Concord, Notre Dame join Falcons, West Liberty at top
SHEPHERDSTOWN — After losing its first two games to dynamic teams, Fairmont reeled off eight-straight wins, including a 106-104 victory at home versus West Liberty. Despite a thudding, 83-64, loss to Indiana (Pa.), the Falcons lead the Mountain East Conference at Christmas time with a 6-0 league mark.
Winners of seven-straight, Concord is 5-1 in its conference games and 9-2 overall. West Liberty has two losses just before Christmas for the first time in years, but is 5-1 in the league and now 7-2 overall.
Notre Dame sports an 8-3 overall record in the men’s standings and is in the top four for now with a 4-2 league record. The overall record stands at 8-3.
Winners of all four of its non-conference games, Charleston is 7-3 overall, but just 3-3 in the its MEC games.
Not counting its game this week against Holy Family of Philadelphia, Shepherd is 6-3 overall, and 3-3 in the league.
Another team with a break-even 3-3 league mark is Virginia-Wise. The Highland Cavaliers stand 5-5 overall.
Glenville, West Virginia State and West Virginia Wesleyan are all at 2-4 in league competition. Glenville has recorded wins in all four of its non-conference outings.
Urbana stands just above last place in the 12-school circuit because Wheeling Jesuit — in its first season with a new coach — is 0-10 overall. Urbana has a 1-5 MEC mark, while the last-place Cardinals are mired with a 0-6 record.
Every team plays a 22-game Mountain East Conference schedule that leads to the league tournament in Charleston.
With Wheeling Jesuit plummeting from the top tier of teams, Concord has quickly risen to take its place as a contender for both conference and Regional honors.
Fairmont and West Liberty are expected to remain among the leaders — as they both have been for years.
Shepherd and Virginia-Wise will be leaving the Mountain East Conference in the spring, with the Rams joining the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for the 2019-20 school year.