Evan Faulkner and the University of Charleston found their winning touch Monday night in a 69-59 win over Alderson-Broaddus in a West Virginia Conference men's basketball matchup at Rex Pyles Arena in Philippi.Faulkner hit 7 of 9 shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers, on his way to a game-high 19 points for the Golden Eagles (13-4 overall, 9-4 WVC), who had lost two in a row since upsetting nationally ranked No. 1 West Liberty two weeks ago.Xavier Humphrey turned in 18 points and six rebounds for UC while Fred Simpson added nine points and seven boards off the bench and Terrell Lipkins contributed eight points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals. The Golden Eagles scored 27 points off the Battlers' 19 turnovers.UC trailed by as many as 11 points in the opening half but used a late run in last five minutes to tie the game before Faulkner canned a 3 as the horn sounded for a 34-31 lead.
The game remained close throughout the second half, with the Battlers jumping in front of the Golden Eagles five minutes in. UC went back ahead and didn't relinquish the lead the rest of the way.Casey Ainslie and Jonathan Ferguson netted 13 points apiece for A-B (11-5, 9-3) while O'Dell Eargle chipped in 12 and Roy Brown dropped in 11.nn
WJ TOPS STATE MEN: Host Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals jumped out to a 43-29 lead at halftime and held on for an 85-73 win over West Virginia State.Eric Siefert led four Wheeling Jesuit players in double figures with 19 points, followed by Ben Siefert's 18, Justin Fritts' 15 and Darin Harris' 14. Ben Siefert added nine assists and six rebounds. The Cardinals (10-8, 7-7) shot 52.2 percent from the field and received 42 points off the bench.
Jalen Walker and Anton Hutchins netted 19 points apiece for West Virginia State (7-12, 5-9) while David Ford donated 11. nn
UC WOMEN WIN: Charleston's Chelsea Brumby sank a last-second bucket from near midcourt as the University of Charleston women's basketball team edged Alderson-Broaddus 64-61 Monday at Rex Pyles Arena in Philippi.Brumby finished with a game-high 17 points while Leanne Ross chipped in 15 points for the Golden Eagles (10-7 overall, 7-6 West Virginia Conference).Cayla Rhodes led the Battlers (4-12, 3-9) with 16 points and Leah Hurst tallied 12 points and eight rebounds.nn
STATE WOMEN WIN: The West Virginia State women's basketball team took an early 2-0 lead and never trailed on the way to defeating Wheeling Jesuit 59-53.Cook paced the visiting Yellow Jackets (6-11, 6-8) with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds with Jasmine Blanton and Maria Femia adding 10 points each. Emily Robinson finished with 13 points for Wheeling Jesuit (5-13, 2-12).nn
TECH WOMEN WIN: Amber Tully went 8 for 15 from the floor and scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, as the WVU Tech women's basketball team held off Pikeville (Ky.) 64-61 at the Baisi Center in Montgomery.
Roche Wimberly chipped in a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears (10-11). Christin Haney paced Pikeville (5-15) with 16 points.nn
WVU TECH MEN HOME TONIGHT: With only eight games remaining on the schedule, the WVU Tech men's basketball team looks for a strong finish to the season as the Golden Bears face WVU-Parkersburg tonight at 7 at Neal Baisi Athletic Center in Montgomery.WVU Tech (13-9), which has won three straight, is paced by senior David Rawlinson with 22 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Terrale Clark is also averaging 15.4 points for the Golden Bears while pulling down 6.4 rebounds per game.nn
WVU SPORTS: West Virginia women's tennis player Hailey Barrett has been named the WVU Varsity Sports Report athlete of the week after her performance in the team's first win against Marshall since 1998.In the win, the Mountaineers were able to take a doubles point thanks to the work of Barrett and teammate Ikttesh Chahal, posting an 8-4 victory. In singles action, Barrett defeated her opponent 6-3, 7-5.The West Virginia gymnastics team retained its national floor and vault rankings in Monday's GymInfo poll despite a weekend loss to then-No. 24 N.C. State. The Mountaineers (2-3) are up one spot on floor this week and rank No. 18 (48.808). The team dropped four spots on vault to No. 22 (48.933).nn
WVC HONORS: Bluefield State's Roy Cooper has been named the West Virginia Conference men's basketball player of the week after guiding the Big Blues to back-to-back victories last week.
In a victory at Glenville State, Cooper poured in 22 points and had four steals in 29 minutes. Cooper followed that performance with a season-high 24 points in a win over Shepherd.Glenville State's Kenyell Goodson and Pitt Johnstown's Kaitlynn Fratz have earned co-conference women's basketball honors.
Goodson led the Pioneers to a 2-0 week and has helped guide the team to an 11-1 record in league play. In just 23 minutes of work against Fairmont State, Goodson netted 19 points. Against Bluefield State, Goodson accounted for 21 points.Fratz guided the Cats to a 2-0 week, helping push the team into fifth place in the league standings. In a road win against West Virginia State, Fratz tied her career high with a 34-point effort. Against West Virginia Wesleyan, Fratz produced a 24-point performance.nn
SOFTBALL TRYOUT: The West Virginia Enforcers 10-and-under travel fast-pitch softball team will have tryouts on Feb. 10. For more information, call Shane Carter at (304) 840-1218.