Heatherington logs 13 minutes in UC opener

Mark Martin

The Mountain East Conference, comprised mainly of NCAA Division II teams from West Virginia, finally opened its basketball season last Thursday.

And two former Ravenswood Red Devil All-Staters were a part of the first game for the University of Charleston Golden Eagles.

Riley Heatherington is beginning his junior year with the program.

Brett Rector is back as an assistant after spending a season at Parkersburg South High School as the Patriot head coach.

The Golden Eagles, who were picked third in the MEC’s men’s basketball preseason poll, fell to Concord, 64-62, on their home floor inside the Wehrle Arena.

Heatherington saw the most time on the court among UC’s players who came off the bench.

He was one of nine players to see action for the Eagles.

A starter at points in his career, Heatherington played 13 minutes.

He finished with two points, going 1-of-3 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked a shot.

UC, who is coming off a 25-6 campaign last season, was slated to meet Glenville State College on the road this past Sunday.

Glenville won a high-scoring thriller in its opener over West Virginia State University, the preseason No. 4 team, 117-114.