Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MEC BASKETBALL ; WVSU Enters Holiday Break Knowing Tough Stretch Still to Come

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MEC BASKETBALL ; WVSU Enters Holiday Break Knowing Tough Stretch Still to Come

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Like every Division II team in the country, the West Virginia State men's basketball team is officially on break - getting a week off at the end of the semester to return home for a few days, celebrate the holidays with family and unwind a bit. Through the first 10 games of the season, things have been a bit up and down for the Yellow Jackets as they currently sit at 5-5 following Monday afternoon's victory over Washington Adventist University in their final non-conference game of the season. When they get back, however, is when the real fun starts and coach Bryan Poore's team will get a good look at what his young team can really do as the Mountain East Conference slate begins to pick up.

It wastes no time ramping up, either. Not long after the players make their return to school, West Virginia State faces home games against two of the MEC's elite programs with matchups against West Liberty and Wheeling Jesuit.

"We'll have those two right away and then also Fairmont State not too long after that, so we won't have too much time to snap back into it if we fall behind, Poore said. "The first day of practice when they get back might be a little ugly, but teams all over the country will be seeing that. We'll work some fundamentals to get them back in the flow of things and you can do that for a couple days, but you've got to start game planning and getting ready.

"We're looking at it like a new season starting Jan. 3, and it's going to be here fast.

The week-long break for the holiday began after Monday's game and the players will return to campus to continue practice on Dec. 27. Since the players only get a week off, that played a big part in West Virginia State scheduling the WAU game at noon so it could give the team most of the day Monday to get back home.

Poore likes what he's seen from his team for the most part in this early portion of the season. …

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