CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One team's loss resulted in another team's game.
That's how it came to be that the University of Charleston men's basketball team will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on Southern Miss at 9:15 tonight.
That spot on the schedule was originally reserved for Mountain State, but after the school folded, UC coach Mark Downey put in a call to old friend and current Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall.
Tyndall enters his first year at Southern Miss by way of a very successful stint at Morehead State.
The result is an exhibition matchup of Golden Eagles.
"I've known Donnie a long time," Downey said. "He played Mountain State every year and things happened over the summer and they shut their doors so we called and he said, 'Yeah, we'll play the game.' It happened pretty quick."
The connection between the two coaches dates back to Downey's time as an assistant at the University of New Orleans and Tyndall's tenure as an assistant at Middle Tennessee State back in the early 2000s, when the two often worked together.
"I've known him awhile," Downey said. "We watched a lot of film and did a lot of scouting together. I know his guys will be very physical and tough. They go hard to the offensive glass. We've got to step up to the challenge."
As if taking on a Division I program wasn't enough, UC will have to go tonight without Winthrop transfer Robbie Dreher, who was expected to be one of Charleston's best players this season.
The junior is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA after he took online classes at Marshall last year.