EDINBORO — Edinboro gave this one away.

Committing 15 turnovers in the second half, and 25 for the entire game, the Fighting Scots suffered from a bad case of the butterfingers in an 81-75 loss to visiting University of Charleston (WV), Saturday at McComb Fieldhouse.

“Our turnovers were just terrible,” said Edinboro coach Greg Walcavich. “We just didn’t take care of the ball at all. And it really wasn’t a matter of being pressured. We tried to throw passes (to people) that weren’t there. There was nothing worse than the way we took care of the ball. In fact it was so bad that it stained everything else we did.”

Edinboro, now 5-3, led by as much as nine points at various times in the first half. The last of these leads was with about three minutes remaining. And then the Scots’ ball handling woes kicked in, allowing Charleston to score the final nine points to end the half with the score tied 39-39.

“For 18 minutes we were doing fine.” Walcavich said. “Those last couple minutes were just terrible.”

However, things got even worse in the second half. Two minutes in, Edinboro held a one-point lead at 45-44. Then Charleston (5-1) rattled off 13 straight markers, helped along by three Edinboro turnovers, including a pair in the Golden Eagles’ end of the court. By the time the Scots got rolling again, Charleston was up 56-45.

“We just kind of got out of rhythm,” Walcavich said. “We turned the ball over way too many times.”

Edinboro guards Torry Mitchell and Chris Ravello got hot — Mitchell drained a three and a two-and-1 and Ravello scored eight of the Scots 10 points after that — slimming Charleston’s lead to three points at 63-60 with 10 minutes to go.

But, the Scots started coughing up the ball again, allowing the Eagles to take another nice lead.

Edinboro had chances to get back into the game. The Eagles were awful at the free throw line, going 12-for-28 in the game and 10-for-26 in the second half.

“I was not happy with the free throw shooting at the end,” said Golden Eagles coach Greg White. “We were fortunate to get the stops that we needed (after missing at the line).”

Still, the Scots couldn’t cash in at the other end, missing some shots and forking over possessions, which allowed Charleston to get a number of fast breaks and big dunks by forwards Robert Strickland and Eric Smith.

Strickland led Charleston with 20 points and had 12 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles out-rebounded the Fighting Scots 37-29, including 14-6 off the offensive glass.

“They’re a better rebounding team than we are,” said Walcavich. “We knew that was going to happen. But I think we could have done better. But the chances of us out-rebounding that team weren’t going to be very good from the outset.”

Smith followed Strickland in the scoreboard with 19 points — despite going 0-for-4 at the line with two air-balls.

Marquis Brooks tallied 16 points and led the Eagles with seven assists and four steals. Richard Hampton contributed 11 points.

“The bottom line is the bottom line, and that’s the win,” said White. “Anytime you win in Edinboro — I mean, this team won the region last year — that’s a heck of a win for us ... Edinboro is a good teaching tool for us, that’s why we play them.”

For Edinboro, Daren Tielsch scored 22 points and had eight rebounds. Mitchell followed with 18 points. Ravello had 12 points and eight boards. Justin Moore had 10 points.

“It was a tough one,” said Walcavich. “It was a game that we certainly had a chance to win. We didn’t do enough of the things that we needed to do to put ourselves in that position.”

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