Basketball Bucs win third straight, beats Liberty in Big 10 play, 79-43

Ryan Strader (23) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers powers up a shot over a Liberty defender during the first quarter of their Big 10 Conference contest Tuesday evening at the high school. Strader had a game-high 12 rebounds in the Bucs’ 79-43 victory.

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers raised their winning streak to three with a dominating 79-43 victory over the Liberty Mountaineers in Big 10 Conference action Tuesday night at the high school on Teacher Recognition Night.

With the bench getting a lot of playing time in the blowout, they came up big for the Bucs scoring 37 of their 79 points.

“It was a good night for our younger players to grow,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster.

The Bucs placed four players in double digits as Ryan Hurst scored a game-high 14 points while Dawson Lilly scored 13 and Mason Hyre and Josh Loudin came off the bench to score 13 and 12 respectively.

The Bucs went fast at Liberty most of the night using an up tempo offense.

“We felt that we really could come out and run against Liberty,” remarked Foster. “It really wore them out from the get-go. We knew if we could stop their penetration and control their kick out they would have a tough time beating us.”

With the score tied at 2-2, Lilly scored on lay-up, Hurst went inside for two and Lilly came back and scored on a putback as B-U took an early 8-2 lead.

Following a Liberty basket, the Bucs went on an 8-0 run with Lilly scoring a lay-up, Zach White nailing a baseline jumper and Hurst scoring two straight baskets to treat the Bucs to a 16-4 advantage with three minutes left in the opening quarter.

Liberty scored nine straight to close it to a 16-13 game before Mason Hyre scored inside the paint to end the quarter with the Bucs up 18-13.

The Mountaineers scored the first five points of the second quarter to deadlock the game at 18-18, but White hit a leaner in the paint and Hyre uncorked a 3-pointer to push the B-U lead to five, at 23-18, with 5:18 left in the half.

With the Bucs up 26-20, Hurst scored two on a lay-up and Ryan Strader put in a rebound for two as the Bucs extended their lead to 10, at 30-20.

Jacob Loudin ended the half with a lay-up and a free throw to give the Bucs a 33-22 advantage.

Hurst opened the third quarter with a trey and Jacob Loudin scored on a lay-up as the Bucs upped their lead to 16, at 38-22.

Following a pair of Liberty free throws, Hyre and Hurst hit consecutive treys to push the B-U lead to 20, at 44-24, with 5:41 left in the quarter.

Their biggest third-quarter lead came at the end of the period when Lilly knocked down two free throws to make it a 25-point game at 59-34.

Buckhannon-Upshur started the fourth quarter on a 14-0 run.

During the run Josh Loudin had six points, Will McCauley four and Lilly and Hyre two each as the Bucs owned a 73-34 lead with 2:43 remaining in the game.

Liberty closed the game on a 9-6 run.

The Bucs shot 45.1 percent for the game hitting on 32 of their 71 field goal attempts.

Buckhannon-Upshur held a 54-25 rebounding margin.

Strader led the team in rebounding with 12 while McCauley grabbed 11 and White six.

Jacob Loudin added seven assists. In his last two games Loudin has 15 assists and zero turnovers.

Cole Holden and Hayden Dodd led Liberty with 12 points apiece.

Liberty dropped to 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the Big 10 Conference.

Buckhannon-Upshur improved to 5-4 overall and 5-1 in the Big 10 Conference.

“It was a great night overall,” concluded Foster. “It is a big deal for us to be 5-1 in the conference. Plus we got to recognize our teachers. We give them the support they give us. Sometimes that gets hidden but we want to thank superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus and assistant coach Brandon Weese for working together and making this happen. I also want to thank B-U band director Garrett Friend and the pep band being at the game. They added a lot to the atmosphere of the game.”

The Bucs will return to action Tuesday when they visit East Fairmont for a league game at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Liberty                      13  9  12  9 – 43

Buck.-Upshur             18  15  26  20 – 79

Liberty 43

Jordan Jones 1-9 0-1 2, Isaac Walker 2-4 0-0 4, Cole Holden 4-13 0-0 12, Chance Howell 2-6 0-0 4, Zach Gibson 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph Swiger 0-3 2-2 2, Hayden Dodd 3-5 6-12 12, Mikie Lane 1-2 0-0 2, Wyatt Rock 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 15-44 9-17 43.

Buckhannon-Upshur 79

Ryan Hurst 6-15 0-0 14, Jacob Loudin 3-5 1-1 7, Mason Hyre 5-11 0-0 13, Will McCauley 3-10 2-3 3, Tyler Sandreth 1-3 0-0 3, Dawson Lilly 5-10 2-3 13, Zach White 3-8 0-0 6, Ryan Strader 1-2 0-0 2, Josh Loudin 5-7 2-2 12, Noam Keith 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 32-71 8-11 79.

Three-point field goals – Liberty: Holden 4-11, Jones 0-4, Walker 0-1, Swiger 0-1, Dodd 0-1, Lane 0-1. Totals 4-19; Hyre 3-7, Hurst 2-6, Sandreth 1-3, Lilly 1-4, McCauley 0-1. Totals 7-21.

Rebounds – Liberty: Jones 4, Dodd 4, Walker 3, Howell 3, Swiger 3, Gibson 1, team 4, deadball 3. Totals 25; Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 12, McCauley 11, White 6, Hurst 5, Hyre 5, Lilly 4, Josh Loudin 4, Jacob Loudin 3, Keith 1, team 1, deadball 2. Totals 54.

Assists – Liberty: Jones 2, Holden 2, Howell 2, Swiger 2, Walker 1, Lane 1. Totals 10; Buckhannon-Upshur: Jacob Loudin 7, Hyre 2, Keith 2, Hurst 1, McCauley 1, Lilly 1, Josh Loudin 1. Totals 15.

Steals – Liberty: Howell 2, Holden 1, Gibson 1, Swiger 1. Totals 5; Buckhannon-Upshur: Jacob Loudin 3, Hyre 3, Hurst 2, Strader 2, Lilly 1. Totals 11.

Blocked shots – Liberty: None; Buckhannon-Upshur: Hyre 2, McCauley 1. Totals 3.

Personal fouls – Liberty: 13; Buckhannon-Upshur: 15.

Turnovers – Liberty: 16; Buckhannon-Upshur: 11.


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