ELKINS – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers were finally able to put their four-game slide to bed with a come-from-behind 60-54 win over the Elkins Tigers in a Big 10 Conference clash Wednesday night.
The Bucs hadn’t won since a 73-61 victory over East Fairmont back on Jan. 22.
Part of the reason for the length of the streak was due to inactivity by the Buccaneers.
With last Friday’s home contest with Lewis County getting postponed, the Bucs had only played one game in the last 11 days.
The time away from the court appeared to help the Bucs clear some things out of the way.
“After our game last week with Bridgeport, we really came together,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. “We preach family and you really find out who your family is when you are down. We knew we were better than what we were doing in that four-game losing streak. We knew we had things we had to fix. The time off wound up helping us in the long run. We had gotten a little lazy with some things. But we had some great practices leading into this game.”
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair.
Ryan Strader gave the Bucs an 8-6 lead with 4:46 showing on the clock but Elkins outscored the Bucs the rest of the quarter by an 11-6 margin taking a 17-14 lead into the second quarter.
The Bucs tied the game when Noam Keith turned in an old-fashioned three-point play deadlocking the game at 19-19.
Elkins followed with a 13-2 run giving them a 32-21 lead with 3:33 left in the half.
The Bucs answered with a 9-0 run behind Will McCauley dropping in a free throw, Harrison Walker and Ryan Hurst scoring jumpers in the paint and Lamar Hurst knocking down four straight free throws to cut the lead to 32-30, with 1:23 remaining in the half.
Walker hit another jumper to end the half with the Bucs trailing by a 34-32 score.
Dre Owens started the half for Elkins with a three-pointer, but Ryan Hurst scored on a lay-up and Strader went coast-to-coast with a lay-up to bring the Bucs to within one, at 37-36.
Elkins went on a 9-2 run to open up a 46-38 lead with 2:19 remaining in the stanza.
The Bucs responded with nine unanswered points to end the quarter.
McCauley put in a lay-up, Ryan Hurst scored five straight points and Keith knocked down two free throws during the run.
That set the Bucs up with a 47-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Mitchell Price made a basket to put Elkins back in front by a 48-47 score, but McCauley put in a free throw to tie it up and Josh Loudin and Keith put in consecutive baskets to treat the Bucs to a 52-48 advantage.
A free throw by Loudin and two by Strader gave the Bucs a 55-50 lead with 4:33 remaining.
Zach Miller scored for Elkins making it a 55-52 game with four minutes left.
Loudin made a free throw to up it to a 56-52 contest but Miller scored on a baseline jumper to cut it to a two-point game, at 56-54, with a minute remaining.
The Bucs closed the game out at the free throw line going four-for-six at the stripe in the last minute of action for the six-point win.
“Tonight, everyone stepped up big,” said Foster. “It was a sign of how we practiced leading up to this game. It didn’t matter who we put in tonight, they contributed to the win. This was a great win for us in a rivalry game.”
The Bucs shot 45.2 percent for the game.
Ryan Hurst led the Bucs with 16 points while Loudin had 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Blake Harris and Owens each had 15 points for Elkins.
Elkins dropped to 6-10 overall and 4-7 in the Big 10 Conference.
The Bucs improved to 10-8 overall and 7-6 in the Big 10 Conference.
The Bucs will play again Monday when they host Musselman at 7:30 p.m.
Buckhannon-Upshur 14 18 15 13 – 60
Elkins 17 17 12 8 – 54
Ryan Hurst 6-12 3-4 16; Josh Loudin 5-9 2-4 12; Harrison Walker 2-6 3-4 7; Noam Keith 2-3 3-3 7; Ryan Strader 2-2 2-3 6; Lamar Hurst 0-2 5-6 5; Will McCauley 1-3 2-4 4; Mason Hyre 1-5 1-2 3. Totals 19-42 20-28 60.
Blake Harris 6-15 0-0 15; Dre Owens 6-15 1-3 15; Zach Miller 3-5 0-0 6; Brayden Davis 2-7 0-0 4; Mason Kimbleton 2-4 0-0 4; Luke Jackson 1-3 0-0 3; Trevor Chenoweth 1-2 0-0 3; Mitchell Price 1-3 0-1 2; Peyton Isner 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 22-54 3-6 54.
Three-point field goals –Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 1-2; Hyre 1-2; Loudin 0-1; Walker 0-2. Totals 2-7; Elkins: Harris 3-9; Owens 2-6; Chenoweth 1-2; Jackson 1-3; Miller 0-1; Davis 0-4. 7-25.
Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 10; L. Hurst 5; R. Hurst 4; Walker 4; Strader 4; deadball 2; McCauley 1; Hyre 1; team 1. Totals 32; Elkins: Davis 9; Owens 6; Isner 6; Kimbleton 6; team 3; Harris 2; Price 1; Miller 1. Totals 34.
Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 3; R. Hurst 1; Hyre 1; Walker 1. Totals 6; Elkins: Davis 4; Harris 3; Owens 2; Isner 2. Totals 11.
Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 1; Hyre 1; L. Hurst 1; Walker 1; Loudin 1. Totals 5; Elkins
Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 1. Totals 1; Elkins: Harris 1; Owens 1; Isner 1; Davis 1. Totals 4.
Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 9; Elkins: 12.
Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 14; Elkins: 20.