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Photo gallery: Martinsburg gets defensive against Bridgeport, secures spot in Class AAA final

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Class AAA No. 2 Bulldogs improved to 12-1 with a 21-0 victory over previously unbeaten No. 3 Bridgeport.

(Photos by Joe Signorelli/Ben Queen Photography)

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WVU seeks sixth win, bowl eligibility in regular season finale at Kansas

A season’s worth of work is on the line Saturday night for West Virginia at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Mountaineers face Kansas at 7 p.m. needing a win to become bowl eligible and finish the regular season at the .500 mark. A loss would leave West Virginia (5-6, 3-5) with its second 5-7 campaign in three seasons under head coach Neal Brown.

The Jayhawks (2-9, 1-7) are assured of a last-place finish in the Big 12 Conference in Lance Leipold’s first year as head coach after Texas’ 22-17 win over Kansas State on Friday.

But Kansas enters its final game off two of its better performances this season, having won at the Longhorns 57-56 in overtime, before suffering a 31-28 loss to TCU in its final road contest last weekend.

“It’s a huge game for us on the road. Kansas is playing their best football,” Brown said. “I have a lot of respect for coach Leipold even before getting to Kansas. We played them when he was at Buffalo. Schematically, they’re very good in all three phases. They’re great talent evaluators and schematically, they do a really good job and their kids always play extremely hard.”

A big factor in the Jayhawks’ improvement is the play of quarterback Jalon Daniels. The 6-foot, 203-pound sophomore signal caller completed 43-of-60 passes for 457 yards with five touchdowns and one interception against Texas and TCU. Daniels also rushed for 82 yards and two scores over the two games.

Tailback Devin Neal leads the Jayhawks with 707 rushing yards and eight TDs, but may miss the season finale with an injury suffered in the second quarter against TCU. Leipold announced earlier in the week Neal would be doubtful to questionable for Saturday’s contest.

If Neal can’t go, Jason Bean, who got the bulk of the snaps at quarterback before November, would be the Jayhawks’ top rusher with 402 yards.

Wide receiver Kwamie Lassiter is a perimeter threat the Mountaineers will have to be aware of throughout. Lassiter has 52 receptions for 608 yards and three scores.

“Offensively, they stress you and that’s the best explanation,” Brown said. “They do a really good job with shifting and motion. They shift and motion pre-snap even more so than Iowa State. They want to get you confused.

“I would give two main reasons why they’re playing their best football. I put it on Lance and his staff, because you can see the things they emphasize and week in and week out, they’re starting to show up more. So a high level of buy-in and they’re doing a great job motivating them. The second thing is Jalon Daniels. He’s been electric the last two weeks. He made play after play versus Texas and TCU. You can tell he’s confident and he’s changed the demeanor of the football team.”

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown looks on from the sideline during the second quarter against the Long Island Sharks at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Brown says the Mountaineers must also be aware of KU taking chances at any point regardless of field position.

“They’re capable of doing a lot of things. They’ve used tricks. They’re going to be aggressive and go for it on fourth down,” he said. “That’s something they just believe in.”

While the Jayhawks have been far more competitive of late, they’ve had their share of defensive struggles, allowing at least 31 points in every game save for a season-opening 17-14 win over South Dakota. KU is surrendering 7.3 yards per play and gives a lot of zone coverage looks with a youthful secondary, while generally utilizing a 4-3 or 4-2-5 alignment.

Safety Kenny Logan is a standout and leads the unit with 99 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception.

West Virginia has to like its chances moving the ball so long as it can protect quarterback Jarret Doege and create running room for tailback Leddie Brown.

Doege is coming off a strong performance in a 31-23 win over Texas, one that earned him Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. The senior completed 27-of-43 throws for 290 yards with three touchdowns. He enters with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, having completed better than 65 percent of his throws for 2,738 yards.

“He played extremely well and I thought he was on point and didn’t have the critical error that sometimes cost us,” Neal Brown said. “He made some big-time throws, especially in the first half.”

Leddie Brown, who has feasted on the Jayhawks throughout his career, is 91 yards short of 1,000 rushing yards for the season. The Philadelphia native is averaging a respectable 4.5 yards per carry and has scored 12 times on the ground.

West Virginia has gotten quality production from its wideouts for much of the season. Five have better than 300 yards in receptions, while six are over 150 yards with the emergence of true freshman Kaden Prather in recent weeks.

