The Black Eagles took the lead for good at 28-27 when Devyn Harris picked the pocket of Mohigans' guard Nick Colasante at midcourt and sailed in for a layup with 3:24 left in the third quarter.
It was Harris' only points of the game but capped a comeback from an early 10-point deficit.
"Devyn gets a crucial steal there,'' Reese said, "and we go up, and that's when the whole game changed around.''
SC's trademark swarming defense, which didn't seem to bother Morgantown in the first half, certainly paid dividends after the break. The Mohigans finished with 17 turnovers and 28 percent shooting.
"They're great defensively,'' Colasante said. "Every kind of set we tried to run, they're in there. Against teams like that, it makes it more difficult. We prepared for it, but our shots weren't falling as much as we wanted them to.''
After Morgantown shaved its deficit to 36-34 with seven minutes left, SC started to spread the floor on offense in order to draw the Mohigans out of the foul lane, and perhaps out of good rebounding position.
That became evident with 1:27 left to play when Cunningham darted for an opening inside, missed a shot, Reese missed a stickback and Cunningham got another offensive rebound and laid it home to give SC a 44-39 lead and force a Mohigans timeout.
After a missed 3 by Morgantown, Kincaid got the ball to Knapper for a layup with a minute to go, and it was pretty much over.
"In the first half, we guarded pretty good,'' Herbert said, "but didn't run any offense. We were terrible on offense and we discussed that at halftime. Defensively, I thought we really picked it up and went from being pretty good to daggone really good.
"All the credit to these guys. I'm real proud of them. They're special to me. They're like sons to me. [The seniors] came in when I did.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.