UC falls to Wheeling Jesuit in 2OT
WHEELING - Wheeling Jesuit's Justin Fritts might have sealed his winning West Virginia Conference Freshman of the Year honors and locked the Cardinals into one of the top four spots in the league's postseason.
The 6-foot-1 guard from Mentor, Ohio, poured in 25 points and Wheeling Jesuit continued its dominance of the University of Charleston on Thursday in an 86-80 double-overtime victory at the McDonough Center.
The Cardinals (17-8, 14-7 WVC), who are 5-0 against UC since Mark Downey became head coach of the Blue Eagles in 2010, had a chance to win in regulation, but a Ben Siefert 3pointer was off the mark at the buzzer.
Charleston's chance came in overtime, but Robbie Dreher missed a 3-point try. In the second overtime, Wheeling Jesuit scored the first six points and didn't trail again.
Recardo Gaddy had 19 points, Ben Siefert 18 and Eric Siefert 14 for the Cardinals.
Evan Faulkner led UC with 22 points, while Dreher added 20, Terrell Lipkins 15 and Xavier Humphrey 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams conclude the 2012-13 WVC regular season on Saturday when they visit their archrivals. Charleston visits W.Va. State and Wheeling Jesuit visits West Liberty. Both games tipoff at 4 p.m.