A season team high night of shooting from sophomore guard Eric Siefert and 61% shooting from the field gave the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals the lift they needed to earn a Mountain East Conference win at home on Thursday over the University of Urbana, 90 - 75.
The Cardinals move back to .500 on the season at 8-8 (6-7 MEC) and grab their second win in a row after a string of tight loses, including an overtime thriller against rival West Liberty.
Siefert could hardly miss on the night, tallying 33 points by going 7-10 from the three-point line. No other Cardinals have scored more points in a game this year. 20 of those points came in the first half alone when he came out of the gates and shot 4-6 on threes in the first few minutes of the game.
Also shooting lights-out for the Cardinals was freshman Kyle Ritz who was a monster all night, scoring16 points on a perfect 6-6 from the field, and collecting a team high 11 rebounds in the process.
The always-reliable Justin Fritts added some big numbers to accompany his Academic All-Region accolades today, putting up 19 points and eight assists. All told, the Cardinals had five players in double figures, with Andre Harris and Chase Lawson rounding out the prolific scorers.
"It was a good win. To get two straight, we needed that," said WJU head coach Danny Sancomb. "We played hard. We did some good things. We shared the ball well in the first half with 15 assists, distributed very well, and we took open shots. We shot 60% in the first half, so I was happy with that."
Coach Sancomb's Cardinals return to the court on Saturday where they will honor the lone senior on the team, Andre Harris, on Senior Day at WJU before squaring off against the Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State.