CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's 77-70 win over Glenville State Monday at Eddie King Gym snapped a three-game losing skid in which coach Dwaine Osborne questioned his team's effort and energy.
That skid started with a loss at Shepherd all the way back on Dec. 8 and included a home nonconference loss to Shaw, a team the Golden Eagles had already beaten on the road. A three-week layoff for winter break then concluded with a loss at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Such a lull in enthusiasm can be tough to explain sometimes with so many contributing factors and a young team, but Osborne gave it a shot Tuesday.
"In that first game against Shepherd, it was an overnight trip and it was snowing and some of our guys had never even seen snow," Osborne said. "They acted more interested in building snowmen and making snow angels than they did in playing a game. Then we got snowed in afterward - it was just a wacko trip.
"Then you come home and play a team we already beat at their place, and you know how kids are, you just don't prepare and do things the way you did before when it was an unknown. Then we come back from break, and practice was decent, but it wasn't great. We just went up [to Wesleyan] and played with absolutely zero emotion.
"Finally we came home afterwards and for 48 hours we got after it really good. But it's not just the players, I've got to be better too."
If UC has indeed turned a corner, it may be in the nick of time.
The Golden Eagles (6-4 overall, 3-3 Mountain East Conference) could be in a position to make a serious move with their next five games against teams all currently in the bottom half of the league standings, starting with a trip to Concord (5-7, 2-4) on Thursday night.
Following that stretch, however, will be consecutive games against the top three in the current standings, starting with a return trip from Shepherd on Jan. 30 and continuing with a road trip to West Liberty and a home date with Wheeling Jesuit.
All of that too far down the road for Osborne to think about right now.
"We can't worry about stringing four together until we've won one, two, and three," Osborne said. "We're trying to go on a bunch of one-game winning streaks."