Charleston tops Pitt-Johnstown
Reyes scores 20 points to lead Golden Eagles to next round
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No. 22 Charleston (W.Va.) took care of its possessions and made shots when they were needed to drop Pitt-Johnstown 77-66 in second-round action of the WVIAC Tournament. The win was the 12th consecutive for the Golden Eagles.
Pitt-Johnstown outshot the Golden Eagles in the opening half, but Charleston forced turnovers that made the difference as Charleston climbed to a 42-32 advantage going into the break. Pitt-Johnstown struggled with the physical play inside with 10 first-half turnovers.
Conference Player of the Year Paul Reyes scored 14 points in the second half. Reyes had 20 points for the game.
UPJ was unable to make any headway into the Golden Eagle lead in the second half as Reyes and crew hit 15-of-41 attempts and held the outside comeback efforts of the Mountain Cats to just 38 percent.
Reyes led all scorers, followed by a 14-point effort from Evan Faulkner. Xavier Humphrey continued to log strong minutes off the bench with 10 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.