Early scoring push enough for Rams

BUCKHANNON — A 15-0 first-half scoring burst by Shepherd was enough for the Rams to move off to a 76-51 win over host West Virginia Wesleyan last Thursday at the Rockefeller Center.

Once the Rams had established a working margin they methodically went about their business and never let the Bobcats of first-year coach Patrick Beilein menace the lead.

Shepherd held a 36-19 halftime lead.

The Rams shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half and were even better in the second half, going 15-for-23 (65 percent).

Shepherd’s Chad Moore was troubled by early-game fouls.

Shepherd’s Chad Moore was troubled by early-game fouls.

Shepherd went 10-for-11 from the foul line.

Kelsey Williams, who scored 21 points and had seven rebounds, received little help from his teammates as the Bobcats were outrebounded, 31-23.

Morgan McDonald and reserve guard Marcus Pilgrim combined to shoot 12-for-16 from the floor and each scored 15 points for the Rams, then 13-8 overall and 10-7 in the WVIAC.

Brantley Osborne went 4-for-6 from beyond the three-point line and finished with 14 points, while Chad Moore (5-for-7 from the field) added 13 points and seven rebounds. McDonald had eight rebounds.

Shepherd outpointed the Bobcats, 41-32, in the second half.

The Bobcats were left with an overall record of 8-12 and a conference mark of 5-11.

On Saturday, the Rams hosted Concord.

Shepherd had a six-point lead with only 3:07 to play, but the Mt. Lions scored the last seven points in the game to win, 78-77, in the WVIAC matchup.

Concord’s Damien Tunstalle, who finished with 35 points, made a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to reverse Shepherd’s two-point lead. The Mt. Lions had scored 17 of the game’s last 24 points to move their record to 8-9 in the WVIAC and 12-9 overall.

The Rams were hurt by leading scorer Chad Moore being in foul trouble and playing only four minutes in the first half. Moore still scored 20 points and teammate Brantley Osborne had another 19 points.

Shepherd shot only 11 free throws, but had moved to its late-game lead by making 17-of-32 (53 percent) of its second-half shots. Concord went 14-for-23 (61 percent) from the field in the second half.

Shepherd fell to 13-9 overall and 10-8 in the WVIAC, but was still in fifth place in the league.

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