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GCU Falls at West Virginia in CBI First Round

GCU Falls at West Virginia in CBI First Round

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Grand Canyon's season came to an end with a 77-63 loss to West Virginia in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Wednesday. The Lopes close the season at 20-14.

Grand Canyon held the Mountaineers to just 2-of-12 shooting to start the game and jumped out to a 14-7 lead. Things then turned cold for the Lopes and West Virginia went on a 9-0 run to take the lead, 18-17, with 8:48 left in the first half.

After GCU tied it at 20 on an Oscar Frayer three-pointer with 8:09 left in the half, both teams traded baskets until Alessandro Lever and Carlos Johnson went to the bench with two fouls apiece on back-to-back plays and the Mountaineers closed the half on a 4-0 run to take a 32-36 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, the Lopes tied the game at 43 just over five minutes in on a Lever dunk and later led 51-49 with 9:40 left in the game. West Virginia then used a 22-2 run to take a 71-53 lead and with 4:13 left and put the game out of reach for good. GCU made just 1-of-10 shots during that stretch.

Frayer led the Lopes with 13 points, while Damari Milstead added 12. Michael Finke chipped in nine points and Lever and Jackson finished with eight apiece. Lever also pulled down a team-high eight boards.

Grand Canyon shot 40 percent from the floor, 31 percent from three-point range and just 57 percent from the free throw line on the game. The Mountaineers connected on 41 percent from the field, 27 percent from downtown and made 13-of-18 of their free throws. West Virginia dominated the glass, 49-36.