Winston Wright leads the group with 57 catches and 643 yards.

A big reason for the Mountaineers’ offensive output last week was converting 12-of-20 third downs, something that could carry over against a Jayhawks’ defense allowing opponents to move the chains on better than 56 percent of third downs.

“That was a point of emphasis we focused on last week,” Wright said. “All week in practice we worked on what looks we would get on third downs and we were successful.

“We knew they were going to man-to-man us on third downs and we practiced our man beaters. Everybody beat their man and it was kind of easy on the quarterback to complete the pass.”

Linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo leads the WVU defense with 96 tackles and Saturday will mark his final regular season game.

Veteran safeties Sean Mahone (71 tackles) and Alonzo Addae (64) are the team’s second and third-leading tacklers, and Mahone helped preserve the win over the Longhorns with a late interception.

The defensive line has been a strength of West Virginia’s for much of the season, with Akheem Mesidor, Dante Stills and Taijh Alston leading the unit.

West Virginia leads the all-time series with Kansas 9-1, including victories in eight of nine matchups since joining the Big 12. The Mountaineers have won seven straight in the series, averaging 41.5 points over that time.

However, WVU is 1-4 on the road this season and 1-8 on the road since 2020.

“We have to stack some games and play consistent football more so than just in a one-game period,” Neal Brown said. “We need to do it back-to-back and we need to do it on the road.”

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Hill Top House Hotel takes big first steps from $150 million concept to reality

Harpers Ferry Mayor Greg Vaughn is looking forward to watching the resurrection of a $150 million hotel that has been discussed for a decade.

“I’m looking forward to the first truckload of debris leaving that site. I think many, any other people are also looking for that to happen. I think that will be a positive step and hopefully things move along productively and this becomes reality in a year and a half or two years when somebody can cut the ribbon up there,” Vaughn said.

The Hill Top House Hotel, a centerpiece of discussion for years, has a more clear path forward with this month’s announcement that the developers have chosen a company to oversee construction and redevelopment.

JLL Hotels & Hospitality Project and Development Services has been selected to spearhead the project atop a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The hotel is expected to open in mid-2024.

Harpers Ferry is a beautiful location, just a short drive for travelers from Washington, D.C., who want to enjoy the accompanying national historical park or a hike along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The area also brims with history as the site of abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the United States arsenal prior to the Civil War.

But an attraction the area has been lacking, Vaughn noted, is a hotel worthy of those attributes.

“We’re one of the smallest municipalities in the state of West Virginia,” he said. “But obviously we’re probably the most visited tourist destination in the state, where our population expands to tens of thousands during the week. But having that hotel there and the tax base from the hotel will be a tremendous opportunity for this very historic town to take on some projects that we have deferred for decades because of lack of funding.

“So this is important for the community, not only financially, but also the prospect of where the location of the hotel is to be enhanced for visitors and those that may choose to stay at that wonderful site. So I am really anxious for this to get underway.”

Hill Top House Hotel will be developed as one of West Virginia’s Tourism Development Districts. That initiative, passed in 2020, enables the state Development Office to help small towns with big tourism projects.

The Hill Top House Hotel, a $150-million destination in the historic gateway to West Virginia, is the first of five allowed districts.

“Thank you to the state of West Virginia for being so forward thinking,” said Karen Schaufeld, who is leading redevelopment of the hotel property along with her husband, Fred, and their SWaN Investors company.

The hotel will be operated by Evolution Hospitality, and José Andrés’ Think Food Group will steer the food and beverage program.

The mayor credited the Schaufelds for their vision and sustained interest.

“I feel very comfortable knowing how historically-minded and knowing how community-minded both of them are for Harpers Ferry,” Vaughn said.

Hill Top House was built in 1888, opened by Thomas S. Lovett, an African American entrepreneur who was born in slaveholding Virginia five years before the start of the Civil War.

The hotel burned down twice and reopened twice and continued until 2007 when the current ownership group, SWaN Investors, bought it and closed it because of poor structural integrity.

In 2009, the SWaN investors announced intention of rebuilding and reopening the hotel.

For years after that, the project progressed only on paper.

“This has been languishing. I just think it’s time to move beyond the divisiveness in this community and move this project forward,” Vaughn said.

A major obstacle was the streets around the hotel. The developers propose using not only the land where the hotel now sits but surrounding properties also under their ownership too. Doing so would make the development a cohesive hospitality destination.

