[cleeng_content id="430890994" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]SHEPHERDSTOWN — The game had been spiced with all-out hustle from both teams. Glenville was unbeaten and it was easy to see why. Shepherd came in off two wins on the road and only one loss on its record.
The Rams had taken a seven-point lead at the half, but the Pioneers washed away all of their deficit and were back even in the first four minutes of the last half.
It was at that point in the Mountain East Conference game that Shepherd’s rousing and wholly energetic play shook Glenville. And for about six minutes the Rams played so well and had so many contributions that they grabbed a double-figure lead.
Shepherd gradually extended its lead as Austin Cunningham, Brantley Osborne, Naim Muhammad and Kevin Jones maintained the hard-won control the Rams had wrenched from the Pioneers.
Cunningham, Osborne and Muhammad all scored at least 20 points as the Rams bubbled along to a 98-78, well-played win over a quality Division II team.
The definitive six-minute span of scoring, steals and effective rebounding had given Shepherd the grip on the tempo that was enough to harness the peppery Pioneers.
A clinging Rams’ press had been just disruptive enough to keep Glenville from employing a fully functioning offense.
Soon after Glenville had caught the earlier Rams’ lead with about 15 minutes to play, Osborne joined Cunningham and the quietly-present Muhammad to jolt the Pioneers.
Cunningham would make 13-of-15 free throws, claim seven rebounds and score 27 points. Osborne was 9-for-16 from the field, take down eight rebounds and total 25 points. Muhammad seemed quiet for the most part, but he wasn’t. His 20 points came on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor and he had four steals and five rebounds to secure a best supporting player award for the Rams.
Glenville’s Donte Morales, who had scored 40 points in the team’s previous game, was limited to but nine points and had five turnovers. He could attempt only five shots from the floor, being blunted by Shepherd’s defense and, to some extent, his foul trouble.
Shepherd’s overall work ethic was rewarded by a victory over a quality team.
And its properous shooting (35-of-62 from the field and 21-of-26 from the foul line) leaned hard on Glenville’s chances.
An entertaining game replete with an up-tempo flow that featured both postive-result team play and some individual highlights had gone in Shepherd’s direction and meant the first loss of the season for the Pioneers.