Faulkner and Xavier Humphrey combined to shoot 1 of 13 from 3-point range, and the Eagles were 10 of 32 - way too many attempts for Downey's taste. And the Eagles were 3 of 6 from the line - way too few attempts for Downey's taste.
"How do you go a whole game and the other team only fouls you eight times? How does that happen?" Downey said. "You have soft guys. Guys that aren't very tough, guys that aren't attacking the rim, which is what we're supposed to have."
Those not-so-tough Eagles were outrebounded by 10 in the first half, which allowed the Cardinals to draw even at 34 at the half. Freshman Justin Fritts helped that cause, hitting two quick 3-pointers before Siefert banked in a jumper at the buzzer.
UC (12-4, 8-4) never led in the second half, and Joe Prati's putback with 16:02 gave the Cardinals the lead for good. That margin stretched to 51-44, but Lipkins kept the Eagles close and his eighth 3-pointer made the score 68-67 with 1:27 left.
Wheeling (8-8, 6-6) squeezed most of the 35-second clock before settling for a Recardo Gaddy 3-pointer, which missed. But in the scramble for the rebound, the ball went off a UC player, giving Wheeling the ball and a fresh shot clock with 43.8 seconds left.
The Cardinals milked the clock again, and UC went for the stop without fouling. That led to Siefert's miss, which led to the game's suspenseful conclusion.
That conclusion made the Cardinals 4-0 against Downey's UC teams, including a 79-76 decision in last year's NCAA tournament. It also finished a tough part of their schedule, which included three road games last week, an off day Monday and Thursday's trip to UC.
"We played at Shepherd, which is a four-hour trip," Sancomb said. "We went to Bluefield on Thursday night and we had a snowstorm and didn't get home until 6:05 in the morning. We went to West Virginia Wesleyan [Saturday].
"So we had four games, went 3-1 on the road."
And now, UC gets another taste of the road, playing Alderson-Broaddus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Fairmont State at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday and Ohio Valley at 4 p.m. on Feb. 2.
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