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West Liberty wins final WVIAC title

Mar. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- West Liberty used a big second half Saturday to defeat Fairmont State, 92-78, in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament championship game at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Liberty led by only 42-40 at halftime.

The Hilltoppers (30-1) are No. 1 in the national NCAA Division II poll and were top-seeded in the conference tournament.

Alex Falk of the Hilltoppers was selected as the tournament MVP after posting 27 points, six assists and four steals on Saturday. C.J. Hester added 21 points and had 14 rebounds. Bubby Goodwin and Shawn Dyer scored 18 and 12 respectively.

West Liberty shot 54.7 percent from the floor and mace 29 of 33 free throws.

Malik Stith and Isaac Thornton both scored 17 for Fairmont State (22-8).

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Fairmont State overcame a large second-half deficit to post a 65-54 win over Seton Hill for the WVIAC women's tournament championship.

Seton Hill (19-13) led by 12 early in the second half.

Kaitlin Snyder from Fairmont State (23-8) posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to earn the tournament most valuable player award.

Hailey Garrett scored 18 for the Falcons while Hallie Gunnoe had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Seton Hill from Greensburg, Pa., was led by Paige Alviani's 18 points. Katie Gattuso had 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

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