But because Hill Top House is in a residential area, the streets surrounding it are public property.

“The biggest step is that we came to agreement with the town to buy the streets on our property,” Karen Schaufeld said.

Another issue was the scenic overlook, which has been a valued public space even for people who might not stay at the hotel. The developers have agreed to maintain public access to the sweeping view.

“It’s almost like you’re holding something in trust for the public. That’s always been part of our plan,” Schaufeld said this week on MetroNews’ “Talkline.”

Karen Schaufeld and her husband, Fred, are reconstructing the Hilltop Hotel House in Harpers Ferry. Are they at the point where they can deconstruct what is left and begin reconstruction? She explains it all to @HoppyKercheval. WATCH: https://t.co/yCFQ3nDJuy pic.twitter.com/a6zXoc3xsw

— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) November 22, 2021

The hotel has fallen into disrepair, but the Schaufelds intend to use some of the materials that are left while also reflecting its history as it is refurbished.

Vaughn referred to stones that have been gathered from a wall surrounding the hotel. “They’re going to repurpose those stones and put them right back in a similar location,” he said.

Additional recovered materials, Schaufeld said, include mirrors that were used by brides, an old piano and old furniture. Additionally, photos of the exterior from about 1914 will help recreate the early look of the hotel.

“This is such a compelling project and we’re so passionate about it. Harpers Ferry is where history happened,” Schaufeld said.

“Anything worth doing is often hard. For us it was compelling. And we believed it would be compelling for a lot of people.”

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1 dead in hit-and-run crash near Parkersburg City Park

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — One person is dead following a Friday night hit and run crash in Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Police say the person was hit on 16th Street and Park Avenue by Parkersburg City Park. It happened at 6:47 p.m.

The name of the person killed has not been released.

Police are looking for a suspect.

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Shoppers encouraged to support fire-impacted downtown Buckhannon this Small Business Saturday

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Small Business Saturday will look much different this year in downtown Buckhannon where four businesses and eight apartments caught fire last month.

Laura Meadows

The fire destroyed a historic structure Oct. 5.

Laura Meadows, executive director of the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said even though it has created an eyesore, they’re encouraging people to shop local during a time when businesses in the area need the extra boost.

“We need to be out there for the ones that are still on Main Street and hopefully find some ways for those people who lost their shops to find another spot in our downtown,” Meadows said.

Backhannon Mayor Robbie Skinner previously told MetroNews it appeared to be an accidental fire traced to old wiring in the attic. The structure was among the oldest in the city. Meadows said the area is always vibrant.

“We always have been pretty proud that whenever one storefront is empty, it’s not empty for very long because our Main Street is so iconic and well known throughout the state, so when the fire happened, it was a huge devastation,” Meadows said.

Karen Friel

Small Business Saturday has been around for 12 years and has gained in popularity over time.

“Each year it just seems like it’s getting bigger and bigger,” said Karen Friel, West Virginia district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Since 2011, the SBA has co-sponsored the nationwide event.

Friel said small businesses play an essential role in helping the local economy.

“They are the life blood of our communities. They create jobs, they boost our economy and enrich our neighborhoods, so it’s so essential that we all make an impact,” Friel said.

Meadows said local stores and restaurants offer a “special charm” that large retailers do not.

“It adds to the atmosphere,” she said.

With mass vaccinations, Meadows said people are more comfortable to enter small stores and support business owners who have been forced to close their doors several times over the last year and a half.

“I think people want to show their support and they want to spend their money to keep our downtown’s vibrant,” she said.

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Huntington handles Cabell Midland for spot in Class AAA title game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Huntington entered Friday’s Class AAA semifinal against No. 5 Cabell Midland unbeaten and as the top seed, with a four-point regular-season victory over the Knights on its resume.

Despite that, the Highlanders still had the mentality of an underdog in their matchup with a nearby rival at Bob Sang Stadium.

“All we heard after the regular season game is that a lot of the reason we won was because of the referees,” veteran Huntington head coach Billy Seals said.

Seals’ team left no doubt in their second matchup of the season with the Knights, getting three rushing touchdowns and two passing scores from dynamic quarterback Gavin Lochow, while controlling the line of scrimmage in a resounding 37-15 victory.

“We get a lot of credit for our speed and athleticism, but maybe more needs said about how physical we are,” Seals said. “We did a lot of good things up front on both sides of the ball.”

