Charleston, WV – The Golden Eagle men fall to Wheeling
Jesuit for the third time this season, ending their hopes of a WVIAC
Charleston would start the quarterfinal matchup hitting efficiently from the field, especially Humphrey who would score seven of UC's first nine points. The Golden Eagles would hold a small lead, 14-11, at first media timeout and things looked promising for Charleston this time around. Out of the timeout Charleston would hit on back-to-back three's by Dreher and Faulkner giving UC a nine point lead at the nine minute mark, 22-13. WJU's Ben Seifert would answer with a three but Lipkins would come back with a three of his own.
Charleston would force a turnover and convert a layup on the other end causing the Cardinals to call a timeout. Out of the timeout the Wheeling would score seven straight to draw within four, Lipkins would hit a floater in the lane to stop the WJU run. The teams would trade baskets for the remainder of the half with UC not able to distance themselves from Jesuit. A banked three by Wheeling with 5 seconds to go would pull the Cardinals within one at the break, UC leading 37-36.
Lipkins would lead Charleston with 12 points on 5-9 shooting while Humphrey would contribute 11 points and 5 boards. Charleston would dish out 11 assists on 14 made buckets while shooting 14-31 from the field good for 45.2%, including 5-12 from behind the arc.
Jesuit's Ben Siefert would go for 12 points, 2-2 from long range, and hand out 4 assists. The Cardinals would go 6-13 from three point land as a team.
Jesuit would grab their first lead since the 17 minute mark out of the break on an easy layup. After trading baskets on a few possessions, Wheeling would extend their lead on some hot outside shooting taking a 7-point lead, 50-43, with 13:30 left in the second half. UC would fall behind as many as 12 with seven minutes to go, with Justin Fritts canning a few triples. Lipkins would get the Eagles within single digits after an and-1 followed by a deep Faulkner three to draw within six, 62-56, with 3:24 showing on the clock. Charleston would not get any closer as Jesuit would close out the game knocking down their free throws to hold off the Golden Eagles for a 10-point win, 72-62.
The Golden Eagles were led by Humphrey's 19 points and seven rebounds, followed by solid efforts by Lipkins' 17 points and Dreher's 10 points and 13 rebounds. Wheeling would have four players in double digits, led by Fritt's 19 points on 5-for-6 shooting from deep.
Charleston would finish the season 19-9.