www.charlestondailymail.com http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: March 27, 2015 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT01/303279969 OBIT01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT01/303279969 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:48 -0400 Belden, Ammie L. 2 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Blankenship, Lucille 11 a.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Brown, Jean E. 10 a.m., Fifth Avenue Church of God, South Charleston.

Campbell, Emily C. 2 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Cogar, Dorthy J. 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Ellis, Russell A. Noon, St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston.

Foster, Nina L. 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gillispie, Rebecca J. 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Grandal, Carole S. 1 p.m., Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Green, M. Pauline 1 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Hutchinson, Dale T. 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Jarrell, Lea A. 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Jarrells, Carol A. 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Mattison, Clayton L. 1 p.m., Wallace Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Clintonville.

Mayberry, Lottie 1 p.m., Cole Street Missionary Baptist Church, Aracoma.

McComb, Dolly 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Huntersville.

Nicholas, Charles J. 1 p.m., Wilson

Nichols, Opal F. 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Richards, Clarence 2 p.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Smith, Sylvia J. 1 p.m., Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Stokes, James A. II 6 p.m., St. Paul AME Church, Charleston.

Taylor, Josephine T. 11 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans.

Thomas, Walter F. Jr. 1 p.m., Rocky Branch Cemetery, Walton.

Tice, John P. Noon, First Presbyterian Church, Mullens.

Vaughan, Anna 2 p.m., Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Vicars, Mildred S. 1 p.m., Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, Cross Lanes.

Wagner, William R. Noon, Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Walls, Thelma T. 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Nitro.

Wickline, Edmond L. 1 p.m., Allen Funeral Home Chapel, Hurricane.

Paul "Sonny" Anderson http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279976 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279976 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:40 -0400 Paul "Sonny" Anderson, 75, of St. Albans, died March 23, 2015.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at St. Paul Baptist Church, on B Street in St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Wade Arthur http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279983 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279983 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:33 -0400 Mr. Gary Wade Arthur, 63, of Huntington, passed away March 25, 2015.

A tribute to the life of Gary will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Bancroft Church of God Mission. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Arthur family.

Milton L. Byrd Jr. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279981 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279981 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:34 -0400 Milton Luther Byrd Jr., 72, of St. Albans, died March 25, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the funeral home.

Madge M. Canterbury http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279992 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279992 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:25 -0400 Madge Marie Morrison Canterbury, 91, formerly of South Charleston, passed away March 21, 2015 at White Oak of Waxhaw in North Carolina after a long period of declining health. Madge was born in Roane County and was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Edna Morrison; her older brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Mary Morrison; and an infant sister. She was the widow of Ernest "Huck" Canterbury after 54 years of marriage.

She is survived by her two daughters, Susan C. Campbell and her husband, Larry, of Fort Mill, S.C., and Beth C. Bryan and her husband, Ken, of Deerfield, Ill., as well as four grandsons whom she adored. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren; her younger brother, William B. Morrison and his wife, Teenie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Madge remained a member of First United Methodist Church in South Charleston until her death. Her church work for 50-plus years and relationships she formed there were always treasured greatly by her. She was an avid bridge player, golfer and reader. Madge began working as a bank teller and then later spent many busy and happy years working in the real estate business in the Charleston area.

A service to honor the life of Madge Marie Morrison Canterbury will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with the Rev. Paul Helmick, OP officiating. Burial will follow at Canterbury/Droddy Cemetery, Walton.

Family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to First United Methodist Church, 905 Glendale Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303, and to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region - South Charlotte, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204.

Memories of Madge may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.

Gooley Derrick http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279995 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279995 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:22 -0400 Gooley Derrick, 92, of Dunbar, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

He was retired from Union Carbide, South Charleston, with 34 years of service, was a 50-year member of the Dunbar Masonic Lodge No. 159 AF&AM, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and a former affiliate member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association. Gooley accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord at the Dunbar Mountain Mission in April 1940 and had served the Lord faithfully for 75 years. His calling was gospel music and in his younger years he had sung in Shepherd's Four Quartet. Gooley had been blessed to be the choir director at several churches in the Kanawha Valley. Although he had attended many churches, the Dunbar Mountain Mission was always his home church.

Gooley was preceded in death by his parents, Selvin and Lula Morris Derrick; daughter, Laura Lloyd; sister, Metha Hively; brother, Clark Derrick; and half-brother, Delbert Shumate.

On April 11, 1942 he married the love of his life, Betty DeWees Derrick, who survives him, and they were married for almost 73 years. He is also survived by his son, Keith R. Derrick and wife, Vicky, of Poca; grandchildren, Travis Lloyd Jr., Michelle Sayre, Ryan Derrick Lloyd, Kristy Derrick Roberts and Kelly Derrick Smith; great-grandchildren, Levi Jividen, Keenan Nilsen, Jordan Smith, Heather Snow, Taylor Jividen, Zane Nilsen, Zoey Myers, Derrick Roberts, Addison Claire Smith, Noble Lloyd, Hayden Olivia Smith, Piper Lloyd and Reed Roberts; and great-great grandson, Dane Snow.

A service to celebrate Gooley's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Dunbar Mountain Mission with Pastor Ray Parsons and Pastor Phil Conn officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, Ruthdale.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dunbar Mountain Mission.

The family requests that if you have ever sang in a church choir Gooley led or sing in a church choir to please help us celebrate gospel music by coming to the visitation on Friday and the funeral on Saturday and singing with us in memory of him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please send memorial contributions to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Words cannot express our heartfelt thanks to Scott Casdorph, Beth Plantz, Holly Clark and all of the other Hospice staff that have helped us take care of Gooley. C.B. and Karen Hackett, your food, love and prayers were just what we needed. To Clinton Beal, Keith and Vicky will never be able to tell you what a help you have been to us these last two years. Joan Spears, Dad and Mom's special caregiver, you were sent from God.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is in charge of arrangements and you may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Wendell Farmer http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279987 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279987 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:29 -0400 Wendell "Cracker" Farmer, 51, of Harts, died March 25, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the funeral home.

Toka Evelyn Field http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279993 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279993 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:24 -0400 Toka Evelyn Field, 93, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at Broadmore Senior Living, Hurricane.

