"He took full-time classes last year at Marshall University, but he took them from home,'' said Downey. "He was at home with his father, who had diabetes. He took nine classes [from home] to try to be eligible at Marshall this year, but Marshall didn't end up taking him. We appealed it because he was at home caring for his father, and [the NCAA] finally said OK.''
Dreher's choice of UC involved more than just playing ball and going to school.
"I wanted to win,'' he said. "It's not just about coming here and playing. If you check Coach Downey's resume, he's always been a winner, everywhere he's been. I want to win championships.''
The Golden Eagles (4-1 overall, 1-1 West Virginia Conference) built a 49-32 halftime lead and increased the advantage to 31 in the second half, but Downey found considerable fault with his team's play, especially in the game's latter stages.
"We weren't ready to play for some reason,'' said the UC coach. "We didn't share the ball the way I like to. We took bad shots.''
UC's Terrell Lipkins led the scoring with 22 points on 9 of 20 shooting, Xavier Humphrey added 13 points and Hayden Annett, who is 7 for 9 on 3-point attempts in the last two games, had 10 points.
Leading Ohio Valley (1-6, 0-3) were Ashton Brown with 25 points and Mustafa Hela with 12.
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.