Late layup carries Yellow Jackets past Shepherd

INSTITUTE — Shepherd got a triple-double from Chad Moore and 22 points from Brantley Osborne, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a late-game layup from West Virginia State’s Jalen Walker as the Yellow Jackets secured a 90-89 win over the Rams in a WVIAC game.

Shepherd was 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the league after the loss. The Yellow Jackets were 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the WVIAC with the last-seconds win.

Osborne’s three-pointer with nine seconds remaining lifted Shepherd into an 89-88 lead before Walker’s close-in basket with three seconds left proved to be the game-winner.

Moore scored 21 points, collared 16 rebounds, and made 10 steals to record a rare triple-double.

Raymon Austin had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. Anton Hutchins tossed in 20 and David Ford added 18 points and 10 rebounds for West Virginia State, which outrebounded Shepherd, 47-40.

Shepherd’s full court pressure defense helped account for 28 Yellow Jacket turnovers. Shepherd had 16 turnovers.

Morgan McDonald scored 14 points and reserve Malik Dauda had his most influential game of the season with 10 points.

The Rams shot only 39 percent from field and made 16-of-23 free throws (69.6 percent). West Virginia State made 55.4 percent of its field goal attempts, including a 19-for-31 (61 percent)showing from the field in the second half. Like Shepherd, the Yellow Jackets went 16-for-23 (69.6 percent) from the free throw line.

Shepherd trailed, 46-38, at the half. Shooting only 38 percent from the field in the second half made it difficult for the Rams to make headway throughbout that segment of play.

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