Pence stepped up again to tip a loose ball ahead to Hearn for an uncontested layup. Colton Schoolcraft sank two free throws with 14 seconds to go that all but sealed the contest.
Flying Eagles guard Andrew Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 9 seconds remaining to pull within four, but Beckley drew no closer, eventually losing 48-44.
"We've got so much respect for Beckley," McGinnis said. "That's the program you want to aspire to be like."
For Winfield, in its first year with the Mountain State Athletic Conference, nothing comes easy. It's all about finding a way. The Generals entered with each of the team's four losses by eight or fewer points.
"It was all about team," McGinnis said of Thursday's contest. "They played as a team. One guy doesn't carry us. It was a group effort."
Junior guard Zach Fisher acknowledged the big win and admitted its significance to Winfield.
"It means a lot," he said. "We've been working hard and we've been so close so many tough games. It feels good to win one and get back on the right track."
Fisher led Winfield with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting, while Pence finished with eight points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
For Beckley, junior Donte Nabors paced the squad with 16 points, while Johnson posted 13.
McGinnis might hope for a prettier winning formula next game, but with a team motto like "Find A Way," it's hard to fault the Generals in any victory.
Winfield next plays 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Parkersburg, while Beckley returns to action at Cabell Midland 7:30 p.m. Saturday.