Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MEC BASKETBALL ; UC, State Limp into Showdown

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MEC BASKETBALL ; UC, State Limp into Showdown

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The University of Charleston and West Virginia State men's basketball teams both enter Thursday's 7:30 p.m. game needing something to go their way. Both teams enter the contest at UC's new Wehrle Athletic Arena riding six-game losing streaks, and both are trying to regain momentum after hitting a rough snag early in Mountain East Conference play.

"We have to be better at the intangible things, and if we can get that better we'll be on our way to fixing our other problems, UC coach Dwaine Osborne said. "This is unchartered waters for us because we haven't lost more than three games in a row since I've been here. My message has been to just do the fundamental things well and that will be a huge part of us moving in the right direction.

The Golden Eagles (9-7, 3-7 MEC) and Yellow Jackets (5-11, 2-8 MEC) have gone through a stretch that would be difficult for any team to manage - facing six of the top seven teams in the MEC, including stretches where they played No. 2 Fairmont State, No. 4 West Liberty and No. 8 Wheeling Jesuit over the span of a week.

But it's still been a tough feeling to stomach for the teams.

For West Virginia State, a group that is full of several underclassmen and newcomers, it's a stretch that coach Bryan Poore said will show his team's toughness as it looks to keep moving forward and put what has happened behind it.

"They're kids. All of us want to win, you want to feel that feeling, Poore said. "It's tough right now. I've told them that we just have to grind it out and move on to the next day.

One thing Osborne has preached about his team since the preseason has been the importance of his upperclassmen to step up in times like this. When things get difficult and the team is struggling, it helps to have guys like seniors Elliott Cole and Justin Coleman leading the way.

He has continued to lean on them to provide the right type of leadership as the Golden Eagles look to get out of the hole they're in.

"We really are going to go as our seniors go, Osborne said. …

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