Taking aim at No. 1

Davis &?Elkins gets its shot at the nation’s top-ranked team when West Liberty visits the McDonnell Center at 7:30 p.m. today for a West Virginia Conference matchup.

The Hilltoppers (10-0, 4-0 WVC) enter the game averaging a staggering 116 ppg. They have been idle since winning two games in Puerto Rico, including a 143-point outburst against Puerto Rico-Bayamon on Dec. 18.

West Liberty, coached by Jim Crutchfield, has five players averaging in double figures led by Alex Falk, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, who is scoring 20.7 ppg. Cedrick Harris, a 6-0 junior guard, is hitting at 17.1 ppg. Sophomore guard CJ Hester (13.1), 6-7 freshman forward Seger Bonifant (11.2) and senior guard Tim Hausfeld (10.2) are the other double-digit scorers.

“Falk and Harris are very good players.” D&E fourth-year coach Bruce Martin said. “We need to limit their scoring chances and keep them to just one shot with our rebounding on the defensive end.”

Martin said the balance scoring by West Liberty also is a concern.

“We need to play our best basketball and control the tempo to have any chance,” he said. “Everyone on their team can shoot the ball.

“Offensively we have to score points and get production from our bench.”

Senior guard D’Quan Lynch leads the Senators in scoring with 17.6 ppg. He also averages 5.7 assists.

Junior guard Devin Miller (15.6) also averages in double figures, while 6-8 senior center Igor Premasunac hits for 9.3 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds.

D&E (1-6, 1-4) is coming off a 72-67 loss at Livingstone (N.C.) on Monday.

The school’s women’s teams will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Today’s games be Military Appreciation Day at the McDonnell Center. The contests will be played in honor of all past and present military personnel with free admission for veterans and half-price admission for their families.

Saturday’s men’s game at 4 p.m. against Urbana also will honor military personnel.