Wheeling Jesuit men win first MEC tourney title

  • In its fifth season of existence, the Mountain East Conference has its fifth different men’s basketball tournament champion.

    Wheeling Jesuit went on a 9-2 run over a three-minute span late in the second half to salt away an 80-65 victory over No. 5 Charleston in the tourney championship on Sunday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center, marking the third time the second seed has won the title.

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    “I said all week that we have a good team,Authentic Travis Frederick Jersey,” Wheeling Jesuit coach Danny Sancomb said. “I’m so proud of the guys.”

    The Golden Eagles (18-13), winners of the inaugural MEC Tournament in 2014,womens Cole Beasley Jersey, scored the first four points. When Brent Pegram hit the second of his record-setting five 3-pointers to give Wheeling Jesuit a 6-4 lead, the Cardinals didn’t trail again.

    “It takes the right player to play in our program,” Sancomb said. “Guys like Brent had to come in at 6 in the morning to hear me yell and scream and running wind sprints.”

    Pegram was 5-of-7 from 3-point range tying him with Notre Dame’s Tyree Gaiter for the most 3-pointers in the MEC title game. Gaiter had five against Concord in 2016.

    Pegram, a freshman from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, joined teammates Haywood Highsmith and Preston Boswell as players who didn’t leave the court.

    He averaged 22.1 minutes per game in the regular season. On Sunday, Pegram (29) and Highsmith (31) combined for 60 points as their team’s only double-figure scorers.

    Wheeling Jesuit played the tournament without first-team all-MEC player Pat Moseh, and guard Drake Goddard, went down hard with 11:53 remaining,womens Nolan Carroll Jersey, who averaged 22.9 minutes per game,womens Dak Prescott Jersey, hitting his head on the floor.

    Coach Sancomb was unsure of his condition,womens Jason Witten Jersey, but Goddard was helped off the floor slowly by a trainer and teammate Ryan Cooper.

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    “I think they were more physical today,Authentic Cole Beasley Jersey,Authentic Sean Lee Jersey,” Charleston coach Dwaine Osborne said. “They were quicker to the ball and I thought they absolutely dominated the glass. How do you identify toughness?

    “People think about it as physical toughness, but it’s more than that: there’s mental toughness and you look at your ability to execute,womens Sean Lee Jersey, handle your emotions … those are toughness things … your ability to do what is asked of you and do it well. I don’t think we were very tough today, handle pressure, including myself.”

    The Golden Eagles were led by Keir Anderson (18 points), and Seth O’Neal (12)., Austin Howard (14)

    Highsmith had his 28th double-double of the season, adding 11 rebounds to his game-high scoring total.