West Liberty Takes Home WVIAC Tournament Title - Mar 5, 2012
For the second consecutive season, West Liberty won the WVIAC Tournament Championship. The top-seeded Hilltoppers recorded a 93-90 overtime victory over No. 2 Charleston. In the first half, Tim Hausfeld's jumper with 13:26 to play gave the Hilltoppers a 17-12 advantage. The designated home team increased the margin to seven with 8:19 to go when Keene Cockburn buried a three-point shot from the wing. With the score 32-25 in favor of West Liberty, PJ Reyes put in a tip-in to cut the lead to five. At the 5:31 mark, Xavier Humphrey canned a three-point shot to knot the score at 34. Cockburn answered with a runner in the lane only to have Reyes hit a lay-up with 4:30 to go. The teams traded buckets for the next three minutes. With 1:02 to go before half, Reyes drilled a three-point shot to put the Golden Eagles up 43-41. Alex Falk answered with a lay-up, but UC's Brandon Ross hit a shot with 26 ticks remaining to give the Golden Eagles a 45-43 lead at halftime. In the second half, the teams battled back and forth. UC held or shared the lead from the 19:11 mark until 9:57 to play. From that point forward, neither team would lead by more than three in regulation. With WLU leading 77-75 at the 1:46 mark, Reyes slammed home a dunk. He converted a foul shot for the three-point play and to give UC a 78-77 lead. A tip-in with 28 seconds to play by Marco Richardson gave the Golden Eagles a three-point advantage. After a timeout by the Hilltoppers, Hausfeld stepped up and buried a huge three to knot the game at 80 with eight seconds to play. Richardson missed a shot at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime. Eladio Espinosa began the overtime period with a shot in the paint. Hausfeld answered with a 30-foot three-point bucket to give the Hilltoppers an 83-82 lead. UC pushed the margin to four at 90-86 with 2:00 to play, but Hausfeld canned three consecutive foul shots to pull the victors within one with 1:27 to go. Falk's lay-up gave WLU a lead for good. Cedric Harris canned two free throws for a 93-90 advantage. Reyes got a shot off that hit the rim but was unable to force a second overtime. For the game, WLU was led by Alex Falk. He notched 24 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. C.J. Hester netted 18 points while Cedric Harris had 15 points and seven assists. Hausfeld connected for 14 points while registering four assists. The Golden Eagles were guided by PJ Reyes' game-high 33 points and 10-rebound effort. Evan Faulkner tallied 12 points while Marco Richardson had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists. Marcus Knott recorded a game-high eight assists. He and Faulkner each had three steals. The Hilltoppers drained 43.1 percent of their attempts while UC hit 40.8 percent of its shots from the floor. UC connected on 25-of-31 from the charity stripe while WLU made 20-of-23.
Courtesy of WVIAC
WVIAC Tournament Final: West Liberty - Charleston 93-90 WVIAC Tournament Semifinals: West Virginia Wesleyan - West Liberty 77-87 Concord - Charleston 80-89
All-WVIAC 1st Team 2011-2012
Player of the Year:P.J. Reyes (6'5''-G/F) of Charleston Un. All-Tournament MVP:Alex Falk (6'3''-G) of W.Liberty St. Freshman of the Year:C.J. Hester (6'4''-G) of W.Liberty St. Sportsmanship Award:Alex Falk (6'3''-G) of W.Liberty St. Coach of the Year:Jim Crutchfield of W.Liberty St.
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