Prosperous beginning to new year for Shepherd

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — With Chad Moore beginning the 2013 portion of the Shepherd schedule with 31 points and 11 rebounds, the Rams picked up a choice WVIAC road win over host Pitt-Johnstown, defeating the Mountain Cats, 92-84, last Thursday.

Shepherd stayed near the top of the conference’s mens basketball standings with a 4-1 league record and 7-2 overall mark. The Mountain Cats had only a 3-3 conference record, but were 6-3 overall with the home-court loss. Moore made 13-of-24 shots from the field and helped the Rams stay even on the boards (both teams had 40 rebounds) with his 11.

Able to join Moore in double figures were Austin Cunningham with his 16 points (7-of-15 shooting), Morgan McDonald (12 points) and Brantley Osborne (11 points). McDonald also recorded a double-double with his 10 rebounds.

After leading only 44-43 at the half, Shepherd made 16-of-33 (48.5 percent) of its second-half shots and kept its five-to-10 point lead by making 14-of-17 (82.4 percent) from the free throw line.

The Rams outscored the Mountain Cats, 48-41, in the second half.

Andrew Cressler (11-of-14 shooting) led Pitt-Johnstown with 28 points, while Jordan Miller (6-of-11 from the floor) had 23 points and Nick Novak (7-of-17 shooting) finished with 19 pointsa. No other Mountain Cat could score more than six points.

Shepherd committed only 12 turnovers as compared with the 21 floor mistakes Pitt-Johnstown had.

It was the fifth double-double of the season for Moore.

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