Rontray Chavis scored 26 points in the second half to lead Wabash Valley College to a come-from-behind, 77-68 Great Rivers Athletic Conference win over Southeastern Illinois on Wednesday night at Spencer Sports Center.
WVC trailed at halftime, 42-35. And, Chavis had only three points. “We didn’t have any energy in the first half. We had to come out in the second half, rebound, execute, get the ball down low and score,” said Chavis of the second half turnaround.
“A lot of time with (Chavis), it’s just motivation,” said WVC coach Eric Murphy. “We tried to run things to him, and get the ball in his hands. When he has it going, he’s pretty hard to stop.”
The win was the second in a row for Wabash Valley (6-4), now even in the GRAC, at 1-1. The Falcons fell to 2-7, and 1-2.
“In the second half, we played with a lot more energy, especially on the defensive end,” Murphy said.Southeastern sizzled beyond the arc line in the first half, hitting nine of 11 trey attempts, the chief reason for a 42-35 lead at half tine.
“I told them ‘These guys can shoot,”’ Murphy said of the Falcons. “We missed a couple of assignments. We’d run under the screen, and then didn’t have any help.”
Chavis scored six of seven Warrior baskets during one stretch in the second half as the hosts went on a 15-2 run to get the lead at 54-53. Though Southeastern hung around, trailing only 66-64 with 3:41 remaining, the lid went on the hoop for the Falcons, who landed only one more field goal the rest of the way. The Warriors, meanwhile, were getting their licks in at the free throw line. Chavis, who also led the team with 16 rebounds, scored his last seven points at the stripe.
Tyrone Sherman finished with 12 points, while Thomas Feeney finished with 10.
The Lady Warriors opened up a close game in the final two minutes, outscoring Southeastern, 17-6 down the stretch.WVC (4-4, 1-1 in GRAC) led at halftime, 32-26. The Lady Falcons, coached by former WVC coach Clyde Buck, fell to 2-5 with the loss, and 0-3 in GRAC play.Brittany Andersen led Wabash with 15 points. Rashawnda Shamell and Lashawnda Thomas each totalled 13 for the winners.
Both WVC teams complete the 2012 portion of the schedule on Saturday in a home doubleheader against Moberly Area. The women’s game begins at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s affair. Then, both teams break camp for the holidays, and do not play again until Jan. 7, at Kaskaskia, two days before a return wto Spencer ahainst Olney.