CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- By hitting back-to-back 3s early in the second half, Hayden Annett enlivened a sluggish University of Charleston offense and demonstrated the luxury of a deep roster.
The two baskets helped trigger a scoring binge that allowed the Golden Eagles to overcome a two-point deficit and hurry off to an 87-56 victory over Davis & Elkins Monday night at Eddie King Gym. A crowd of about 150 attended.
Although Annett was making just his second start of the season, his soft shooting touch and all-around play give coach Mark Downey some nice options.
In this case, Downey wanted to shake things up after a 71-61 home loss to Fairmont State on Saturday.
"I was trying to get some people's attention,'' said Downey.
To do so, he benched Xavier Humphrey and Corey Jackson and tabbed Annett and Quincy Washington to start.
Annett, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Portland, Australia, contributed 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including those two 3-pointers that gave UC a 42-35 lead during a 19-1 hot streak.
After falling behind 35-33 to start the second half, the Golden Eagles (6-2) surged to a 52-36 advantage and breezed from there.
As an Indiana prep school transfer, Annett welcomes any playing time he can get.
"I'm just happy playing,'' he said. "I sat out a year, so I'm fine with just playing.''
Washington, a 6-5 junior guard from Florence, S.C., who was making his first start of the season, scored his team's first four points and finished with 10 on 4-of-8 shooting.
Downey seemed pleased with both players.