It was the sixth straight victory, including four straight on the road, for the Golden Eagles (11-2 overall, 7-2 in the West Virginia Conference).
"They played extremely well, and we didn't,'' said State coach Bryan Poore. "UC was the aggressor for the whole night, and they had us on our heels. That's disappointing, and that sums it up.''
State, which started the game with a 39.1 shooting percentage that ranked 13th in the WVC, shot just 36.8 percent (21 for 57).
"We didn't have it,'' said Poore. "We didn't have the aggressiveness, the intensity, the focus and all that until UC got their confidence and got going. And then it was too hard to swing back the momentum.''
Normally in recent State-UC games, said Downey, the Yellow Jackets have been the aggressors.
"This was the opposite of what has happened since I've been here,'' he said. "We really wanted to prepare. We knew they were big and physical and wanted to pound the ball inside. We wanted to try and limit that and play fast. We wanted to push the tempo. Our guys did a great job of it, and when things started to go right, it seems that everything goes right.''
Corey Jackson came off the UC bench to lead a balanced offense with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Lipkins and Robbie Dreher added 14 points each, Evan Faulkner had 11 and Xavier Humphrey 10. UC outrebounded State 45-33.
For State (6-8, 4-5), Anton Hutchins scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. It was State's fifth loss in seven games.
West Liberty, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II, will visit the Golden Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.