The win allows Huntington (13-0) to make its second trip to the Super Six, where it will face No. 2 Martinsburg (12-1) in next Saturday’s AAA title game at Wheeling Island Stadium. The Highlanders missed out on the postseason after a 3-6 finish in 2020.

“In the offseason we were working our butts off and I could tell we were going to be a lot better,” Lochow said. “Everyone was putting in the time.”

Cabell Midland (11-2) got off to its desired start, forcing a turnover on downs and scoring on its second play from scrimmage — Jackson Fetty’s 51-yard run — to hold a 7-0 lead 2:23 into the action.

But the Highlanders, who held a significant special teams edge throughout, answered quickly after starting at midfield. Lochow’s 35-yard pass to Amari Felder moved Huntington into the red zone and Lochow reached the end zone three plays later on an 8-yard run, allowing his team to knot the game at 7.

CMHS responded with an 11-play drive, but had nothing to show for it when quarterback Ryan Wolfe was brought down for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-6 from the Huntington 15.

Two plays later, HHS went on top for good when Lochow connected with speedster Noah Waynick for a 79-yard touchdown pass. Although the point-after kick was no good, the Highlanders led 13-7 with 2:03 left in the opening quarter.

“I felt like we played our worst game and didn’t execute and they played really well,” CMHS head coach Luke Salmons said. “A bad night to play bad. It just wasn’t a great game for us anywhere.”

Huntington’s defense, which has not allowed more than 21 points in a game this season, forced another turnover on downs on the Knights’ ensuing series, giving the Highlanders the ball back at their 30.

The Highlanders put together a 70-yard drive capped by Lochow’s 26-yard touchdown pass to freshman Zah Zah Jackson, leaving themselves with a 20-7 lead 6:22 before halftime.

“You can never have enough playmakers,” Seals said. “We have plenty of those.”

The Knights fumbled late in the opening half and Tyrees Smith’s recovery allowed Huntington to get the ball back on its 35 with 1:43 remaining.

Lochow connected with Waynick for 20 yards and Scout Arthur for 18 to set up a 34-yard field goal from Jonathan Aya-Ay that allowed Huntington to lead 23-7 at halftime.

But just as it did on its first series of the game, Cabell Midland put together a strong drive to start the second half, needing eight runs to cover 63 yards and scoring its second touchdown on Wolfe’s 19-yard scamper.

Wolfe then threw a 2-point pass to Chandler Schmidt, bringing the Knights to within 23-15 at the 8:29 mark of the third quarter.

A 15-yard penalty on the touchdown, combined with NaKyin Harrell’s kickoff return, allowed the Highlanders to start their first possession of the second half at the CM 45.

Four plays later, Huntington regained its two possession lead when Lochow broke outside for a 23-yard touchdown run to make it 30-15.

“I felt like we had some momentum, but we fumbled the ball around and did some uncharacteristic things,” Salmons said.

Wolfe’s incomplete pass on fourth-and-12 from just outside the Huntington 30 on the first play of the fourth quarter allowed the Highlanders to regain possession, and although they didn’t produce points, a 51-yard punt helped flip the field and put the Knights at their own 8 with 10 minutes remaining.

Three CMHS runs didn’t lead to anything, forcing the Knights to punt out of their end zone.

Starting on the Midland 27 with 7:31 remaining, Lochow covered that distance on the first play with his third TD run, giving Huntington a 37-15 lead.

The Knights had a chance to draw closer on what proved to be their final series, but Wolfe fumbled on the Huntington 1 and Jordan Price recovered to seal the verdict.

“A lot of veteran guys have played a lot of snaps for us,” Seals said. “I couldn’t be happier for our kids, coaching staff and the community of Huntington. We’ll enjoy this for 24 hours and sounds like we have to get to work on Martinsburg. Lucky us, huh?”

Lochow completed 10-of-17 passes for 226 yards, with Waynick hauling in four of the receptions for a game-high 116 receiving yards.

“We definitely felt like underdogs,” Lochow said. “The way all the state was viewing us and saying they don’t know how we beat them, all that really pushed us and motivated us this week.”

Fetty (24 carries, 135 yards) and Wolfe (19-126) each surpassed 100 yards in the season-ending setback.

