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Mountain State’s Mantas Drungys dunks during the second half of the Cougars’ 117-59 win over Southern State Saturday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Mountain State coach Bob Bolen was definitely trying to send a message when he juggled his starting lineup Saturday prior to the Cougars’ game with Southern State Community College (Ohio) at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Consider the message answered.

Emphatically.

Bruce Komakech saw to that.

Komakech had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Cougars rolled over the Patriots 117-59.

The lineup adjustment came after the end of MSU’s 89-82 loss to Lee Tuesday, a game in which MSU blew a 16-point lead.

“We didn’t play with any spark at the end of the game, we didn’t play with any energy,” Bolen said. “So I wasn’t going to start with that today. These guys we went with showed a lot of energy and I thought they got us off to a good start.”

Mark Williams was the only regular who started. Chris Price, Victor Ogunnuyi, Komakech and Steven Gatkuoth were the other starters.

They accounted for 47 points.

MSU’s bench outscored the Patriots’ 70-21.

“We were coming off a real bad loss (against Lee) and coach has been preaching to us to play a complete game,” Komakech said.

“Whether I was starting or not, I was going to come out and play the way I can play, play hard for the whole time out there, like coach wants.”

This one was never in question.

MSU led 50-27 at the half.

MSU not only started quickly, it ended quickly, too, outscoring SSCC 38-13 over the last 10 minutes.

Four other Cougars joined Komakech in double figures, led by Devon Peterson with 22 points. Cam Miller added 17, Williams had a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists and Mantas Drungys had 12.

The win ended a rare two-game home losing skid for MSU (11-5).

“We hadn’t been 10-5 since the mid-90s,” Bolen said. “And we have a tough (Independent) region. We have to deal with (Cal State) San Marcos beating No.  2 Robert Morris by 24 (90-66) and Life coming off a big win over (No. 6) Georgetown. Every win at this point is important.”

And that is what the Cougars got Saturday.

“I thought we played hard,” Bolen said. “I know they were stepping up in competition but they were all shooters and we had to make them put the ball on the floor. And we did that.”

Kraig Unger led Southern State with 11 and Curt Wesp added 10. Southern State was 11 of 43 on 3-pointers. MSU was 11 of 27.

The Cougars outrebounded the Patriots 64-35.

MSU faces Rio Grande at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

— E-mail: demorrison@register-herald.com

MOUNTAIN STATE 117, SOUTHERN STATE 59

SOUTHERN STATE (7-9)

Tyler Knabb 1-10 0-0 3, Brandon Stace 2-5 0-1 5, Kraig Unger 4-14 1-2 11, Curt Wesp 4-8 2-4 10, Tyler Jimison 3-13 1-1 9, Rodney Peters 1-6 1-2 3, Taylor Little 2-6 0-2 5, Blake Blevins 2-3 1-2 7, Zach Grazilla 2-7 0-0 6. Totals 21-72 6-14 59.

MOUNTAIN STATE (11-5)

Chris Price 5-7 1-1 12, Mark Williams 4-8 1-1 12, Victor Ogunnuyi 1-2 0-0 2, Bruce Komakech 8-11 1-2 17, Steven Gatkuoth 2-5 0-0 4, Devon Peterson 7-14 4-4 22, Cam Miller 5-10 5-5 17, Kevin Timmons 2-4 0-1 4, Mantas Drungys 5-6 2-3 12, Quinton Thomas 4-7 0-0 9, David Nyarsuk 3-9 0-2 6, Dino Muslic 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 46-85 14-19 117.

Halftime—MSU 50-27. 3-Point Goals—SSCC 11-43 (Knabb 1-10, Stace 1-3, Unger 2-7, Wesp 0-1, Jimison 2-9, Little 1-3, Blevins 2-3, Grazilla 2-7), MSU 11-27 (Price 1-1, Williams 3-7, Ogunnuyi 0-1, Komakech 0-1, Peterson 4-7, Miller 2-5, Timmons 0-2, Thomas 1-2). Fouled Out—Unger. Rebounds—SSCC 35 (Unger 7), MSU 64 (Komakech 12, Nyarsuk 12). Assists—SSCC 13 (Knabb 5, Unger 5), MSU 29 (Williams 11). Total Fouls—SSCC 18, MSU 14. A—1,019.

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