WVC basketball: Dreher sparks UC men in rout of Davis & Elkins
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- University of Charleston junior transfer Robbie Dreher rose above three Davis & Elkins rebounders and one-hand dunked a missed 3-pointer by Terrell Lipkins.
On the Golden Eagles' next possession, Dreher dribbled the baseline through two defenders with a spin move, scoring while being fouled.
He converted the three-point play that gave UC a 25-point advantage en route to an 87-56 West Virginia Conference victory over the Senators (1-5, 1-4) on Monday at Eddie King Gym.
This is what UC Coach Mark Downey was expecting when he assembled his team.
"I was talking to Dave Davis, at Newberry, a friend of mine that gave me my first college basketball job and he said, he (Robbie Dreher) hasn't played in a year. You have to be patient," Downey said.
"It's not just going to happen. If you think about it, Terrell Lipkins hasn't played in a year, Aleks Kesic hasn't played in a year, Corey Jackson hasn't played in a year. All those guys haven't played in a long time."
Dreher was playing in his fourth game for the Golden Eagles (6-2, 3-2) and had 14 points, sharing the team lead with guard Hayden Annett.
"Fourteen and five (rebounds) is what we wanted from Dreher," Downey said. "A couple tip dunks, a couple hard drives to the basket, finishing through contact.
"That's good. In a game like this he gets some confidence and gets started in the right direction."
Lipkins, who carried the torch for UC in the absence of Dreher the first four games of the season, had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The real action started after halftime, when the game was knotted at 33 apiece.
A layup from Igor Premasunac gave Davis & Elkins its second lead of the game to start the second half, but a University of Charleston barrage ensued to put the game away.
Guard Evan Faulkner hit the first of seven second-half 3-points by the Golden Eagles, who were 3-of-13 from there in the first half.
"Even in the first half we had good looks," Downey said. "We were sharing the ball, and eventually, those things are going to go."
Annett hit a 3-pointer, followed by another from Annett and another from Faulkner. The Senators had one free throw during a seven-minute stretch during which the Golden Eagles took a 14-point lead.
At the other end, the Senators were imploding. They hit only 4-of-26 3-pointers and were outrebounded 52-34. Devin Miller had 16 points to lead Davis & Elkins and Premasunac had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Kesic and Quincy Washington finished with 10 points apiece, Faulkner had eight and Corey Jackson came off the bench to add eight. Even former George Washington standout Tino DiTrapano got into the act, hitting the first 3-pointer of his college career.
The Golden Eagles used 13 players and 11 scored.
"I'll tell you who was really good tonight was Terrell Lipkins," Downey said. "I think he ran the show tonight as good as he has all year."