"Hayden doesn't make mistakes,'' said the UC coach. "He's not the greatest athlete, but he's where he's supposed to be. If he's open, he's going to make shots. I told the team [Sunday] that Hayden is a guy I trust. And Quincy's been playing his butt off. He plays hard. He's got a lot of energy. He makes me pull my hair out sometimes, but he's getting to the rim and finishing at the rim and rebounding and playing defense and doing a lot of good things for us.''
Humphrey, a 6-6 Marshall transfer, is second on the team in scoring and rebounding at 13.1 and 6.3, respectively, but is capable of more, said Downey.
"I want Xavier Humphrey to expect more out of himself,'' he said. "We need to get more out of him than just shooting 3s. He's got to guard and rebound and be tough with the ball. He's got to be better there.''
By hitting 4-of-9 3-point attempts, Annett improved to 19 of 43 (44 percent) from that distance and averages nine points a game.
"My teammates did a good job of getting me open,'' he said. "They always look for me, and I was able to knock 'em down.''
Robbie Dreher, a 6-4 junior guard, came off the bench to score 14 points, and junior guard Terrell Lipkins, UC's shortest starter at 5-11, led the team with nine rebounds and contributed 11 points and seven assists.
"He ran the show as well tonight as he has all year,'' said Downey.
UC's Aleksander Kesic also had 10 points.
D&E (1-5), which defeated West Virginia State by 19 points on Saturday, was led by Devin Miller with 16 points and Igor Premasunac with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.