CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The University of Charleston will attempt to keep its record unblemished today when the Golden Eagles travel to play at Shepherd.
UC (2-0) beat the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and Nova Southeastern University in last weekend's Nova Thanksgiving Tournament, thanks in part to averaging 94 points and shooting 54.3 percent from the floor.
Terrell Lipkins led the way for Charleston last weekend. The junior guard scored 20 points against UPR-Mayaguez and 26 against Nova Southeastern (both team highs) while averaging five assists. Through two games, Aleksander Kesic and Xavier Humphrey have been strong on the boards for the Golden Eagles. Kesic leads the team with eight rebounds per game and Humphrey is averaging five but has none on the offensive end.
Shepherd (3-1) is coming off a 93-90 win at Fairmont State on Nov. 20. The Rams' Chad Moore, is averaging a double-double with 23. 5 points per game (second in the West Virginia Conference just ahead of Lipkins' 23) and 11.3 rebounds, but Shepherd is more than a one-man team with strong early-season performances from Brantley Osborne, Sidney McCray and Morgan McDonald.
Tipoff between the Golden Eagles and Rams is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Butcher Athletic Center in Shepherdstown.
WVU Tech is no stranger to competing against opponents from Division 2, however the Golden Bears will be tasked with hosting NABC/Division 2 No. 4 Bellarmine (Ky.) today at the Neal Baisi Athletic Center.
The Golden Bears (8-4) enter today's 2 p.m. contest after splitting two games at last weekend's Bluefield State Classic, falling to Chowan University and beating Lander University. David Rawlins and Terrale Clark have kept up their strong starts to the season, but in recent games Tech has benefited from the added contributions of West Virginia natives Brandon Burgraff and Jaren Marino.
Burgraff, who played his high school ball at Matewan, has gone for more than 20 points four times this season, including 23 (with 18 of those coming from 3-point range) in the win against Lander. Marino, a South Charleston product, is averaging 14 points in Tech's last three games and has helped the Golden Bears on the glass with 5.1 rebounds per game.
Bellarmine (4-0) owns wins against Virginia Wise, Philander Smith, Grand Valley and Wayne State and are led by Wright State transfer Vance Hall's 19.3 points per game. Hall averaged 20.4 minutes and 4.5 points for WSU last season.
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.