Loudin has 18 but Buccaneers drop 78-55 decision to No. 3 Mohigans

Josh Loudin (24) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers puts in a short baseline jumper while getting contact from Morgantown’s Carson Poffenberger (24) during the first half of their non-conference contest Wednesday night at the high school gym. Loudin had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds but the Bucs dropped a 78-55 decision.

TENNERTON – It’s a place they want to get but they aren’t there quiet yet.

The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers didn’t bring the game they needed against No. 3 Morgantown in a 78-55 setback in a non-conference clash Wednesday night at the high school gym.

The Bucs came out timid against the bigger Mohigans and got buried early in the first quarter to the chagrin of Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster.

“It’s like if we see a ranked team, someone higher than us and we get scared,” remarked Foster. “We need to realize that we can play with these teams. It showed that we weren’t mentally ready for Morgantown. We came into this game not ready to play. Our practices on Monday and Tuesday were terrible.”

Foster said it’s frustrating to see his team being almost ready to take that next step, but not being mentally prepared for it.

“We are in a situation to play with these teams and be competitive,” stated Foster. “It’s disappointing to come of flat and scared. Morgantown is a good team and they are dialed in, and losing the game is okay. Sure, we wanted to win but the effort tonight was unacceptable. Just that scared look. We hurt own selves a lot of the time tonight.”

The loss ruined a strong game from Josh Loudin who came off the bench to score 18 points and grab 10 rebounds for a double-double.

The Bucs were down by scores of 8-1 and 14-2 before they were able to compose themselves.

Lamar Hurst buried a three-pointer and Ryan Strader turned in an old-fashioned three-point play to close the gap six, at 14-8, but the Mohigans pushed their lead back to eight, at 20-12, at the end of the first quarter.

Lamar Hurst went inside for a lay-up and Loudin put in a rebound to make it just a four-point game, at 20-16, but Morgantown went on a 7-3 run to put their lead back to eight, at 27-19.

Down 31-22, Ryan Hurst put in two foul shots and Loudin scored in the paint to close the gap down to five, at 31-26, with three minutes left in the second quarter.

Morgantown outscored the Bucs by a 10-7 margin in the final three minutes for a 41-33 advantage at the half.

The Bucs came out flat again in the third quarter scoring just eight points.

Strader made a jumper at the 5:50 mark if the third quarter to make it a 44-35 game, but the Bucs went cold after that for the next four minutes as Morgantown went on a 16-0 run taking a 60-35 lead.

Lamar Hurst finally interrupted the run with a pair of free throws, but the Mohigans took a 65-41 lead heading into the final quarter of action.

With Morgantown having their biggest lead of the game, at 28 points at 73-45, Loudin scored on a rebound, Strader put in a lay-up and Loudin came back to knock down a jumper in the paint for a 6-0 run closing it to a 73-51 score with 2:19 remaining.

Morgantown closed the game out outscoring the Bucs by a 5-4 margin.

“Morgantown has all the tools to win a state championship,” concluded Foster. “They are an elite program. They took care of business tonight. We are trying to build a team like that. I was hoping to see us get better but I am not sure we did tonight.”

Following Loudin in the boxscore for the Bucs were Lamar Hurst with 14 points and Strader with eight.

Alexander Rudy scored 18 points to lead Morgantown while Carson Poffenberger had 13 and Xavier Pryor 11.

Morgantown improved to 12-2 on the season.

The Bucs dropped to 9-6 overall.

They were slated to play Philip Barbour Friday and will return to action visiting Bridgeport on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

They will wrap up the week  Friday hosting Lewis County at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Morgantown              20  21  24  13 – 78

Buckhannon-Upshur 12  21  8  14 – 55

Morgantown 78

Alexander Rudy 6-13 5-6 18; Carson Poffenberger 6-7 0-0 13; Xavier Pryor 5-8 1-2 11; Tony Battle 3-6 2-2 10; Mac McMillen 2-4 4-5 8; Alec Poland 2-3 0-0 6; Luke Betchel 2-3 0-0 5; Maxwell Washington 1-2 2-3 4; Jaheim Felton 0-1 3-4 3; Brooks Gage 0-3 0-0 0; Antonio Rollo 0-0 0-0 0; Lonnie Borom 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-50 17-22 78.

Buckhannon-Upshur 55

Josh Loudin 7-15 4-5 18; Lamar Hurst 5-17 2-3 14; Ryan Strader 8; Euan Kettle 2-2 0-0 6; Ryan Hurst 1-17 2-2 4; Will McCauley 1-2 0-0 2; Harrison Walker 0-1 2-2 2; Noam Keith 0-1 1-2 1; Sterlin Thropp 0-0 0-0 0; Oliver King 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-60 13-18 55.

Three-point field goals – Morgantown: Poland 2-3; Battle 2-3; Bechtel 1-1; Poffenberger 1-2; Rudy 1-5; Gage 0-2; McMillen 0-1. Totals 7-17; Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 2-4; Kettle 2-2; Strader 0-1; Loudin 0-1; R. Hurst 0-3. Totals 4-11.

Rebounds – Morgantown: Rudy 7; Poffenberger 5; Battle 5; McMillen 5; Felton 3; Gage 3; team 3; Poland 2; Washington 2; Pryor 1; Borom 1; deadball 1. Totals 38; Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 10; L. Hurst 9; McCauley 6; R. Hurst 3; Strader 2; team 2; deadball 2; Walker 1; Kettle 1. Totals 36.

Assists – Morgantown: McMillen 5; Rudy 4; Gage 4; Battle 2; Felton 2; Pryor 2. Totals 19; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 4; L. Hurst 1; Walker 1; Strader 1. Totals 7.

Steals – Morgantown: Battle 2; Gage 1; McMillen 1; Pryor 1. Totals 5; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 4; Walker 1; Strader 1; Loudin 1. Totals 7.

Blocked shots – Morgantown: Washington 1. Totals 1; Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 1. Totals 1.

Turnovers – Morgantown: 12; Buckhannon-Upshur: 12.

Personal fouls – Morgantown: 17; Buckhannon-Upshur: 17.

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