Born Nov. 1, 1921 in Boone County, she was a daughter of the late Dennis and Myrtle Cline Wade. In addition to her parents, Toka was preceded in death by her husbands, Traber Gatewood Keeney, Charles Joseph McKone and Harold Watson Field; sisters, Lola Willey and Lois Kinder; and brothers, Vohn Wade, Oshel Wade, Carl Wade, Lonnie Wade and Glen Wade.

Toka was a 1938 graduate of Sherman High School. She graduated from McMillan Hospital School of Nursing in 1944, with additional training as a nurse anesthetist in Fairmont. She worked as an anesthetist at McMillan Hospital and later as a staff nurse and head nurse on medical and surgical units at Charleston General Hospital.

Surviving are her children, Judy Keeney Dunlap (Richard) of Scott Depot, Margaret McKone Holstein (Glen) of St. Albans and Jane Keeney Smith of Palm Island, Fla.; stepdaughter, Frances Field Fuller of Fripp Island, S.C.; sisters, Beulah Ash of Franklin, Ill., Madge Wade of South Charleston and Maxine Booker of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Virginia Dunlap Painter, JoAnna Dunlap Phillips, Charles Holstein, Christopher Holstein, Andrew Dunlap and Mark Smith; step-granddaughter, Linda Fuller Payne; great-grandchildren, Lindsey Holstein, Michael Holstein, Kristi Phillips, Bridget Phillips, Cora Dunlap, Michael Phillips, Laynee Holstein, Matilda Dunlap, Miller Holstein and John Dunlap; and step-great-granddaughter, Tessa Payne.

There will be a graveside memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Burial will follow the service.

The family wishes to express our gratitude to the staff of the Memory Care Unit at Broadmore Senior Living for their loving care of our mother during the 11 years she was a resident there.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Field family.

M. Pauline Green http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279994 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279994 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:23 -0400 M. Pauline Tolley Green, of South Charleston, passed away March 25, 2015 following a short illness.

Preceding her in death, her husband, Walter E. Green; mother, Maysel Tolley; brothers, Curtis (Lucille), Donald (Bonnie), Darrell (Dalma), Doyle (Jeanene), Glen Roy (Barbara); mother-in-law and father-in-law, Daisy and Walter Green Sr.; and brother-in-law, Dr. David Green, M.D.

She is survived by her brothers, William Tolley (Kathryn) and Walter Tolley (Wanda).

Pauline is a graduate of Walton High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Morris Harvey College and her master's degree from West Viginia University. She was an educator in the Kanawha County school system for 44 years.

A service to honor the life of Pauline will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with the Rev. Lee Swor officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Family and friends may visit one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting snodgrassfuneral.com.

Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is handling the arrangements.

Russell L. Guest http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279979 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/OBIT/303279979 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:36 -0400 Russell L. Guest, 45, of Cedar Grove, passed away March 24, 2015 at CAMC General Hospital after a long illness. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is serving the Guest family.

Mitch Vingle: The antithesis of a classic http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/GZ02/150329275 GZ02 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/GZ02/150329275 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:14:23 -0400 CLEVELAND - It was 10 years ago to the day.

Ten years ago from Thursday, I saw the greatest college basketball game I've ever seen live.

A John Beilein-coached West Virginia basketball team with Kevin Pittsnogle, Mike Gansey and Tyrone Sally took Louisville to overtime before falling to Rick Pitino, Francisco Garcia and company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. To the victors went a trip to the Final Four. Punch after punch was thrown. It was a classic.

Thursday night's Mountaineer game, on the other hand, was not a classic. Quite the opposite. I've never sat down to write with 7:38 left in the game. But on this night there was no game to leave, really.

For all intents and purposes, the game we set up with previews ended around the 18:46 mark of the first half. That's when WVU's Devin Williams picked up his second foul. It was right before the Mountaineers were whistled for their fourth foul with 2:12 of the game gone.

One could see the way the officials would call the game. One could see the physical advantages the No. 1 Wildcats possessed. One could see WVU's players were overwhelmed.

"Pretty much what I was afraid of happening happened," said Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins. "[Kentucky] shot poorly the last game out and came out hitting. They're too good to have back-to-back bad games and we couldn't score."

Indeed, Kentucky proved superior in every way. Daxter Miles will not take a seat beside Joe Namath and Babe Ruth for calling a shot.

Instead, his name was chided by the UK faithful. "Daxter, Daxter, Daxter," Big Blue Nation chanted.

The Wildcats are 37-0, not 36-1, as Miles said they would be. They truly are the nation's No. 1 team.

"I was really pleased by the energy of our team," said UK coach John Calipari. "They were really zoned in."

The realistic hope for West Virginia going in was the young players didn't get so thoroughly dominated by the Wildcat thoroughbreds that confidence was damaged. But if that whipping didn't damage WVU's psyche in some way, the players have stronger minds than Kreskin.

"[Kentucky] came out with a lot of energy," said WVU's Juwan Staten. "I've watched a lot of film on them and that's the best I've seen them shooting all year."

Staten was understandably dour. "My feelings," he said, "are kind of self-explanatory." As postgame interviews concluded, Williams started to stand, but then leaned over and hugged Huggins.

Perhaps the coach needed a hug. It was a pasting of epic proportions. It was one that had folks running to the record books.

Thankfully for the Mountaineers there was that 1963 Loyola-Chicago beatdown of Tennessee Tech in the South Regional by 111-42 - a 69-point difference.

Other than that, though, not much rivaled West Virginia's loss. It fell by the same number it scored, 78-39.

Perhaps Duke's 103-73 loss to UNLV in the 1990 title game was of similar embarrassment. There was UCLA's 109-60 whipping of Wyoming in 1967.

Let's face it, though, West Virginia looked more like the UCLA team that played Kentucky earlier this season. The Bruins gave up a 24-0 lead right off the bat on national TV. They lost 83-44 after being down 41-7 at the break.

Mountaineer fans can take solace that their team didn't score the fewest points ever in the tournament. That was North Carolina - yes, North Carolina - that scored but 20 against Pitt in 1941.

WVU did not set the record for lowest field goal percentage ever at 24.1. (Springfield shot 12.7 percent against Indiana in 1940.)

But let's face it, the Mountaineers' performance was a nightmare against a team that might only be rivaled by the San Antonio Spurs. WVU didn't have even one brief shining moment here Thursday.

