The 6-foot-8 freshman had 20 points, nine rebounds and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He also hit his only 3-pointer of the game with 5:46 left to snap an 82-82 tie.
"I haven't played a big game in two years, I redshirted," said Kesic, a former Huntington Prep player. "I just needed time to fit in and I was really motivated tonight because it was the No. 1 team and I wanted my team to win, so that was the biggest thing."
This marks the earliest West Liberty has lost a conference game in more than three years, when West Virginia State handed the Hilltoppers a 117-116 defeat in overtime on Dec. 12, 2009.
It's also only the third regular-season conference loss for West Liberty since the 2008-09 season and Coach Jim Crutchfield's team has not lost more than one league game in a season since going 16-4 that year.
"I think the key to the game was they went zone in the first half and we had six or seven pretty clean looks where we usually hit a decent percentage of and I think we missed seven in a row," Crutchfield said. "Bottom line, they have a very good team, very well coached, and they just beat us. I know when we've been beaten."
West Liberty made 10 more 3-pointers than the Golden Eagles and had a 44-40 rebounding edge.
In fact, the Hilltoppers finished with 25 assists to only 10 for Charleston.
The Golden Eagles were 40-of-55 from the free throw line, while West Liberty was 13-of-24.
Guard Terrell Lipkins finished with 20 points and five rebounds, while Faulkner added 15 points and Xavier Humphrey 11.
The Hilltoppers were led by Falk with 20 points, but he was just 2-of-9 from 3-point range, hitting his first with 7:59 left in the game to give West Liberty a three-point lead.
Charleston is off for a week before it hosts Seton Hill on Jan. 21.
West Liberty faces Fairmont - one of only two conference losses for Charleston - at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at West Liberty.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.