"It was a rough first half," said Wheeling Jesuit Coach Danny Sancomb after seeing West Liberty hit 21-35 from the floor, 10-of-20 from 3-point range and finish the first half on a 10-0 run for a 54-33 lead. "They're a fast-starting team. You want to start the half well and finish the half well. We played hard, but we didn't do the things we needed to do in the first half, as far as driving the ball at them and getting to the foul line, because I think they do foul a lot."
West Liberty was playing without guard Cedric Harris, who is nursing a separated shoulder that will keep him out until, at least, the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region in two weeks.
However, the Hilltoppers received 25 points and six assists from Falk, the Conference Player of the Year, as well as 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds from Shawn Dyer - one of the beneficiaries of minutes in Harris' absence. C.J. Hester had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Tim Hausfeld contributed 14 points.
WVC Freshman of the Year Justin Fritts led Wheeling Jesuit with 16 points. Senior Ben Siefert had 14 points, Joe Prati had 13 and Eric Siefert 11.
The Hilltoppers will return to the Charleston Civic Center for a 9 a.m. shootaround today before the WVC Tournament women's championship begins a little after 1 p.m. and pitting Fairmont State against Seton Hill.