The Mountaineers were like Mondale versus Reagan. They were like Wile E. Coyote versus the Road Runner. They were like Clemson versus WVU in the 2012 Orange Bowl.

And the rout started early.

"I picked up two early fouls," Williams said. "I got frustrated. I guess I have to mature a little bit."

The sting had to be painful for WVU's players after this one. It had to be embarrassing. Williams was asked a question and struggled to answer.

"I don't know, man," he said. "It's tough right now."

The sting, however, will begin to subside. Perhaps slowly, but it will. UCLA, you might remember, bounced back to make the NCAA tournament after its embarrassing loss to Kentucky's thoroughbreds. Also, incoming to Huggins' team is Ohio's player of the year Esa Ahmad, who is being compared, admittedly by his coach, to LeBron James. Also incoming is a possible replacement for Staten in junior college transfer Teyvon Myers, who has committed to the Mountaineers. All Myers has done is lead the junior college ranks in scoring at 25.1 points per game.

"The bulk of this team is coming back," Staten said. "You can definitely look forward to seeing this team in the tournament for years to come."

"I'm going to take a week off, or whatever they let us," Williams said, nodding to his coach, "and then get back at it."

"We have a lot of young guys who are going to get better because of these three games," Huggins said.

It's all the coach could say. Pittsnogle was nowhere to be found on this night. Gansey was out of eligibility. Unfortunately for WVU, the only similarity between that game 10 years ago to Thursday's Kentucky contest was Len Elmore on the television call.

Big Blue Nation ruled on this night.

And it probably will do so the rest of the tournament.

Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvingle@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.

No. 1 Kentucky thrashes West Virginia in Sweet Sixteen http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329276 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329276 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:06:19 -0400 By Mike Casazza CLEVELAND - The story here this week, throughout the hopeful days before Kentucky humbled West Virginia, 78-39, Thursday in the Sweet Sixteen, was that this was the place for the Mountaineers.

Ten years ago, they waltzed through March as a Cinderella outfitted with precision, first capturing the back pages of the New York City tabloids with a run to the Big East tournament final and then reaching the Sweet Sixteen with classic wins over Creighton and Wake Forest down the road at Cleveland State's Wolstein Center.

John Beilein is no longer on the bench, but in his place is Bob Huggins, raised in the game within this state's borders, first by his father, a high school coaching legend, and then on his own as an assistant and a head coach at four Ohio universities. Two starters and a reserve were born and played high school ball in the state, and they'd get to play games on the first and second weekends before friends and family, to say nothing of the fans who could afford to travel up the road and buy tickets.

The coincidences were irresistible, though Huggins would do his best to fix his stare forward. When he looked that way, he saw Kentucky and his pal, coach John Calipari, who Huggins bested eight times in 10 career matchups. If the Mountaineers got past this game and the next one, a seemingly easier opportunity Saturday against Notre Dame, they'd be in the Final Four in Indianapolis. That just so happens to be the site of the last Final Four to include the Mountaineers, and WVU had to beat Kentucky in the 2010 Elite Eight to get there.

That story was fun. The story Thursday night was different. It was the reality. This might have been the place for the Mountaineers, but this was not the time, and this was not the year, no matter how much Daxter Miles wanted to believe WVU would send Kentucky home at 36-1. In one day, the boastful Miles and his teammates went from making headlines to becoming the punchline.

"I knew it was going to be like this," Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis said. "We've been talking about it all day - coming out and demolishing them because they were talking so much trash, saying we were going to be 36-1 and stuff like that. We felt like that was nonsense."

No team coached by Huggins had ever lost by more. No WVU team coached by Huggins has scored fewer points. No team has scored fewer points in the Sweet Sixteen since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 - and you'd have to go 10 years before that to find another team that finished with just 39 points.

"You've got to fight them," WVU forward Jon Holton said. "You can't let them come out and knock you down and not respond. They're a great team. That's all I can say. They're a great team. You can't take that away from them."

The Wildcats, hounding history like the Mountaineers pursued steals all season, moved to 37-0 by easing past WVU and navigating and negating everything the Mountaineers had to offer before 19,465 at Quicken Loans Arena. What would have been one of the greatest upsets in tournament history never had a chance. Kentucky led 18-2 and five Wildcats had at least one basket before WVU made two.

"They were aggressive, they took it to the basket and we couldn't score, which was my biggest fear was - that we would have a hard time scoring," Huggins said.

Devin Williams picked up two fouls in the first 1:13, and the Mountaineers called two timeouts and had two media timeouts during 6:58 between baskets. It was a horrid stretch with 10 straight missed shots between Juwan Staten buckets and vivid problems with Kentucky's size while playing offense and defense, rebounding and even inbounding the ball.

Kentucky's third 3 made it 30-10, and things got so bad that WVU went from not scoring points to actually losing points. During the media timeout with 7:36 left in the half, Staten's earlier spell-snapping 3 was changed to a 2, and the Mountaineers trailed by 21. The hole was as deep as 27 points late in the first half, and the Wildcats led 44-18 at halftime, WVU's least-prolific half of the season. When Kentucky opened up against No. 16 seed Hampton last week, the score was 41-22 at the half.

"It felt like deja vu at the beginning of the year when we were tring to find ourselves," Williams said. "We got away from what we do."

The lack of suspense continued the tournament's trend. In the first round, higher seeds went 27-5, including 8-0 in WVU's Midwest Region and 15-1 on the first Friday. WVU was one of the four No. 5 seeds to beat the No. 12, the first time in eight years a No. 5 wasn't upset in the first round. In the second round, the higher seeds went 13-3, including 4-0 in the West and South regions.

Of the 16 teams to move on to second weekend, nine were top-four seeds. Only one was worse than a No. 8 seed, and UCLA is the sort of place that will put up only so long with coach Steve Alford turning in seasons that get the Bruins the No. 11 seed.

WVU was the No. 5 seed, and Kentucky was the No. 1, not just in the region, but the entire tournament, that after finishing the regular season as the unanimous No. 1 in both the media and coaches' polls. The odds were already against the Mountaineers doing what nobody else had done and only a few had even come close to this season, and the results in this tournament didn't move the needle.

The nation's best in field-goal percentage defense held WVU to 24.1 percent, the third-lowest figure in school history. As bad as the Mountaineers started the first half, it was worse after halftime, when they opened 0 for 11 and didn't make a shot for the first 8:18. Jevon Carter's layup was followed by a steal at the 11:32 mark, the first time all game WVU turned Kentucky over with its press. Tarik Phillip converted with a layup and a 54-23 score.

