Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

No. 1 Cougars Roll Past Highlanders

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

No. 1 Cougars Roll Past Highlanders

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HUNTINGTON - Stocked with a deep and talented roster, Capital coach Matt Greene is fond of saying that on any given night, any of his players can have a big game. Thursday night was Anthony Dean's night.

The 6-foot-4 senior forward came off the bench and led the No. 1- ranked Cougars with 18 points and seven rebounds as they rolled to a 70-46 repeat victory over No. 7 Huntington.

"Coach puts us in the right places to be," Dean said. "I was there when the ball came off the rim, or the team was looking for me when I was open. Our coaches always say that everyone has their night. I guess tonight was mine. It felt like everything that left my fingers was going in."

Dean made 9 of 10 shots, hitting tip-ins and baseline jumpers and accepting several nice feeds from point guard Leondre' Rogers for layups. Dean had three baskets in the second quarter as Capital (15- 3) turned a three-point advantage into a more-comfortable 38-25 halftime lead.

In the fourth quarter, Dean had six of Capital's nine baskets as the visitors broke the game wide open.

"It's a great job tonight," Greene said. "What's great about our guys and our team is that they're ready to go, and it's a different guy every night. That's what we tell them, and they stay ready.

"We were kind of scrambling there at the beginning because C.J. Wilder, who starts for us, was sick all afternoon and couldn't go and Anthony Dean's been sick. We were just trying to get our rotations down, and everybody stepped up."

With the victory, Capital did Kanawha County neighbor South Charleston a favor. Huntington's loss locked up the top spot in the Mountain State Athletic Conference West division for SC, meaning the East division champion Cougars and Black Eagles will tangle for the league title at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the SC Community Center during the MSAC Night of Champions.

The Cougars also received solid efforts from normal starters Rogers (14 points, seven assists) and Anthony Pittman (12 points on 5 of 7 shooting) and emergency starter K. …

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