Xavier Humphrey, Charleston (W. Va.) hold down W. Liberty, wins MEC title
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston (W. Va.)'s Xavier Humphrey's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left lifted the Golden Eagles to the 2014 Mountain East Conference tournament championship with a 63-60 win against No. 3 West Liberty on Sunday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center.
UC (21-8) was led by Mountain East Conference tournament most outstanding player Fred Simpson, who finished the game with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Denzel Douglas had 16 points, and Xavier Humphrey had 14 points and seven rebounds. Humphrey was also named to the MEC All-Tournament team.
C.J. Hester and Shawn Dyer each had 14 points to lead West Liberty (26-3), which was held to its lowest point total in the Jim Crutchfield era.
Charleston shot 56 percent in the second half as it rallied from a seven-point deficit at the break. Holding a four-point lead with 3:13 to go, back-to-back baskets from Dyer and Hester tied the game up at 58-58, and the teams exchanged made free throws to tie it at 60-60 with 54 seconds to go.
On WLU's possession, Dyer drove to the middle but lost the handle giving Charleston the ball, setting the stage for Humphrey's game winner with 16 seconds left. Dyer's attempt from the top of the key wouldn't go down as UC celebrated the first MEC tournament championship.
No. 2 East Stroudsburg 92, West Chester 80
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Sophomore guard Jamal Nwaniemeka scored 27 points to earn most outstanding player honors as East Stroudsburg completed a three-game run to its second PSAC championship in three years with a 92-80 win against West Chester on Sunday afternoon at Koehler Fieldhouse.
ESU (28-1) earns the PSAC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will play in the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years (2010, '12, '13, '14) after advancing just once (1990) previously in school history.
Nwaniemeka had a career-high 19 points, junior All-America guard Whis Grant scored 19 points and freshman forward Rasheed Moore had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who weathered a West Chester run to open the second half before building an 18-point lead (73-55) with less than eight minutes left.
The Warriors improve to 3-0 in PSAC championship games, winning in 1990 (108-102 in double overtime versus Millersville), 2012 (90-85 at West Chester) and '14.