Miles was 0 for 2 from the floor before missing two foul shots with 9:31 to go. He didn't score in 19 minutes. His prediction was held up as inspiration in their locker room, but Miles wouldn't address it. He spoke with reporters after the game, but when asked about his comment or how Kentucky played, he stated the Wildcats were better.

"We didn't play our game, they played a lot harder tha us and they just played good," he said.

Williams, who averaged 15.8 points the past four games, didn't score until hitting a jumper with 8:39 to go and finished with nine points. Staten led the team with 14 points.

Trey Lyles led the Wildcats with 14 points. Andrew Harrison added 13 points and Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker each had 12.

"We beat a really good team pretty good, but that's not indicative of the year they had," Calipari said.

The Mountaineers finished the season 25-10 and won two games in the NCAA Tournament, double the total they won in the previous four years. It's quite the height for a program that was down not long ago. On the morning of graduation on campus in May, Huggins had to call a press conference at his flashy practice facility to address the state of a program that played to an even .500 record the previous three years and could not stop losing players to other places.

"We're going to be fine," Huggins said that day. "We are fine. I'm excited about the year and what we're doing."

He was named the Big 12 coach of the year earlier this month for tying for fourth place in the Big 12 and winning 11 games in the RPI's top-rated conference, all while using seven first-year players.

"I said it all along. I said what he's done with this team is incredible," Calipari said. "And again, he's taken kids, they've gotten better individually and they've come together and said, 'Here's the style we can win with,' and that's how they're playing and they won't get away from it. That's who they are. The players now have taken great pride in it, and I will tell you that I could see Bob getting coach of the year in a lot of different things. There's no question what he's done, and again, in a tough league."

A year after rebuilding his roster, Huggins could return 10 players for next season. The Mountaineers also welcome Ohio's player of the year in forward Esa Ahmad, Kentucky guard James Bolden and the top scorer in junior college, Williston (N.D.) State guard Teyvon Myers.

"I think we put West Virginia basketball back on the map," Staten said. "Coach Huggs has always had great teams, teams that are used to being in the NCAA Tournament, used to winning games. For a while we got away from that, so just to get back to this spot, you know, to be in the Sweet 16 means that we got a special thing."

Chuck McGill: UK defense gives WVU historically bad night http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329277 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329277 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:02:09 -0400 By Chuck McGill CLEVELAND - Maybe it was Daxter Miles who made the mistake by the lake. Maybe it wouldn't have mattered if the Mountaineers freshman had been tight-lipped.

The latter seems more likely than the former after No. 1 Kentucky looked very much like what Miles said the Wildcats weren't: invincible. UK, the NCAA tournament's top overall seed, ousted No. 5 seed West Virginia, 78-39, and handed coach Bob Huggins the worst loss of a career that has spanned 33 seasons and 1,077 games.

Even the historic nature in which the Mountaineers lost didn't surprise. UK, backed by Big Blue Nation, has been leaving opponents feeling blue en route to a 37-0 start.

The Wildcats defeated an opponent by double figures for the 30th time this season, and the 39-point margin of victory gives UK 10 wins by 30 or more points in 2014-15.

That's why analysts like ESPN's Jeff Goodman seemed so sure about what was going to happen here at Quicken Loans Arena, where 19,465 watched the second of two Sweet Sixteen games at the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"It would be a dream," Goodman said Thursday morning, before adding his thoughts on how the Mountaineers could win. "It would be if Kentucky had four guys get hurt."

It was the Wildcats' historically great defense that suffocated WVU. Kentucky ranks in the top five in field-goal percentage defense (35.1) and points per game allowed (53.9) of any team in Division I college basketball since 1975. That is all teams and all seasons in the past 40 years.

No wonder the Mountaineers couldn't crack 40 points for the first time since Jan. 30, 2008, when Huggins' former team, Cincinnati, beat WVU 62-39. That's actually a misleading fact, too, as the last time before that the Mountaineers didn't score at least 40 points was during the 1980 season. Before that, it was the 1951 season.

That is three sub-40 games in scoring in the last 63 years for WVU.

If a team was going to do that to the Mountaineers - and in the NCAA tournament, no less - it would be this Kentucky team. When the starting lineups were announced, the Wildcats introduced a lineup with no player shorter than 6-foot-6. Three players in that lineup stand 6-10 or taller.

West Virginia's starting lineup, by height: 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-9.

It didn't help that WVU's 6-9 player, sophomore Devin Williams, picked up his first foul 12 seconds into the game and was called for a charge 62 seconds later that sent him to the bench with two fouls. All 255 pounds of him.

Goodman had opined on ESPN that the game would come down to "Williams against all of 'em." Williams finished with two baskets and four fouls.

The loss ends one of the Mountaineers' most impressive seasons, considering this team had seven newcomers and was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12's preseason poll after missing out on the Big Dance in consecutive seasons.

West Virginia won at least 25 games for the 10th time in school history and reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the ninth time ever.

Kentucky, meanwhile, will continue to pursue the unprecedented. There has never been a men's college hoops program finish 40-0, and the last undefeated season belongs to the 1967 Indiana Hoosiers, who finished 32-0.

The road UK faces won't be easy.

The Midwest Region No. 3 seed, Notre Dame, awaits in Saturday's regional final here Saturday night. Among NCAA tournament teams, it'll be just the second time this season Kentucky has faced one of the 12 teams seeded 1, 2 or 3 in this 68-team bracket. That game happened more than four months ago, when the Wildcats steamrolled the eventual Big 12 champion Kansas Jayhawks by 32 points. It was one of UK's 10 wins with a margin of 30 points or more, and probably the earliest indication that this was a Kentucky team capable of what it is on the verge of accomplishing.

It's hard to foresee the Wildcats stumbling if they play like they did here Thursday night.

It makes one wonder what the freshman Miles was thinking before he sat in a stool inside a locker room inside this arena and told a horde of media that UK would be one-and-done in Cleveland, a city where the Mountaineers had never lost before in five tries.

Miles' picture - with the headline Mighty Mouth - was splashed on the pages of the New York Post. He had his comments dissected by former college coaches Seth Greenberg and Jim Calhoun on ESPN.

