The Wheeling Jesuit men's hoops squad booked their ticket to the
MEC quarterfinals in Charleston with a dominant 105-82 demolition of the
Cavaliers from Virginia-Wise.
The Cardinals will now travel to the Charleston Civic Center on
Friday to face the Mountain East's No.2 team, the Charleston Golden Eagles
for a chance at advancing to the semi-finals.
different Cardinals combined for 82 of WJU's 105 points. Big
performances came in from senior Andre Harris on his last home outing
with 25 points, and MEC All-Conference selections Eric Siefert (25
points) and Justin Fritts who put in a season-best 32 points.
"We played very well offensively tonight. We moved
the ball well, screened well, penetrated well… it was a solid
performance," said WJU head coach Danny Sancomb. "Andre, Justin, and
Eric were very efficient tonight. We needed those three to come out and
be aggressive and they did just what we needed them to."
The Cardinals shot a scolding hot 61-percent from
the floor and 52-percent from behind the arc on a pristine shooting
display. Fritts and Siefert controlled the ball masterfully with 11
assists between the two, and kept the pace of the offense set to
fast-forward all night. Combined, the Cardinals gave out 26 assists and
scored 30 points off turnovers to keep UV-Wise running.
WJU now moves on to face Charleston, a team the
Cardinals have battled close in two losses so far this season. The Cards
are slated to play the first game of the day in the men's bracket on
Friday, with tipoff scheduled for noon at the Charleston Civic Center.
"I'm just happy for the guys to get this far.
They've worked hard and they deserve it," added Sancomb. "For a young
team like this to be able to go down there and play at that level, will
be very beneficial for our program."