CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The game's decisive play might have been the offensive rebound in the final minute by the University of Charleston's 6-foot guard, Denzel Douglas.
"Huge,'' UC coach Dwaine Osborne said later, raising his voice noticeably.
Or the decisive play might have been the 3-point try by Concord's Cam Shannon that rimmed out in the final seconds.
"The basketball gods knocked that one out,'' said Mountain Lion coach Kent McBride.
Whether by luck or design, the breaks clearly favored the Golden Eagles down the stretch, helping them to a 64-59 victory Wednesday night at Eddie King Gym. A crowd of about 350 ratcheted up the noise in the final minutes.
The victory capped off a rewarding day for the Golden Eagles, who retained their precious No. 4 spot in the NCAA Division II regional rankings and, at 15-6 in the Mountain East Conference, moved into sole possession of second place.
In addition, they extended their win streak to five, though they've been falling far short of domination.
"This league is unbelievable,'' said Osborne. "It's a war every single night.''
The Mountain Lions, who earlier in the season suffered a 10-game losing streak, gave the Golden Eagles all they wanted.
They led by three midway through the second half and trailed only 60-59 and had the ball with 1:31 left. But shortly after a timeout, they turned it over.
And when UC's Aleksander Kesic drove the lane and missed, Douglas materialized out of nowhere for the offensive rebound.
Douglas, a senior, then drove to the basket, drew a blocking foul and hit both free throws for a 62-59 lead with 27 seconds remaining.