CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With his team headed toward a no-doubt 92-63 win Thursday night over Bluefield State, University of Charleston coach Mark Downey was thinking ahead to the final week of the regular season.
His mind was not wandering - he's just trying to get his troops positioned for three games in six days, followed by the West Virginia Conference tournament. The Golden Eagles (16-7 overall, 12-7 WVC), currently in fifth place, need a strong finish to improve their postseason picture.
The Eagles get Saturday off, then play their final home game Monday against Glenville State, travel to fourth-place Wheeling Jesuit next Thursday and finish at West Virginia State on Feb. 23.
"I thought it was OK," Downey said of his team's effort Thursday. "We did what we had to do, pushed it out a little bit and some guys played well. We need to bring some guys along."
Evan Faulkner led the Eagles with 24 points, though Downey wished he didn't have to play him 35 minutes. Tino diTrapano could have gotten 10-12 minutes in relief of Faulkner, but he turned an ankle and is out a week.
Terrell Lipkins looked to be in pretty good shape, scoring 20 points with four assists and four steals. Robbie Dreher scored 16 and Quincy Washington had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Downey tried to get 6-foot-8 Aleksander Kesic back in the swing, but all he did was commit four fouls - in five minutes. Marwan Sarhan, a 6-5 Egyptian, made a strong push with eight points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes.
Two others, Xavier Humphrey and Hayden Arnett, have been limited recently. Humphrey, battling tendinitis in a knee, played 10 minutes and managed a 3-pointer that bounced high above the backboard before falling through the net.