3.4.18 Highlights & post game reaction - Wheeling Jesuit claims MEC men's hoops title


Wheeling Jesuit won its first Mountain East Conference tournament championship Sunday night, defeating Charleston 80-65.

The Cardinals (26-5) were led by MEC tournament and regular season MVP Haywood Highsmith, who posted another double-double with 31 points and 11 boards.

WJU earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Atlantic Region tournament, earning the 3 seed. The Cardinals will meet 6 seed West Chester (21-6).

West Liberty, who lost to Charleston in the MEC finals by two points, is the four seed. The Toppers (26-3) get Shippensburg (23-7) in the opening round.

The Atlantic Region tournament host is Virginia State (24-4), who lost to Virginia Union in the CIAA semifinals. Those two meet up again in the region's opening round.

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