Yet Downey is very happy with the results.
"We had 13 players on scholarship who were in town over the [Christmas] break," said the coach. "They went out to eat together a lot and all I heard back was how polite and great they were. They're doing well in the classroom. We're doing things the right way."
Downey's overall game plan?
"We try to bring in a mix," said the coach. "We try to recruit locally, if there are kids who can help us, which, sometimes there aren't. But we try to recruit locally. We have a junior varsity team and try to look for players that fly under the radar.
"As for transfers, [former WVU player] Paul Williamson didn't work out, but most are panning out. What we try to do is sign a freshman or two, a junior college player or two and a Division I transfer or two. We had more transfers this year, but we want to spread out the classes in the future and always have kids with experience."
Last week, UC routed West Virginia State, which had dominated in these parts, 92-56. The torch has apparently been passed.
"That win against West Virginia State really gave us confidence," Lipkins said.
Monday's victory should as well. West Liberty is very well-coached. It is very disciplined. Its sharp shooters know exactly where their teammates are during frenetic games.
"We tried to contain [West Liberty] and give them no easy baskets," Lipkins said. "This proves that everyone can be beaten."
It should also prove UC is finally ready to take that next step, into the NCAA Division II Top 25.
"I'd love to be No. 1, but I'll take Top 25," Lipkins said.
Short-circuiting West Liberty is the first step toward that goal.