"The way West Virginia wins is make it a rock fight," Greenberg said during the discussion. "The first rock was thrown."

Kentucky responded with defense and dunks. There was nowhere for the Mountaineers to take cover.

"Nobody's invincible," Miles said Wednesday. "Their time is going to come." He later added that "everybody can be beaten."

After what was witnessed here, Miles might be wrong on all accounts.

Selby now at center of Marshall offensive line http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329278 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329278 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:00:28 -0400 By Derek Redd HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The right guard has become the center for Marshall's football team. The student has become the teacher.

Rising junior Michael Selby enters this spring practice season attempting to follow in the footsteps of one of the most dependable centers in college football. There has been plenty Selby has learned from former Herd center Chris Jasperse over the past two years, and he'll put those lessons to work as he assumes some new roles.

"(Jasperse) always said I was going to end up playing center when he was gone," Selby said. "It's big shoes to fill, but I'm looking forward to creating my own legacy."

By the end of his Marshall career, Jasperse had started 53 straight games, the Herd's major-college record and one start away from tying the NCAA's major-college record. Within those 53 starts, he earned all-Conference USA honors three times - honorable mention in 2012 and first-team spots in 2013 and 2014.

The guidance Jasperse provided was invaluable, Selby said. And the ability to talk shop with a player with that resume always was fun.

"It was really enjoyable," Selby said. "When you sit down with someone like that, you don't do a whole lot of talking. You do a whole lot of listening. That's the best thing I could have done, listen to a guy who has played so much."

Selby has been pretty solid on the line himself, earning C-USA all-freshman team honors in 2013 and starting all 14 games in 2014 at right guard, despite battling ankle problems for much of the year. Selby said that always had been his mentality, to shrug off the bumps and bruises and remain dependable as a starter. To him, it's just part of the culture of Marshall's offensive line.

That grit is one of the things Marshall head coach Doc Holliday says has made Selby stand out.

"I don't think I've ever coached a tougher kid than Selby is," Holliday said. "He plays with everything and he's like Jasperse. He's a tremendous kid that will do the same thing that Chris did."

And that includes acting as a mentor to younger linemen the way Jasperse did with Selby. Holliday often joked last year that, wherever you saw Jasperse, Selby wouldn't be far behind. He was serious, though, when he said that interaction rubbed off on Selby in a very good way.

Holliday wants Selby to be the rock of the offensive line as Jasperse was, to be the guy in whom everyone else on offense has total confidence. Selby's transformation into veteran leader already started in the weight room and in skill development drills, Holliday said.

"You watch what Jasperse did with Selby, and that will be what Selby is doing with (Jordan) Dowrey and Cody Collins and some of those younger guys," he said. "He's doing the same thing for those guys and it's fun to watch."

Herd offensive line coach Alex Mirabal believes Selby's transition has been pretty smooth. There might be a missed call here and there, but the rising junior has gotten the hang of directing the offensive line from over the ball. What Mirabal really enjoys is how Selby has gone from a leader by example - he calls Selby a "pit bull" in the trenches - to an upperclassman who takes younger players under his wing.

In cementing a legacy, that is the type of legacy Mirabal wants to see.

"You're talking about a physical, tough-minded kid," Mirabal said. "A guy with a big heart and a tremendous amount of care factor. I think he's done great. You can tell that he learned from Chris, and it's also in his DNA. We're reaping the fruits of that now."

Going from listener to leader isn't easy, but Selby said he had a great teacher.

"It's kind of surreal," Selby said. "I feel like I just got here, and now I'm an upperclassman. I'm trying to show them as much as I can, just building that bond with them. Hopefully I can do that and build that bond with them that Jasperse built with me."

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.

George Washington tennis expects to be strong again in '15 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329279 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329279 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:58:05 -0400 By Chris Wade CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Chris Luckett has had a lot of success as both the George Washington boys and girls tennis coach, and last year was no different, especially on the boys side.

The Patriots won the Class AAA state title for the second straight season, and have won the championship six of the past eight years.

Luckett is proud of the accomplishments of the team and program.

"Last year was another great accomplishment," Luckett said. "Our program is ahead of the game from most of the state. We try and run it like college programs do. It gives excitement to the kids and gives them opportunity after high school."

GW returns two players from last season with extensive experience at the state tournament. Nick Koenig is back after winning the state title at the No. 3 singles position as well as Thomas McIntosh, who finished as runner up at the No. 4 singles spot.

The combination of Koenig and McIntosh teamed up to win the state title at the No.2 doubles position. Others expected to fill the GW lineup include Hunter White, Cooper Zent, Peyton Moses, and Cade Burgess.

Luckett believes this season's team has a good chance at a third consecutive state titles, but will likely have to go through Huntington to do so.

"It puts a little pressure on Nick and Thomas but they have a lot more experience than a lot of players around the state," Luckett said. "They play year-round as do all of our guys. The other players will have to do their jobs if we wish to accomplish a three-peat.

"We have a couple guys that do want to play college tennis, and the rest want to have a very successful high school career. They are always ready to go and motivated."

On the girls side, Luckett and the Patriots will lean on the lone senior on the team in No. 1 singles and doubles player, Kirsten White.

"Kirsten has improved drastically every year and you can see that she wants to accomplish more and more," Luckett said. "She wants to play college tennis and she will have that opportunity."

Along with White, Luckett brings back most of his team from last season, including Jill Johns, Jordyn O'Dell, and Sara Moses. Amanda Griffith, Kate Papadopoulos, and Jordyn Johnston is also expected to contribute for GW.

"It is good because we have so many girls on the team," Luckett said. "Not many schools have 11 girls that play tennis all the time. For our program, it's not about what all you do in the two months of the season, but the other 10 months after the season that makes you better."

Luckett indicated the Class AAA girls field appears to be pretty wide open with GW, Morgantown, Huntington in the mix along with Hurricane and Spring Valley.

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FOR BOTH the Charleston Catholic boys and girls tennis teams, last season was one they hadn't experienced for a long time with both failing to win state titles after multiple years of consecutive championships for each.

The boys team had won the Class AA/A state title eight consecutive seasons with the girls winning six titles from 2008 to 2013. Both squads will be hoping to get back to their winning ways this season.

"It was a little different after a string of eight in a row," said Catholic fourth year coach David Saad, after his Irish finished runners up last season to Williamstown.

