Strong second quarter propels Morgantown over Martinsburg

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — An 11-0 run to start the second quarter propelled Morgantown past Martinsburg, 80-51 Saturday afternoon. Leading 12-9 after the opening eight minutes, the Mohigans outscored the Bulldogs 27-9 in the second quarter to build a 39-18 halftime lead.

“I thought we got good shots in the first quarter. But we were 3-for-15 in the first quarter,” said Morgantown head coach Dave Tallman. “We haven’t played in eight days and we have played two games in three weeks. Martinsburg had a tough loss last night so I thought they came out ready to play. They played hard so I give them credit too.”

Alec Poland led the Mohigans (7-3) and all scorers with 23 points.  

“He is forty years old so it is men amongst boys out there. I thought he ran the floor really hard. He got position on their guys.”

Sophomore point guard Sha-Ron Young posted a double-double with 20 points and ten assists.

“I though Sha-Ron had his best game yet. He had ten assists and two turnovers,” Tallman said. “So he did a great job finding [Poland] and those other guys when they ran hard.”

The Mohigans have played just twice in the month of January due to numerous weather-related postponements.

“Now we get to play. We get to play three times next week. So we are just really looking forward to getting out there and playing.”

Avion Blackwood led Martinsburg (4-5) with 20 points. K’Marion Dowe added ten points for the Bulldogs.

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