"It's something to watch and know the system, but it's another thing to actually do it, timing and stuff," Osborne said. "Everything's out of whack."
UC (5-3, 2-2) plays at West Virginia Wesleyan (7-5, 2-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday.
At the top of the heap, West Liberty (8-0, 4-0) picked up another first-place vote in the national coaches' poll, strengthening the Hilltoppers' claim as the top team in NCAA Division II.
In the poll announced Thursday, the Hilltoppers received 14 of 16 first-place votes, with No. 2 Bellarmine of Louisville, Ky., getting the other two. West Liberty has been ranked No. 1 24 times in the last four seasons, and is in the top five for the 31st consecutive poll.
Still, the Hilltoppers are tied for first in the Mountain East with Shepherd (also 8-0, 4-0). The teams face off next Thursday in Shepherdstown.
Bo King's return to the West Virginia State lineup had coach Bryan Poore sort of sorry to see the long Division II holiday break come.
The Charleston Catholic graduate scored 38 combined points and hit 7 of 16 3-pointers in the Yellow Jackets' victories over former league rivals Davis & Elkins and Bluefield State. It was a refreshing change from a four-game losing streak, including the top three MEC teams - West Liberty, Shepherd and Wheeling Jesuit (5-2, 3-1).
Navigating a broken foot in the fall and Division II rules, King enrolled at State part-time in the spring and fall semesters of 2013 before resuming full-time studies for spring 2014 - his eighth and final competitive semester. Not a moment too soon, as far as Poore is concerned.
"We didn't have a consistent shot-maker during the first semester," Poore said. "When you have a guy that [an opposing] team has to know where he is, that opens things up for everyone else. Bo is experienced in the conference and experienced with my system."
Reuben Berry, who was averaging 1.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 11.3 minutes, left the program after the fall semester.
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