The Golden Eagles, who finished with a 52.3 shooting percentage on the night, also picked up 20 points from Humphrey and 18 off the bench from Hayden Annett, who hit 5 of 7, all from 3-point distance. Starter Corey Jackson and reserves Fred Simpson and Quincy Washington added 10 each.
In its first three games, UC shot 50.3 percent from the field, including 43.8 on 3-pointers.
"We can all shoot it,'' said Downey. "All five positions on the floor can shoot it. People aren't going to be able to zone us like they did last year. We went through a 10-game stretch last year where people zoned us every game.''
Continued hot shooting should make life easier for Lipkins.
"We have so many shooters and me being a shooter and a point guard, it gives me the open floor to make a move or make a play,'' said Lipkins. "And if I don't have anything, I kick it out to one of our shooters.''
Improving on last year's success, however, won't be easy. The Golden Eagles were 26-7 overall and 18-4 in the WVC but lost in overtime to West Liberty in the conference tournament title game and suffered a first-round loss to Wheeling Jesuit in regional play.
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.