scored a career-high 31 points and West Liberty shot a blistering 61
percent from the floor as the unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Hilltoppers
sprinted away to a 108-83 victory against Urbana at the ASRC.
Liberty (7-0, 4-0) never trailed in coasting past the Blue Knights
(0-8, 0-4), foiling Urbana's strategy of forcing a slower pace with its
best shooting performance of the season.
actually did slow the game down," WLU coach Jim Crutchfield said.
"There were probably fewer possessions in this game than any game we've
played for a while.
key for us was how efficient we were on offense, especially in the
first half. Even with the limited possessions, we were still able to put
50 points on the board and take a 20-point halftime lead. It's awfully
hard to stick with that strategy when you're down 20."
Hilltoppers blistered the twine at a 70 percent clip (21-of-30) in the
opening half with Dyer canning all 5 of his shots from the floor –
including a pair of 3-pointers – while adding a couple of free throws to
enter the break with 14 points.
48-percent career 3-point shooter, Dyer had made just 2 of his last 11
3-point shots coming into Saturday's game but the 6-0 junior from
Marion, Ohio zeroed in early against the Blue Knights.
was good to see Shawn get back on track," Crutchfield said, "but it
certainly wasn't a surprise. Shawn knows and we know that he's one of
several guys who are capable of doing that on any given night. That's
one of our strengths as a team."
53-33 as the second half got under way, Urbana never seriously
threatened. The lead reached 37 points on several occasions midway
through the second half as West Liberty breezed to its 56th consecutive
home conference victory.
didn't lack for offensive support as Keene Cockburn added 16 points, 7
rebounds and 4 blocks while Seger Bonifant chipped in with a dozen
points and Devin Hoehn came off the bench with 10. Kelvin Goodwin had 9
points and 6 rebounds while Zak Kirkbride also finished with 9 points as
all 12 Hilltoppers hit the scoring column.
The Blue Knights – who used only seven players – had five double-figure scorers with Danny Goins' 25 points leading the way.
West Liberty will be off this week for semester exams and will close out the pre-holiday portion of its schedule on Dec. 17 when the Hilltoppers host Cedarville (Ohio) in a 7:30 p.m. game at the ASRC.