Tag Archives: Men’s Basketball

Men’s basketball season ends at NCAA tournament

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer
 
After the surprise announcement at the end of last season that the legendary head coach Jim Crutchfield would not be returning to West Liberty for the 2017-18 season and that his assistant and former player Ben Howlett was set to take over, people had doubts about the program. Could West Liberty still be the basketball powerhouse it had been without the guidance of Crutchfield? 

Hilltoppers advance to Atlantic Region Tournament

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
The men’s basketball team will travel to Petersburg, Va. this weekend for their ninth straight NCAA Division II Tournament. The regional rankings came out this past Sunday night, and the Hilltoppers fell to the No. 4 seed in the tournament. 

Howlett’s Hilltoppers gear up for MEC Tournament

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer
 
After ending an incredible regular season on a low note with a home loss to rival Wheeling Jesuit, the West Liberty men’s basketball team is looking forward to postseason play, starting with the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament in Charleston, W. Va. this week.

Toppers gear up for high intensity game against Jesuit

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer
 
After three months and 25 games, the West Liberty men’s basketball team will end the regular season this week with a game on the road and a regular season finale this Saturday at home against a long-time rival. 

Toppers ready for week of key Mountain East match-ups 

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer
With the regular season quickly coming to a close and the Mountain East Conference (MEC) tournament in Charleston awaiting teams at the end of the month, every game becomes important for seeding in the tournament.
 
For West Liberty’s men’s basketball team, this is certainly the case as picking up both wins this week, one on the road and one at home, can guarantee the Toppers the MEC Regular Season Championship and a No. 1 seed come tournament time.

Toppers looking to build on two big wins last week

By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager
 
The No. 5 West Liberty University men’s basketball team will take on West Virginia State tonight at 7:30 p.m., followed by University of Charleston on Saturday. With two wins this weekend, WLU will extend its current winning streak to four games.

Toppers look to bounce back after upset road loss to FSU

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer
 
After a thrilling last-second road loss to Fairmont State, West Liberty men’s basketball team will look to rebound and maintain their top spot in the Mountain East Conference with a three-game homestand in the friendlier confines of the ASRC this week.

Men’s basketball seeks sixth straight win this weekend

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer
 
After a quick delay in the season for Thanksgiving break, Ben Howlett and his Running Hilltoppers are looking to continue their hot start this weekend. 

Men’s basketball gears up for conference match-up

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer
 
Finishing up a successful season open-weekend on the hilltop, the West Liberty Hilltoppers are traveling to central West Virginia to face their first Mountain East Conference opponent. 

#BradysArmy strong on the hilltop

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
Three weeks ago, shocking news was announced on the West Liberty basketball Twitter account that senior point guard Brady Arnold had been diagnosed with an illness that will sideline him for the entire 2017-18 season.