The University of Charleston is getting on a roll at the right time.
P.J. Reyes knocked down 26 points to lead an offensive show Thursday night as the Golden Eagles raced to a 91-68 West Virginia Conference win against Fairmont State at Eddie King Gym.
It marked the eighth straight victory for UC (20-5, 15-4), which holds at No. 2 in the league behind West Liberty State.
The Golden Eagles aren't only winning, they're having fun doing it. Reyes turned in four of UC's seven slam dunks, and two other alley-oops resulted in soft drops into the basket.
"I heard Coach Cal say that the other day,'' UC coach Mark Downey said of Kentucky coach John Calipari. "He not only wants his team to be well-coached - and they've got a lot of talent - but he plays to recruiting and all that stuff, and he says, 'I want my guys to have the most fun in the country.'
"It helps when you're winning - and we are. They're playing hard and having fun and hopefully, we can keep it up.''
Reyes, a 6-foot-5 senior and a transfer from South Alabama, also turned in the game's highlight play when he alley-ooped the ball to himself off the backboard during a fast break and jammed it home. That brought the crowd to its feet and gave UC a commanding 63-36 lead with 14:10 left to play.
"That's the second time he's done it this year,'' Downey said. "I'm not particularly fond of it in a game, but these guys watch the NBA and all that stuff.''
Reyes admitted that the high-flying antics turn on not only the fans, but the players themselves.
"I think that's the biggest thing playing like that,'' he said. "You can't worry about it too much. If we're worrying about it, we ain't gonna get it. We're just having fun and sticking together.''
UC did a lot of other good things besides dunk.