied again and cut the deficit to as little at two points, at 75-73, on a Donte Doleman three with 1:08 to play.

A Melko-Marshall free throw with 10 seconds remaining pushed the lead to three points, and D&E was unable to get off a 3-point attempt in the final seconds of play as a Falcon foul sent Doleman to the free-throw line with three ticks left.

Przemyslaw Golek followed Bonner in the scoring column with 17 points. Sanders also reached double digits with 14 points.

Patrick Wilburn and Doleman paced the Senators with 17 points each. Wilburn also had a big night on the glass with 13 rebounds. Erkam Kiris and Yildirim followed with 13 points each.

D&E will entertain MEC foe West Virginia Wesleyan for a 4 p.m. contest on Saturday.