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D&E falls to 22nd-ranked Hilltoppers

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins was held to a a season-low point total in dropping a 77-59 decision to nationally-ranked West Liberty Monday night in Mountain East Conference at the McDonnell Center.

The Senators (3-9, 3-9 MEC) shot 38.9 percent from the floor, including a 4 of 22 effort from beyond the arc. They were held 21 points below their season average of 80 points per game.

The 22nd-ranked Hilltoppers, the highest-scoring team in the nation, fared worse from the floor as they connected on 26 of 71 field-goal attempts for a season-low 36.6 percent, hitting 11 of 42 tries from 3-point land for 26.2 percent.

Dalton Bolon had 19 points, including 11 in the second half, to lead the winners.

Bryce Butler added 16, Pat Robinson III 15 and Malik McKinney 13.

Robert C. Byrd product Luke Dyer dished out seven assists to go along with six caroms.

Breland Walton paced D&E with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Sam Rolle IV added 14 points and eight assists and Gyasi Powell and Kyle Leslie 11 points each.

D&E trailed by seven in the first half before taking a 30-29 lead on a pair of free throws from Walton with 2:07 left until halftime.

A jumper by Fable Burden III extended the lead to 32-29 but a late bucket by Robinson allowed West Liberty to carry a 33-32 advantage into the intermission.

Leading 42-39 with 16:33 left in regulation, the Hilltoppers took over.

A trey by Bolon started a 16-5 run as the lead swelled to 14, at 58-44, on Butler’s 3-pointer with 10:16 remaining.

D&E got no closer than 13 points the remainder of the night.

West Liberty held a 49-36 rebounding advantage. The Hilltoppers (11-3, 11-3) had eight turnovers and the Senators committed 13.

D&E remains home on Wednesday to battle West Virginia State.

West Liberty, which moved to first in the North Division of the MEC, hosts second-place Fairmont State for an MEC battle on the same evening.

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