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The History of Integration of Sports at West Virginia University

Eartha Faust

Guard, (Years played-1974-1975), Inkster , Mich.

Eartha attended Inkster High just outside Detroit where he averaged 32.7 points per game as a senior and was named one of the top ten players on Michigan . He was named a high school All American as a senior. Inkster High had a 22-2 record his senior year and an 87-7 overall mark during Eatha's three seasons as a schoolboy. He shot 56 percent from the floor as a senior and played in the Detroit Roundball Classic. He also participated in Detroit 's East Side West Side All Star game. After high school Eartha attended national power Vincennes ( Ind. ) Junior College. As a sophomore he averaged 18.4 points per game and led Vincennes to a 28-5 record. The team was ranked second in the nation and lost in the semi-finals of the national (JC) tournament. As a freshman Eartha led Vincennes to an undefeated 33-0 season and the national championship. During that campaign Eartha led his team in free throw and field goal percentage and was named thr Most Valuable Player in the regional tournament. He was also selected first team in Region 12. Eartha transferred to WVU his junior year and was considered an excellent shooter who has played top notch competition both in high school and at the junior college level. His experience as a winner along with his maturity was going to be a great asset to the Mountaineers. That season Eartha saw action in all 25 games starting 24 of them. He was the leading scorer in 11 contests hitting 30 and 31 points against Virginia Tech and Richmond respectively. He averaged 15.6 points a game on 180 of 368 shots from the floor and 31 of 45 from the free throw line.

 

Dick Leftridge

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