ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Shepherd improved its men’s basketball record to 2-1 when Chad Moore scored 25 points and took down 14 rebounds and the Rams defeated host Elizabeth City State, 76-70, on the road Saturday.
The Bulldogs were opening their season and had an 0-1 record.
Joining Moore in double figures for the Rams were reserve guard Marcus Pilgrim (14 points), Sidney McCray (12 points), and Brantley Osborne (11 points).
Miykael Faulcon led Elizabeth City with 18 points, Angelo Sharpless scored 17 points and Dominique Byrd added 10 points.
Moore was 6-for-11 from the field and 13-for-17 from the foul line in notching his 25 points.
Shepherd’s ability to make its free throws was very instrumental in its win. The Rams were 28-of-36 (77.8 percent) from the foul line. Shepherd only attempted 52 shots from the field and made 23 (44 percent).
Elizabeth City was only 11-for-20 (55 percent) from the foul line and went 24-for-56 from the floor (43 percent).
The Rams committed only 11 turnovers while the Bulldogs had 16 turnovers.
Elizabeth City held a 35-33 lead at the half but was outscored 43-35 in the second half.
Shepherd didn’t take the lead in the second half until Moore’s three-point play gave it a 53-50 advantage with 9:30 remaining. The Rams extended their lead to 64-53 with 6:17 to play.
Shepherd began its 22-game WVIAC schedule on Tuesday (Nov. 20) with a game at Fairmont.