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Martinsburg shuts out Bridgeport; wins 20th consecutive playoff game

— Story by Taylor Kennedy

The Martinsburg Bulldogs blanked Bridgeport 21-0 to advance to the state championship game for the fourth time in six years. It is the second time this season that the Bulldogs have shut out their opponent.

Tonight’s meeting between Martinsburg and Bridgeport was fourth all-time meeting between the two, and it was the third meeting in the playoffs.

“I don’t think we could have played much better upfront defensively,” second-year Martinsburg head coach Britt Sherman said. “The guys did a good job at controlling the line, which did not allow Bridgeport to get going.”

Bulldogs signal caller Ezra Bagant went 16-for-20 for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant connected with four different receivers. Hudson Clement filled the stat sheet with seven receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns. 

Sherman saw how well his offense responded at Bridgeport was trying to do schematically.

“Working the ball down the field,” Sherman noted. “We took what they gave us, and we moved the ball down the field. Just getting those drives and finishing them.”

Martinsburg has poured in 139 total points through the first three games. What is even more impressive is the Bulldogs holding its playoff opponents to 28 total points. Sherman wants to see his defense continue to perform at a high rate.

“After the last regular-season game against Spring Valley, I thought we found ourselves and focused on what we needed to do,” Sherman stated. “The defensive coaches did a great job of focusing in and figuring out what we needed to do to get better. It has shown with the results the last couple of weeks.”

The Indians’ Landyn Reppert led the way for Bridgeport. Reppert ran 24 times for 118 yards. He accounted for 62 percent of the team’s rushing total. The Indians finished the game with 192 total rushing yards.

Martinsburg and Huntington will meet for the first time since 2013 when the Bulldogs defeated the Highlanders in the state championship game, 9-7.

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Fairmont Senior routs Poca 41-7 to return to the Super Six

POCA, W.Va. — Fairmont Senior jumped out to a 21-0 lead and cruised to a 41-7 win at Poca in the Class AA semifinals. The No. 16 Polar Bears (8-4) will face No. 2 Independence (11-0) in the championship game December 3 at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Germaine Lewis scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first quarter covering three and eleven yards, giving the Bears a 14-0 lead. In the second quarter, Dom Stingo connected with Kayson Nealy on a 35-yard strike to extend the lead to 21-0.

“The defense did a good job to get us in a good place to start. The offense was able to get us off to a good start,” said Fairmont Senior head coach Nick Bartic. “Anytime you can get a good start in games like these, that is important.”

Poca answered midway through the second quarter when Brandon Moore scored on an eight-yard touchdown tote. The Dots trailed 21-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Stingo accounted for two more touchdowns on a twelve-yard run and a 25-yard pass to Nealy.

“The play of Dom Stingo, you can’t say enough about that with what he has done with this run in the playoffs. Our offensive coaches say he looks like a man possessed out there. I have to agree with them. That has gone a long way in feeding everybody’s else play on offense.”

Landen Tasker’s 35-yard touchdown run capped the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Fairmont Senior was the last team into the Class AA field but they are seeking their third title in the last four seasons.

“These guys are something. They are a unique bunch. It makes sense that they would do something unique.

“All season when we were in questionable position because of injuries or COVID, we knew we had a shot to get in there. We put it together. Even in the middle of it, we told our guys, ‘Don’t count out the Bears’. We got our opportunity and they made the most of it.”

Fairmont Senior defeated Independence in the quarterfinal round in 2020.

“Last year after we played them in the quarterfinal, the way-too-early polls that come out, they were our pick as a team to watch out for. We aren’t surprised that Independence is who we have to prepare for.”

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WVU rallies past Eastern Kentucky, 80-77

— Game story by Daniel Woods

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Facing a stiff challenge in its return to the Coliseum, the West Virginia men’s basketball team escaped an upset bid from a game Eastern Kentucky team, 80-77 on Friday night.

The visiting Colonels opened the contest on a 12-2 run behind a perfect 4-for-4 start from behind the three-point line, including two triples from Marshall transfer Jannson Williams. He led EKU with 22 points on the night.

An 8-2 run from West Virginia cut the lead down to just four with five minutes played but the hot shooting continued for the visitors as Eastern Kentucky guards sliced through the Mountaineer pressure to spark a 9-2 spurt of their own.

Coming down the stretch in the first half, the EKU lead stayed at a consistent distance, peaking at 12 with 10:16 to go before halftime. However, an 18-5 run for the Mountaineers over the next eight minutes gave WVU its first lead of the game, punctuated by a Sherman three for a 36-35 lead.

