Walker, who finished with 12 points and five assists in 35 minutes, is just happy to be able to go end line to end line at 100 percent. He also was happy to recover from a near fumble around the halfcourt screen.
"I pulled my hamstring and I was out, I think, eight or nine games," Walker said. "Off and on, I tried to practice, really frustrating. I was trying to get back in sync. It was my third game back, and I finally got my wind back."
State countered Moore's triple-double with a pair of double-doubles - Austin had 26 points and 10 rebounds and David Ford had 18 points and 10 boards. Hutchins added 20 points, though he suffered eight turnovers.
State won the rebounding battle 47-40, though Shepherd narrowed that with 16 offensive rebounds in the second half. The Rams turned the Jackets over 26 times, leading to 27 points.
Coming off a 70-59 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday, and facing road tests against the University of Charleston and Fairmont State, the Yellow Jackets really needed the win. Being 2-1 since the holiday break has eased the pain of a 4-6 start.
"First semester we were playing undermanned with some injuries and all that. That really hurts you," Poore said. "And we're still trying to find ourselves and grow, and develop that chemistry, which we don't have solid yet. So we're still kind of a work in progress."
The Jackets battle UC at 6 p.m. Saturday at Eddie King Gym.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.