"We wanted to win it and weren't happy not doing so but you know it's not going to last forever. Some think that finishing second at Charleston Catholic is losing but I kind of felt like we overachieved last year."

Saad returns three players with state tournament experience from last season, including singles players Andrew Jones and Joe Kelly, along with doubles player Matt Adkins.

Jones, a junior, lost in the championship at No. 2 singles while Kelly, a sophomore, won the title at the No. 4 spot as a freshman. Atkins lost in the semifinals at No. 3 doubles.

Saad expects to lean heavily on the trio, and is glad to have them back with state tournament experience.

"It is nice to have that experience back, and we are going to need all of it," Saad said. "They have had success at the tournament and did really well. It's going to take a lot more than that to have the kind of year we are use to having."

Catholic will be very inexperienced this season with three sophomores, one junior, and two freshman on the roster of six. Will Hall, Nick Hatcher, and Drew Elliot are the new players stepping into the Irish rotation.

Saad knows with such a young team that Catholic will go through their fair share of ups and downs, but is looking to the end of the season as the most important part of the year.

"We are very young and some of these kids are new to tennis," Saad said. "They come to practice every day and work really hard. That is all you can ask. I don't care as much about March and April. We are working towards improving and being ready for May."

Saad is glad to be a part of the winning tradition at Catholic, having led the Irish to two state titles in his first two years.

"It is absolutely fabulous to be a part of such a great program like Charleston Catholic," Saad said. "I went to school and graduated there. It's a great opportunity to give back to the school and community. The kids want to succeed and excel at whatever they do."

"It would be nice to make the state tournament, and hopefully win it," Catholic girls coach Sam Fox said. "We just want the girls to play up to their potential, get better throughout the season, and have a strong showing."

Fox was in his first season as Irish girls tennis coach last year, and is no stranger to success with Catholic sports program, winning two state titles with boys soccer in 2011 and 2012 and leading them to undefeated seasons in the process.

Catholic returns one player from last season who advanced to the state tournament in Sarah Fox, who finished as state runner up in No. 1 doubles. The junior also advanced to the quarterfinal round at No. 2 singles.

"It is nice to have her back," said Fox, who is also the father of Sarah. "We only qualified two girls for the state tourney and still finished fourth so they did good. She has a lot of experience and we will need it with a number of freshman coming up to make an impact."

Junior Reagan Palmer and sophomore Catherine Herlihy return from last year's team and will continue to play doubles together.

Three promising freshmen are expected to join the starting rotation, including Joy Justice, who is currently slated to play No. 1 singles, along with Olivia DePond (No. 2) and Jessica Adkins (No. 3).

"They are tennis players who play year round," Fox said. "They will def help the team out. We don't have any seniors. We are looking forward to having a good season this year and have them all for at least two years to gel."

Sissonville baseball tops Charleston Catholic http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329280 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM03/150329280 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:55:36 -0400 By Michael Dailey CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sissonville High School's baseball team dented the plate for 10 runs in Monday's season-opening win over Scott. On Thursday, the hits and the runs kept coming for the Indians as they plated five first-inning runs en route to a 9-3 win over Charleston Catholic on a cold and damp evening in Sissonville.

Sissonville improved to 2-0 with the win in handing the Irish their second loss in as many games.

The Indians erased a 1-0 first-inning deficit by touching Catholic starter Thad Jameson for six hits and those five runs in the first inning, while adding a double and a single run off of Irish reliever Sam McKown in the second inning to jump to an early 6-1 lead.

"The one thing about it is that it was a good opening," Sissonville first-year coach Steve Pickrell said. "We got down that one run and with Scott, we didn't give up any runs or have any errors.

"We didn't have any adversity (against Scott) so it was nice to see them bounce back from getting down early."

Sissonville leadoff man Jacob Fisher, who finished with three runs and three stolen bases, got thing started for the Indians with a single to start the first inning. Josh Landis followed with a single, before designated hitter Zac Boggess plated a pair of runs with a single.

J.R. Stricklen and Lauchart followed with the last two of four consecutive singles, before Austin Casto plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Jared Gandee knocked in two more with a double to deep left field.

The benefactor of those early runs was Indians junior right-hander Ethan Lauchart, who picked up the win by tossing 4 2/3 innings, scattering six hits and allowing three runs. Lauchart finished with four strikeouts and two walks in moving his record to 1-0.

"That really helped me settle down, just knowing that I had a comfortable lead," Lauchart said. "I just tried to pepper the strike zone with a lot of strikes after that.

"I knew that if I threw strikes, I had a solid defense behind me that would make outs for me."

Pickrell was also pleased with Lauchart's outing.

"He's really good at putting the ball where he wants to put it," Pickrell said. "He doesn't have the velocity to strike a lot of guys out, but his curveball looked pretty good.

"He left it over the plate a couple of times, but they missed it, thankfully."

After quiet third and fourth innings, the Irish answered with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Alex Belcher started the inning with a single and after an infield error by the Indians, came around to score on an RBI groundout by Jameson.

An error in right field allowed Liam Bailey to score, before sophomore, left-handed reliever Corey Harrison induced Catholic's Michael Martin to pop out to first with two runners on to end the threat.

"I thought we went a little flat (after the first inning)," Catholic coach Bill Mehle said. "I thought we gave away some at bats there, so we just challenged them, we've got to compete and we got back in the game.

"But I'm glad we got to play the game. There were a lot of expectations (weather related) that were not going to play, so we've had two opportunities to play regular season games. That's what it takes. It's all about learning through the experience of playing the game."

Sissonville added three insurance runs in the sixth inning off of junior reliever Nick Russo, who took over for McKown in the fifth inning.

After a strikeout to lead off the inning, the Indians used a pair of Irish errors, a pair of singles, a wild pitch and a stolen base to plate those runs.

Stricklen and Boggess had a single RBI in the inning.

"This was our second game, so we haven't had a lot of tests and these guys (Catholic) put up a fight in the middle innings," Pickrell said. "Last year, we would get a little lackadaisical when we'd get up early and it came back to beat us in the end. I liked to see us put those runs back on at the end like we did."

