CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- University of Charleston coach Dwaine Osborne wanted his team to take the last shot of the first half, evidenced by a clearly audible "no, no" from the bench as Denzel Douglas pulled up from the corner with 15 seconds on the clock.
The shot went in, giving the Golden Eagles an 18-point lead, prompting a slight smirk and a "good job" point of the finger from UC's first-year head coach.
Even when UC didn't make the right choices, there was a positive result in its fifth consecutive victory over its Kanawha County rival.
Former George Washington High School standout Tino DiTrapano scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting and the Golden Eagles shot 54.4 percent from the floor in their fifth consecutive victory over State, 90-77 at Eddie King Gym.
"(I was OK with it) because it went in, that's the only reason," Osborne said of Douglas' shot. "That was his saving grace."
The Golden Eagles (11-4, 8-3 MEC) seldom made bad decisions, using the shot clock and taking high-percentage attempts against State's man-to-man defense in their sixth consecutive victory.
"We did that pretty well tonight," DiTrapano said. "My teammates do a good job of running through the offense and if we don't have anything they get it to a guard and we run like a spread offense, try to get it to the hole and make something happen."
Osborne liked what he saw from DiTrapano, who was averaging 9.4 points and was third on the team in minutes at 26.4 per game. He played 34 minutes against State.
"He's gotten better and better at (driving to the basket)," Osborne said. "He's still not perfect, but he's a sophomore, he's getting great experience early in his career. Obviously, much earlier than the normal college player. He works hard, he's a great kid and I'm really proud of him."
Douglas finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists and DiTrapano had five rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
The Golden Eagles had four double-figure scorers and never trailed. UC is averaging 83 points during its winning streak.
"Denzel and Tino deserve to play well because they're in the gym all the time," Osborne said. "If they're not in class, they're in here shooting. It's good to see them making shots."
State managed to speed up UC briefly in the second half, but it was shortlived.