CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With Christmas less than a week away, the University of Charleston will look to put a bow on its first semester resume today when the Golden Eagles travel to play at Urbana (Ohio) in the team's last contest before the break.
UC (6-2, 3-2 West Virginia Conference) enters today's contest fresh from an 87-56 pasting of Davis & Elkins at Eddie King Gymnasium on Monday. Terrell Lipkins, who at 5-foot-11 is the Golden Eagles shortest starting player, leads the team with 18.6 points per game and also leads UC with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Lipkins comes in at No. 7 in the WVC in scoring (Pitt Johnstown's Nick Novak leads the league with an even 23.0) and is tied for 15th in the league in rebounds.
As a team, Charleston has been statistically consistent as far where the Golden Eagles stack up in the WVC. UC has the fourth-ranked scoring offense (86.9 points per game) and scoring defense (allowing 70.1) in the conference.
UC's plus-16.8 average scoring margin is good enough for second-best in the league behind only West Liberty, which just happens to be the No. 1-ranked team in the county. The Hilltoppers have been blasting opponents with an average win margin of 36.6 ppg.
There is only one major statistical category, blocked shots per game, that the Golden Eagles are not among the top half of the WVC. UC's 3.13 blocks per game have it sitting at the No. 8 spot in the 15-team conference.
The West Virginia State and WVU Tech men's basketball teams have finished their first semester schedules with Tech off until Jan. 10 and State off until a Jan. 5 home game against Glenville State.
The Yellow Jackets (4-6, 2-3 WVC) have played poor in stretches and entered their break on a three-game losing streak. Junior Anton Hutchins (13.4 ppg) and senior David Ford (12.7) lead WVSU in scoring, with Ford putting up some of the better individual offensive rebounding statistics in the conference, grabbing an average more than three per game.