CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After already enduring an eight-game losing streak this season, any win tastes pretty sweet for WVU Tech.
But last week's pair of victories were even just a bit sweeter.
"The past week was payback week for the team," Tech coach Bob Williams said.
Indeed, the Golden Bears took care of Washington Adventist and Campbellsville on Thursday and Saturday in Montgomery, avenging losses to each squad from earlier in the year.
"We were down three at halftime against Campbellsville and outscored them by 14 in the second half," Williams said. "We forced a lot of turnovers, hit some big shots, got some big stops when we needed them - it was a high-emotion game for our kids."
The earlier losses to Washington Adventist and Campbellsville were part of Tech's eight-game skid, which came on the heels of a blistering 8-1 start.
"We went through a stretch of injuries and some really difficult games on the road," Williams said. "We had five games in 10 days against some really good teams, and that took a lot out of us and we lost confidence."
But the brutality of such a futile stretch has been buried by five straight wins for the suddenly streaking Bears.
The addition of 6-foot-7 Stephen Coles certainly hasn't hurt, as the senior forward has averaged 19 points while leading the team to a 5-1 record since his arrival.
Originally a commitment of Lamar University in Texas, Coles has made his rounds before finally settling in for a final semester with Tech.
Williams said Coles has given his team a dynamic player on both ends of the floor.
"He's a really good, high-impact type of player," Williams said.