Tech men are rolling

Jan. 17—The WVU Tech men's basketball team has won eight straight games and vaulted itself back into the national conversation.

All of that will be on the line Thursday when the Golden Bears continue their long road streak with another trip to the Hoosier State.

Tech (12-3, 5-1 River States Conference) will take on West Division leader Saint Mary-of-the-Woods at 7:30 p.m. The women will precede that with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

The men have not lost a game since November. They extended their streak to eight last Monday with a tight 93-89 victory at Indiana East.

The Golden Bears, who were in the others receiving votes category in the latest NAIA Top 25 released Wednesday, are getting it done with one of the nation's most prolific offenses. They are tied for first in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.9 percent (142 of 339), and are seventh in overall field goal percentage at 52.3 (439 of 839).

Tech is fourth in the conference in scoring at 83.1 ppg.

All five Tech starters are averaging double figures, led by freshman Braden Chapman at 17.5 points per game. Senior Andrew Work is close behind at 17.2.

They are followed by Thomas Hailey (13.1), Brant Smithers (12.4) and Ashton Parker (10.4). Work (64.2), Hailey (63.1) and Parker (62.0) are Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in the conference in field goal percentage.

Chapman also leads Tech in assists (3.7) and steals (2.1). Parker is the top rebounder at 8.3.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 12-4, 6-0) goes in on its own streak, having won six straight. The Pomeroys are right behind Tech in scoring at 82.9 ppg, and are allowing a third-best 69.5 points.

Senior forward Cobie Barnes is the Pomeroys' top scorer at 21.8 ppg, which is third in the conference, and rebounder (7.9).

Chaz Birchfield averages 11.6 ppg and Greg Jenkins 10.1.

The Tech women (4-11, 1-4) will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

Sophomore Alva Hedrich, a 6-foot-2 center, averages a double-double for the Golden Bears at 14.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per games. The rebounds are third in the league.

Sophomore guards Alexis Sexton and Rylie Allie are second and third at 11.6 and 11.3. Senior guard Breeana Grigsby pulls down 6.6 rebounds.

Senior guard Marquesia Heidt leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, knocking down 24 of 55 (43.6 percent) of her shots.

The Pomeroys (9-7, 4-2) are second in the West Division. Madison Fueger leads them with 13.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

Irye Gomez is at 13.4 ppg and Brooklynn Jones 12.9

Tech will finish its four-game road trip Saturday at Indiana-Kokomo before returning home Tuesday to face Midway. The women will play first that day at 5:30 p.m. before the men's tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

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