West Liberty sophomore guard C.J. Hester contributed 21 points and 14 boards while redshirt freshman guard Bubby Goodwin, a former Wheeling Park standout, added 18 points and four assists and Dyer had 12 points, four caroms and three steals.
The Hilltoppers only attempted one foul shot in the first half and missed it, but hit on 29 of 32 after intermission. West Liberty, which canned only five 3-pointers after hitting 16 in the semifinals, made 54.7 percent of its shots overall - 55.9 percent in the first half and 52.6 in the second.
"I think everybody was looking for a wire game and so was I,'' said Crutchfield. "It kind of had that feel at halftime. I just thought we played really good, efficient basketball.
"When transition buckets were available we took them, we spread the floor down the stretch with a comfortable lead and, for the most part, held onto the ball and made our free throws and do it the way you're supposed to do it to win basketball games."
West Liberty played the tournament without junior guard Cedric Harris, the team's second-leading scorer who separated his shoulder in the final regular-season game against Pitt Johnstown.
"Fairmont State is a very good basketball team and their program right now is sky-high,'' Crutchfield said. "For us to take them out by a 14-point win really surprises me. It's a tribute to [our guys].''
Senior guard Malik Stith, a transfer from St. John's, and senior guard Isaac Thornton tallied 17 points apiece for Fairmont State, which connected on 30 percent of its shots after halftime. Falcons junior forward Brendan Cooper chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds.
"We had a couple of goals going into the game,'' said Fairmont State coach Jerrod Calhoun, who guided the Falcons to their first title game appearance since 1985. "One was to hold them under eight 3-pointers. The second one was we needed to outrebound them and they were plus-8 on the glass.
"Everybody talks about them getting up and down and scoring all these points and shooting a lot of 3s, but the thing I admire, and they've done better than anybody in this league, is they rebound the basketball. If you know basketball and study the film, it's the reason you can't sleep. That's what got us again.''
Fairmont State won the most WVC tournament titles with 10. Joe Retton, the former Falcons coach who won 12 regular-season league championships, eight tournament titles and 478 games, didn't attend Saturday's title game.
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