Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NOTEBOOK ; Webb's Departure Leaves WVSU Looking for Options at Point Guard

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NOTEBOOK ; Webb's Departure Leaves WVSU Looking for Options at Point Guard

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BRIDGEPORT - Sophomore guard Frank Webb has left the West Virginia State men's basketball team, coach Bryan Poore announced Tuesday at Mountain East Conference Media Day. Webb, who averaged 13 points and three assists per game last season, left the program last week and the Yellow Jackets now find themselves in a difficult spot, looking for a replacement option at point guard with the start of the season approaching.

"It's difficult to lose him at this time. If you lose a guy in the summer, you can find a replacement, Poore said. "The timing of it makes it difficult for us, but our guys have handled it well. They know it's just the next guy up, we have to just go out and play.

Poore indicated that Brent Bauer is in line to move into the starting lineup, while Jae'Von McClain and Terrance Jenkins can also play point guard. West Virginia State opens the season with an exhibition against Marshall on Thursday.

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After making its third trip to the Division II Final Four in four seasons, the West Liberty men's team once again was picked to finish first in the MEC.

The Hilltoppers earned 10 first-place votes in the poll, which was selected by the league's coaches.

"Preseason polls don't mean a whole lot, but I know what kind of programs [the other MEC schools] have and this is not a comfortable position to be in, West Liberty coach Jim Crutchfield said. "I always feel like I function better when the expectations are lower. I've got some pretty good kids and we lost some really great ones.

"I know for us to be a really good, competitive team, the guys who are back have to get better from last year.

The two remaining votes for first place went to Fairmont State and Wheeling Jesuit, with the Falcons picked to finish second in the conference by a slim margin. At one point last season, West Liberty, Fairmont State and Wheeling Jesuit were all ranked in the top five, with the Hilltoppers and Cardinals both spending time at No. 1 nationally.

Charleston was picked to finish No. 5 in the MEC. The Golden Eagles don't return much from last season's group that finished 16- 14, and coach Dwaine Osborne has brought in 11 newcomers. …

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