Kentucky-WVU boxscore http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/GZ02/150329281 GZ02 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/GZ02/150329281 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:52:30 -0400 FG FT Reb


Holton 26 2-6 1-3 8-11 1 5 5

Staten 33 5-13 2-2 0-0 1 2 14

Miles Jr 19 0-3 0-2 0-1 0 1 0

D Williams 21 2-9 5-8 1-4 1 4 9

Browne 19 0-5 1-2 0-4 0 3 1

Paige 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0

Carter 23 3-8 0-0 0-0 2 4 6

Adrian 15 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 2 0

Phillip 14 1-3 2-2 0-2 1 3 4

Watkins 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

B Williams 4 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Macon 19 0-4 0-0 2-5 0 1 0

Totals 199 13-54 11-19 13-32 7 29 39

Percentages: FG .241, FT .579.

3-Point Goals: 2-15, .133 (Staten 2-4, Miles Jr. 0-1, Phillip 0-1, B. Williams 0-2, Holton 0-3, Carter 0-4).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Adrian, Phillip, D. Williams).

Turnovers: 13 (Carter 5, Browne 2, D. Williams 2, Phillip 2, Staten, Holton).

Steals: 4 (Holton 2, Macon, Staten).

Technical Fouls: None.



Aa Harrison 22 4-6 2-2 0-2 2 1 12

An Harrison 20 2-6 9-10 0-3 2 1 13

Towns 13 0-3 1-2 1-2 0 4 1

Cauley-Stein 30 3-5 2-4 3-10 2 2 8

Lyles 29 4-7 6-7 2-7 2 0 14

Lee 122/3 0-0 1-5 0 2 4

Booker 18 5-8 0-0 0-4 1 2 12

Ulis 26 0-4 2-3 1-2 4 4 2

Malone 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Floreal 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Hawkins 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Long 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Willis 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Johnson 24 4-5 4-4 3-6 0 5 12

Totals 201 24-50 26-32 11-44 13 21 78

Percentages: FG .480, FT .813.

3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Aa. Harrison 2-3, Booker 2-5, Hawkins 0-1, Willis 0-1, Ulis 0-2, An. Harrison 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 7 (Cauley-Stein 3, Johnson 2, Lyles, An. Harrison).

Turnovers: 10 (An. Harrison 2, Booker 2, Aa. Harrison 2, Towns, Johnson, Lee, Cauley-Stein).

Steals: 7 (An. Harrison 4, Lyles, Hawkins, Cauley-Stein).

Technical Fouls: None.

West Virginia 18 21-39

Kentucky 44 34-78

Officials-Bryan Kersey, John Gaffney, Jeff Clark.

No. 1 Kentucky smashes WVU in Sweet 16 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/GZ02/150329283 GZ02 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/GZ02/150329283 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:04:48 -0400 By Dave Hickman CLEVELAND - This was certainly not the way West Virginia envisioned ending its season, but at least the Mountaineers went quickly.

In fact, it was only a matter of minutes after Thursday night's game with top-ranked Kentucky began that for all intents and purposes it also ended.

Dominating West Virginia as few teams have in the school's entire history, the Wildcats ran out to an 18-2 lead at the start, had the Mountaineers down 44-18 at halftime and 54-19 eight minutes into the second half.

When all was said and done, the final was 78-39 and, yes, it was just as lopsided as the score makes it sound.

"We couldn't have played any worse and I don't think they could have played any better,'' West Virginia's Devin Williams said. "We really just got outworked as a team.''

Outworked, outshot, outrebounded - suffice it to say that West Virginia was pretty much out-everythinged.

"We didn't come out punching,'' said Jonathan Holton. "They played their game and we didn't play ours. We struggled.''

The loss ended a season in which fifth-seeded West Virginia (25-10) made it into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012, won a game in the tourney for the first time since 2011 and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010.

For top-seeded and No. 1 Kentucky (37-0), the win continued what seems an inexorable march to becoming the first unbeaten national champion since 1976. The Wildcats have already won more games to start a season than any team in history and next face Notre Dame (32-5) in the Midwest Regional finals Saturday.

The difference between the two teams? Well, there were far too many to count. But in a nutshell, West Virginia's pressing defense had little effect on a team big enough to simply throw the ball over it, the Mountaineers could never really figure out how to score against UK's long, tall half-court defense and Kentucky made shots and rebounded.

In other words, it was complete domination.

"They just played better than us,'' said WVU freshman Daxter Miles, he of the confident statements a day before about Kentucky's winning streak coming to an end. "My hat's off to them.''

The game was the final one for West Virginia seniors Juwan Staten and Gary Browne, neither of whom felt much like talking afterward. Staten was required to go to the NCAA's official press conference, but when he returned was in no mood to talk. Browne spent the entirety of the time when the media was allowed in the locker room with his head buried in a towel.

Staten, the two-time All-Big 12 guard, was really WVU's only offense for much of the game, finishing with 14 points despite making just five of his 13 field goal attempts. He also had just one assist, primarily because no one could make a basket.

Browne, meanwhile, was hampered by fouls and never got going when he was on the floor. He scored just one point.

How badly did WVU play? Well, at one point when the score was 54-19, West Virginia was shooting 13.9 percent and had gotten more shots blocked (6) than it had field goals (5). That was eight minutes into the second half, or 28 game minutes and five field goals.

The Mountaineers would end up shooting just 24.1 percent for the game and had just 13 field goals. They were 2 for 15 on 3-pointers.

Williams, WVU's toughest inside presence and one who was going up against UK's mammoth interior, had nine points, but was hamstrung from the start when he picked up two fouls in the game's first 74 seconds. Holton had 11 rebounds but fouled out for the seventh time this season.

"When Devin got in foul trouble it hurt us a little bit right at the start,'' said freshman guard Jevon Carter, who had six points and two assists, but also five of WVU's 13 turnovers. "But when it comes down to it we just didn't play as hard as we normally do.''

Kentucky, meanwhile, shot 61 percent in the first half and 48 percent for the game. The balanced Wildcats had five players in double figures, led by Trey Lyles with 14.

They didn't turn the ball over, either, which was West Virginia's only real hope of containing the Wildcats. Kentucky did turn it over three times in its first eight possessions, but finished with just 10 turnovers, many of them not because of pressure but instead because of offensive fouls.

That was the other part of the game that stood out. The officials whistled the two teams for 50 fouls and Kentucky was 26 for 32 from the line.

So just what might it take to beat Kentucky? Well, WVU coach Bob Huggins knows a team will have to play a lot better than did his, and Kentucky can't play the way it did Thursday night.