With the Coliseum on its feet, the Colonels silenced the crowd going into the locker room, scoring six of the final eight points before the break. 

As Sherman and Williams continued to trade buckets on each end to start the second half, the energy picked up for the hosts with Kedrian Johnson, Gabe Osabuohien and Pauly Paulicap sparking the defensive effort. 

Getting his most extensive playing time of the season, Paulicap pitched in a much needed 5 points and 5 rebounds while bringing the building to its feet with a thunderous second half block shortly after Sherman put the Mountaineers back in front with a trio of free throws.

While EKU maintained a narrow lead for the majority of the second half, West Virginia stayed within striking distance the continued perimeter scoring of Sherman and physical play on the offensive glass from Osabuohien, Paulicap and Dimon Carrigan.

With six minutes to play and Eastern Kentucky clutching on to a 67-66 lead, Carrigan walled up when switched onto Colonels’ guard Braxton Beverly while Malik Curry picked the North Carolina State transfer’s pocket from behind and went in uncontested for a layup to put the Mountaineers back ahead, 68-67.

Moments later, Michael Moreno answered with EKU’s 13th three-point make of the night to flip the momentum back in his team’s favor.

It didn’t stay there long.

On the very next possession, Sherman buried a three-ball of his own from the left wing to regain the advantage. After Devontae Blanton tied things up from the charity stripe, the ball went right back to the senior from Missouri City, Texas who attacked along the right baseline, got Williams into the air with a pump fake and knocked down the short jumper for the old-fashioned three-point play and the lead.

Despite a missed free throw, Osabuohien hauled in the offensive board and with the shot clock winding down, Curry banked in a clutch jumper from the left elbow to give West Virginia its largest lead to that point at 75-71.

After another tough bucket from the Old Dominion transfer, Moreno went to work in the post to cut the lead to three before WVU coach Bob Huggins used his second timeout. Facing the Eastern Kentucky pressure defense, the Mountaineers turned it over with a ten-second violation but a Blanton three fell wide of the mark. 

Following another WVU timeout, Curry sliced through the lane and finished a scoop layup on the left side to put West Virginia back ahead by five. Beverly missed from three and could not finish inside after a Williams rebound to answer.

With under 30 seconds to play, Sherman pushed the ball up the floor before being intentionally fouled, sinking one of two to set WVU’s final mark at 80 before a Russhard Cruickshank triple at the horn brought EKU up to 77.

Sherman wrapped up the night setting a new career-high with 28 points, including four three-pointers. Curry pitched in a season and WVU career-high 16 on 6-8 from the floor. Williams led Eastern Kentucky with 22 points and seven rebounds while Beverly and Moreno each put in 12.

With a new top number in his third year at WVU, Sherman said he knows this diverse offensive game has always been there and was just waiting for an opportunity like this to come out.

“When I first got here most of my stuff was catch-and-shoots because we had playmakers that could get me the ball, so I was always in a catch-and-shoot situation,” Sherman said. “But now I know a lot of people are trying to run me off the line. 

“I have this mid-range game, this post game that I like getting into. I like getting to the line. That’s how you get yourself going.”

Coming from a situation at Old Dominion where he was relied on to score, Huggins figured Curry would be able to step up in moments like these.

“When I talked to (Old Dominion head coach) Jeff (Jones), Jeff said he makes big plays and he’s made some big plays for us,” Huggins said. “He made some big plays for us today — that’s for sure.”

The Mountaineers finished a tough shooting night just 5-23 from three-point land but converted 21 points on 19 offensive rebounds. Eastern Kentucky continued its form of quality marksmanship under Marshall grad A.W. Hamilton, sinking 14 from behind the arc out of its 27 made field goals.

West Virginia moves to 5-1 on the season and returns to the Coliseum for the second of a five-game homestand on Tuesday against Bellarmine.

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Williamstown powers past Doddridge, 43-0 in the Class A semifinals

WEST UNION, W.Va. — No. 6 Williamstown (11-2) defeated No. 2 Doddridge County (11-2), 43-0 in the Class A semifinals. The Yellowjackets will face the winner of Saturday’s Ritchie County-Wheeling Central Catholic contest in the Super Six.

(Highlights by Teran Malone, Photo gallery courtesy of Ben Queen/www.BenQueenPhotography.com)

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