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West Liberty leads both races in Mountain East basketball

By Staff | Jan 15, 2016

Perennial power West Liberty rides atop the NCAA Division II national polls and remains undefeated after an, 88-86, win at home against once-beaten Fairmont. The Hilltoppers are off to a 13-0 start with six of those wins coming against Mountain East Conference foes.

Fairmont’s only loss was the two-point road verdict just recently at West Liberty. The Fighting Falcons are 12-1 in all their games and 6-1 in conference outings. Once-beaten Wheeling Jesuit is riding a 13-1 overall record and is tied with Fairmont for the second spot in the league with a 6-1 mark.

All of the other nine Mountain East members have at least three losses within the league.

Concord and West Virginia Wesleyan are both 4-3 in conference games and both are 9-4 overall.

Glenville currently rests in sixth place in the 12-team circuit with its 3-3 conference record. The Pioneers are only 6-7 overall.

Shepherd, Notre Dame and Charleston are all 3-4 in conference games. Notre Dame is 9-4 overall, while Shepherd is 8-5 and Charleston 6-7 in games played through Sunday, Jan. 10.

The last three teams in the league standings are West Virginia State (at 2-5), Virginia-Wise (at 1-6) and Urbana (0-7).

West Liberty’s women’s team is an undefeated 7-0 in Mountain East Conference games and a stellar 12-1 overall.

Wheeling Jesuit resides in second place with its 6-1 league record and has an 11-2 overall record. Glenville is back near the top of the standings after a year of plodding along in the middle of the standings in 2014-15. The Pioneers are 5-2 in the Mountain East and 9-4 overall.

Teams with 4-3 conference records are Fairmont, Notre Dame and Urbana. The Fighting Falcons are 10-3 overall with Notre Dame showing a 7-6 record and Urbana a 5-6 overall mark.

Shepherd is 3-4 in its seven league games, the same record as West Virginia State. The Rams are only 4-9 overall, while the Yellowjackets are 6-7.

Already laden with five losses are Virginia-Wise, Concord and Charleston. All three are 2-5 in conference games, but Virginia-Wise is 6-5 overall, Charleston is only 4-9 and Concord is 3-9.

Winless (in its seven league outings) is West Virginia Wesleyan at 0-7 in the Mountain East and 1-9 overall.

Shepherd and West Liberty both represented the Mountain East in last season’s NCAA Division II Regional playoffs as part of the national tournament.