"They're going to have to have a bad day,'' Huggins said of the Wildcats. "They had a good day and we had a bad day and so we lose by 40.''

Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickman1@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.

Readers' Voice: March 27, 2015 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/GZ01/150329301 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/GZ01/150329301 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -0400 They need to hurry up and legalize pot in West Virginia - the whole nation is going to legalize it. With the taxes they would earn on it, they could fix the potholes by legalizing pot. That might be the only way they're going to fix them.

I'm glad I'm finally in a church that worries more about seeing souls saved than about its income - that's the way it should be.

Tell Danny Jones to get us another cable company in this city instead of looking for another place to build a hotel.

Hurricane is a nice little town and if you're not part of the solution to change it, then you're part of the problem.

Does anyone know where we are supposed to take plastic recyclables since the place on Slack Street closed? I'm in the Charleston area and I would appreciate it if someone could let me know.

Every bill that the Legislature passed this year can cause sickness and death. Think about that.

Can you tell me why Marshall has to go to The Greenbrier to practice when they have the big new facility in Huntington?

It used to be April showers bring May flowers, but now it's spring snow makes the cold wind blow.

Will cancer patients who have Humana insurance be able to use the new cancer center? At this point, unless it is an emergency, CAMC will not accept Humana insurance. I hope this is not the case with the new facility.

An ex-freshman senator, community organizer who has become president now attempts to broker a deal with a rogue, enemy nation without transparency or congressional approval. History will judge the eight years of this man's presidency harshly.

The owner of Tesla should move to West Virginia, run for Senate, then become Senate president and introduce bills that would benefit his business. That's the way we do business in West Virginia.

I bet it is reassuring to the residents whose homes and church were destroyed that the Kanawha County Commission had been watching the Yeager runway slip develop for two years prior to the final slippage without taking action to prevent it from its final collapse.

Definition for todays GOP - Greedy Ole People. Today's GOP is very different from the GOP of the past. Nothing like Abe Lincoln, that is for sure.

Hillary has failed as a lawyer, investor, wife, senator and secretary of state. Please explain to us why she would make a good president.

So Ronnie, the hero of the Republican Party, dealt arms to Iran for six years during his term in office and they still think he is great. Now 47 Republican senators send a letter to the Iranian leader warning him to beware of any nuclear treaty that Obama makes with that country. What's wrong with this picture?

As much as I enjoy watching the NCAA men's basketball tournament, I think that Norman Chad's column, "Road to Final Four Remains Highway to Nowhere," is right on target in his critique of major college programs and coaches.

First of all, a disclaimer. I am not a teacher, have never worked in education; in fact have no children in school. But those complaining about teachers' salaries need to consider this: The average teacher's salary (nationwide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day/30 students = $9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student - a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even educate your kids.

I don't understand the worship of the state of Israel by right-wing Christians. The Jews believe that Christians worship a false God in the form of Jesus Christ, whom the Jews (and Muslims, too, for that matter) consider as just one of the prophets. And, if the Jews are really the "chosen people", then Christians are in error in saying Jesus is the son of God.

Vent Line for March 27, 2015 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM04/150329309 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150327/DM04/150329309 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -0400 n A big "thank you" to Steve Henson and crew for fixing the curb. We really appreciate it.

n They should have placed the airport between Huntington and Charleston, but those old selfish tight wads at the Kanawha County Commission wanted to hog it all.

n Thank God this legislative session is finally over.

n To the person who says seniors with concealed carry permits are dummies: If you knew very much you would realize that we travel out of state and like to take our protection with us and in case we run into someone even dumber than you who has bad intentions toward us and we can defend ourselves. Without a permit in other states, if you carry a gun you are going to jail.

n I often wonder if Dollar Danny is getting a kickback from all the tire companies who are repairing the tires ruined by the potholes. This could be why he isn't maintaining city streets.

n It will probably be another 83 years before Republicans take over like that again. People have done the math. All they have done is hurt the working-class people.

n Two people from a global company that has a manufacturing facility in West Virginia were visiting. They commented that West Virginia is very beautiful, but the roads are ugly. They come from a country that has wintertime, too. Their comment was that in their country someone would be fired. Maybe we should take a note from them and overhaul our department of highways, especially here in Kanawha County and get rid of the dead weight at the top.

n Isn't it amazing how you can be a crook, murderer or rapist in Charleston and then the police have to have a meeting with them to make sure they aren't hurt or losing their Constitutional rights. It is like the Bible where it says "good is evil and evil is good." Watch out people. He's a coming.

n It was a stunning sunset last night wasn't it? A beautiful free show from God.

n Do not put anyone on Facebook without asking their permission first.

n The developer of a shopping complex without enough exits for traffic is responsible for the traffic, not the city and state.

n ISIS fights like the cowards they are. They have to sneak up on unsuspecting people instead of fighting like men.

n While in school, I wish that I could have had an instructor such as Joseph Wyatt.

n When the local news anchors on WVAH-TV segue into the weather segment, why do they tell the weather guy what the weather has been and what it is going to be? Since he is the weather reporter, I believe he knows. And, if the news anchor has to do it, why do we need the weather guy?

n Once you get a concealed carry permit you shouldn't have to keep renewing it. It is only a way to make money for the sheriff's office.

n To the caller who asked why we call the terrorist group Islamic State if it isn't Islamic: For the same reason we call warmongers and capital punishment proponents like George Bush "Christian."  It's what they call themselves.

n Under Armour recently announced they will market products with Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) on their product line. Wasn't this the same person who converted to Islam in 1967 and refused to serve in the military? I am a Vietnam veteran that will not be buying any Under Armour products until they back off of this connection. I hope all active and retired military will support my same view.

n Laurie Lin's column about the EPA's comfortable listening tour was spot on. The EPA has already decided what they are going to do and the public hearings are all for show. I attended the power plant regulations hearing in Pittsburgh last summer, but no one from the EPA was there to answer questions - they were there only to do their obligatory listening. The EPA hearings are pep rallies for extreme environmentalists who could care less about coal miner's jobs. Under Obama, the EPA has become the "Economic Paralysis Agency."

n Attention McDonald's and Bob Evans: It is possible to bake a biscuit that does not fall apart when you pick it up. My mother could do it. My mother-in-law could do it. My sister can do it. Even Tudor's can do it.