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WJU Men Hammer Cavs to Advance to Quarters

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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. 

Three 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."