CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Civic Center has a well-earned reputation of being a shooter's nightmare.
South Charleston cares little for reputations, apparently. The Black Eagles hit on each of their first six 3-point attempts Wednesday night in getting out to a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter, en route to a 60-40 rout of rival George Washington (1-2).
"It was weird. I was missing the easy ones but I was feeling it from three," SC point guard Rashaud Kincaid said after going 5-for-5 from 3-point range and scoring a team-high 17 points. Kincaid was 1-of-6 from inside the arc.
"My teammates got me open with a lot of screens, so actually it's a lot more credit to them. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have gotten those looks."
South Charleston (2-0), with arguably the deepest roster in the Mountain State Athletic Conference, scored the game's first seven points and went on a 14-5 run to end the first quarter. That left its inexperienced rival looking to stay motivated for the remainder of the contest.
SC senior forward Trevond Reese had six points, three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot in the first quarter. He said the team's goal was to take the Patriots' will away from them early.
"We knew it was a rivalry game, and we knew that they're not as good as they usually are, but they'll always fight because Coach (Rick) Greene's a good coach," Reese said. "We wanted to come out extra strong because if we didn't, they could hang in the game and we'd be in a dogfight."
George Washington played SC close the rest of the way - SC outscored the Patriots just 36-31 after the first quarter - but overcoming the first-quarter onslaught was too much to ask, Greene said.
"If they don't shoot well, then maybe we can hang around," Greene said. "If they shoot like that, then I think from what I've seen and know of what's coming back on other teams, that's the best team in the state. They're inside, they're outside, and if you sag off of them they're very hard to defend.
"There was nothing we could do at that point. I was just upset that I thought we should have come out with some more energy. Obviously I didn't have them ready to go, and that's on me."
The SC win was the most lopsided in the series since Jan. 18, 2002, when the Black Eagles beat GW 70-48.
"We played a really good first half, I thought. In the second half we kept the lead, but especially in the fourth quarter I thought we were just trying to get through the game," SC Coach Vic Herbert said.
"We really didn't push things the way I like to, so we had to call timeout and talk about finishing the game the way we started it."
As if on cue, Reese stepped out and hit a 3-pointer with 5:26 left for his 12th and final points. He finished with a team-high eight rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists.
GW All-State guard Luke Eddy accounted for more than half of the Patriots' scoring output, finishing with a game-high 21 points while leading the team with eight boards and two assists. Eddy didn't hit a field goal in the second half until he threw down a one-handed dunk after grabbing a steal with 1:16 left.
"Overall, I couldn't have expected a better effort. Against a guy as crafty and coach Greene and a player like Luke Eddy," said Herbert, who claimed his 200th career win Wednesday. "Coach Greene is a crafty guy.
"He'll keep them in a lot of games and they'll improve as the season goes along."
South Charleston, which played without junior center Kevin Williams and sophomore guard A.D. Cunningham - both were serving team-imposed suspensions - play at Riverside tonight.
GW returns to action Friday, when it hosts the GW Classic. The Patriots play St. Albans at approximately 8 p.m., 20 minutes after the conclusion of the 6:30 p.m. game between Logan and Magnolia.
South Charleston (2-0) FG 3Pt FT Pts
Neal Brown 2-3 0-0 0-0 4
Trevond Reese 5-13 1-1 1-2 12
Hunter Moles 3-7 0-0 0-2 6
Devon Harris 4-7 1-2 0-0 9
Rashaud Kincaid 6-11 5-5 0-0 17
Tre Clark 2-5 0-0 0-0 4
Brand Knapper 1-6 1-2 0-0 3