The University of Charleston men's basketball team shot almost 60 percent from the field and cruised to a 107-81 win against the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez at the Nova Thanksgiving Tournament Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.The Golden Eagles (1-0) made 39 of 68 field goal attempts and owned a 45-31 rebounding advantage in the season-opening win.Terrell Lipkins led the way for UC with 20 points to go with six assists and five rebounds. Four other players - Aleksander Kesic (19 points, eight rebounds, five assists), Xavier Humphrey (14 points, six rebounds), Corey Jackson (13 points, three rebounds) and Hayden Anett (10 points, six rebounds) - scored in double-figures for Charleston.Mario Diaz led UPR-Mayaguez with 24 points while Juan Ramos added 19 and Alexander Curet had 15.UC plays again at at 7:30 tonight against Nova Southeastern University. The Sharks defeated Goldey-Beacom 87-85 in their first game of the tournament.CHOWAN 79, WVU TECH 61: Four Chowan players scored in double-figures to lead the Hawks to a 79-61 win against WVU Tech in the Bluefield State Classic.
The loss is the second in a row for the Golden Bears (7-4) since beating Fairmont State last week.
Terrale Clark (18 points), David Rawlinson (16 points) and Jarin Marino (14 points) led Tech on the offensive end. Marino led the Golden Bears with six rebounds while Clark and Rawlins each had five boards.Quinton McDuffie led Chowan with 21 points while Rickey Lamb finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.WomenUC 75, MISSOURI S&T 64: The University of Charleston stayed unbeaten, defeating Missouri S&T on the first day of the 2012 Rollins Thanksgiving Tournament in Winter Park, Fla.
LeAnne Ross led the Golden Eagles (2-0) with 13 points, Jessi Cowden finished with 12, Nichole Perry had 11 and Chelsea Brumby scored 10. Tianni Kelly had a team-high eight rebounds for Charleston.The Golden Eagles are back in action at 3 p.m. today when they take on Tusculum College.