Quincy Washington came off the bench to lead Charleston with 26 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 11-of-14 performance from the free throw line. All told, the Golden Eagles were 18-of-27 from the foul line, compared to 40-of-55 in the first meeting.
"We had to execute our game plan tonight on their floor than we would have at our place," UC Coach Mark Downey said. "We missed open guys."
The Golden Eagles finished with only eight assists, while West Liberty finished with 19, led by Cedric Harris with six.
"For the most part our halfcourt defense in the second half was key to the win," Crutchfield said.
UC gets back in action on Thursday at home against Bluefield State, while West Liberty visits Fairmont State on Saturday in a battle of first and second place in the WVC.
Thursday begins an important stretch for UC, which can't afford many more slips in its quest to return to the Atlantic Region.
"I don't think we have to win the conference tournament to make the NCAAs ... yet," Downey said. "I don't think we can afford to lose again in the regular season and I think we have to go deep in the tournament."
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