Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MEN'S BASKETBALL - CHARLESTON 76, WEST VIRGINIA STATE 70 ; UC Holds off State, Ends 6-Game Slide

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MEN'S BASKETBALL - CHARLESTON 76, WEST VIRGINIA STATE 70 ; UC Holds off State, Ends 6-Game Slide

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The University of Charleston men's basketball team held off a tough rally down the stretch from West Virginia State to pick up a 76-70 victory Thursday night at the Wehrle Athletic Arena on the UC campus. The victory ended a six-game losing streak for the Golden Eagles and was their fifth consecutive win in the rivalry between the two schools.

"We just needed to get the monkey off our back and get one, UC coach Dwaine Osborne said. "We wanted to get back to feeling the way we were feeling in the first semester and we finally got back to doing some of the things that we didn't do that have hurt us recently.

UC led for most of the game and held a commanding 12-point advantage heading into the final minutes, but two consecutive three- point plays from Jayson Hankins and a jumper from Ernest Jenkins saw the Yellow Jackets' big deficit vanish in what seemed like the blink of an eye.

After Terrance Jenkins sank a pair of free throws and made a layup with close to 1:30 left in the game, WVSU made it 68-66 before UC made six free throws and got a big second-chance bucket from Justin Coleman to hold on and give West Virginia State a seventh consecutive loss.

"These guys are growing, West Virginia State coach Bryan Poore said. "We settled down and handled the atmosphere and the intensity of this game and made some plays to get it close. I was proud of how they battled back because it could have been a blowout, but we buckled down and battled and made a run at it.

Throughout Charleston's difficult stretch of games on its six- game losing streak, the Golden Eagles had a tough time holding teams from scoring.

On Thursday night, UC was able to get back to doing the two things it knows it needs to do in order to play effectively and win games - keeping WVSU below 40 percent shooting while outrebounding the Yellow Jackets (38-28). …

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