CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University women's basketball coach David Smith wasn't jumping around or ranting as much as he usually does.
The occasional stomping of the foot and familiar scowl was evident, but the 67-year-old appears to be more comfortable with his second Yellow Jacket team.
State held West Virginia Wesleyan scoreless for more than 5 minutes to start the game en route to a 73-58 Mountain East Conference victory over the Bobcats (2-8, 0-6 MEC) on Monday night at Institute's Fleming Hall.
The victory gives Smith a 596-289 career record in his 32nd season as a head coach at St. Joseph's (Ind.), Shippensburg, Bellarmine and State.
More importantly, it improves the Jackets (8-4) to 4-2 in Mountain East Conference play.
"They do some good things, they play hard," Smith said. "We shoot ourselves in the foot sometimes and it's all passes. We don't make good decisions."
State finished with 21 turnovers, many of which were unforced. However, they didn't surrender a basket until the 14:45 mark of the first half and, despite some lapses defensively, won going away.
This year's Yellow Jackets are quite different from Smith's first team, which opened the season 3-0 before losing seven straight and 11 of its next 12. After 12 games State was 4-8.