As lanes to the basket closed for Greenbrier East, the Spartans resorted to hoisting 3-point shots, but with little success. The Spartans made just 6 of 25 shots from 3-point range for the game.
"You don't see that kind of performance out of us day in and day out, that's for sure," Greenbrier East Coach Jim Justice said.
Spartans standout Rondale Watson, a 6-3 junior guard, impressed with his speed and displayed talent that's drawing Division I attention, though Watson finished 3 of 13 from the field with 11 points.
"He's a great player," Justice said of Watson. "He just had a tough game.
"Rondale can do everything. He jumps out of the gym. He gets off his feet really, really, really quick, and that's the big thing about him. He's got great body control going to the glass. He usually can take the hits and everything and put it on the glass and score. Tonight, he was getting hit a lot and they weren't calling it or he just wasn't able to handle the pressure, one of the two."
Both Justice and Herbert confirmed members of the Marshall University men's basketball coaching staff were on hand to watch the game. Herbert added West Virginia University indicated Coach Bob Huggins showed interest in attending the contest, but had a radio show commitment.
The real show Thursday starred the Black Eagles, though, as SC was determined to move past its loss to Beckley.
"I think after that Beckley loss we got back to practice and we were just angered," Black Eagles sophomore A.D. Cunningham said. "I think it lit a fire under us, and we were ready to come out and bounce back."
Cunningham exhibited that fire with a game-high 17 points and six steals. Moles also reached double figures with 12 points.
SC next plays at Wheeling Park 7:30 p.m. Saturday.