Basketball

HARRISBURG, Ill. - Wabash Valley held Southeastern Illinois scoreless for seven minutes of the second half to pull away to a 88-65 Great Rivers Athletic Conference win Tuesday.

The victory was the first league win for the Warriors, who lost to Southwestern at home Nov. 21.

WVC (6-4, 1-1) was already on a 16-5 run when the scoring drought began at the 10:30 mark of the second half. By the time Randall Pickett scored on a rebound basket with 3:30 remaining, the Warriors had added 11 more points to the margin to make it 82-56.

“It was a good win, a nice win on the road” said Wabash Valley coach Mike Carpenter. He said Southeastern (4-3, 1-1), coming off a win over Olney Central, “is a good ballclub.”

The Warriors put six players in double figures, led by Brienne Miles’ 21 points. Mikeal Donaldson and Tyrone Sherman added 14 points, Jaquan Lynch 11 and both Sam Thompson and Nate Williams with 10 points.

Donaldson was 7-of-7 from the floor and Sherman 7-of-8 as the visitors hit 39-of-59 shots for a season-high 66 percent.

Carpenter said the Warriors “got some good play off the bench” as well.

WVC led 34-29 at halftime, but scored 54 points in the second half.

Thomas led the Falcons with 19 points. Pickett added 12.

Wabash next plays Wednesday at Kaskaskia.

NOTES: Wesley Afolayan has been dismissed from the team for undisclosed reasons.

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