Mountain East Conference: Stunned! UC delivers knockout blow to West Liberty in semis
CHARLESTON, W.Va., (WCHS/WVAH) - In what is possibly the upset of the season, the University of Charleston (17-12, 12-10) knocked West Liberty (26-3, 20-2) out of the Mountain East Conference Tournament with a 95-93 win in overtime.
UC's Keir Anderson hit a three-pointer to the tie the game at 86-all, sending it into the extra time. Anderson quickly fouled out at the beginning of overtime, but forward Lamont McManus scored six of the team's nine total points to seal the win without the aid of their top senior.
The Hilltoppers at one point led by 24 points midway through the first half. The Golden Eagles whittled the lead to 11 by halftime. There on, the Golden Eagles shot better than 44 percent in the second half and connected on six of nine threes to complete the comeback by the end of regulation.
Wheeling Jesuit defeated Concord in the other half of the semi-final to earn a spot in the championship game.
UC and Wheeling Jesuit will play for the conference title, Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
The winner of the MEC earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament.