Concord 88, Shepherd 64
SHEPHERDSTOWN (Jan. 13) – Junior center Gabby Flinchum recorded game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, but Concord handed Shepherd University an 88-64 setback in MEC women’s basketball action at the Butcher Center.
Flinchum hit on 10-of-16 field goals with a 1-of-3 effort from the foul line.
Junior guard Rachel Johnson was also in double figures with 11 points for the Rams (2-11, 2-7).
Junior guard Alex Weakland added six points and a team-high four assists, while junior guard Briana Vaden had eight points and a team-high four steals.
Jacqueline Kestner had 19 points to pace the Mountain Lions (6-6, 4-5). Andrea Bertrand added 16 points and nine boards, while Sissy Wagner had a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists.
The Mountain Lions had a 43-37 edge in rebounds. Shepherd forced 19 turnovers and committed 21.
Trailing 35-24 at halftime, Shepherd started the second half on an 11-2 run to close to within two points at 37-35 with 17:37 remaining. Freshman guard Maggie McLoughlin had six points to key the Shepherd run.
The Mountain Lions responded with an 11-2 run of their own to open a 11-point lead at 48-37 with 15:27 left and Shepherd was unable to recover.
Virginia-Wise 73, Shepherd 58
SHEPHERDSTOWN (Jan. 11) – Makenzie Cluesman scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to lead UVa-Wise 73-58 win over Shepherd University in MEC women’s basketball action at the Butcher.
Cluesman added eight rebounds and five assists.
Katie Jo Lester had 14 points, while Makenzie Hensley contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers (7-5, 3-5).
Junior center Gabby Flinchum had 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Rams, 2-10, 2-6).
Senior forward Jimyse Brown also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Rachel Johnson tossed in 10 points. Redshirt-freshman guard Cara Mason added seven points, four assists, and four steals.
The Cavaliers had a 50-47 edge in rebounds. Shepherd forced 19 turnovers and committed 18.
Shepherd had a 37-30 lead at halftime.
The Cavaliers opened the second half on a 13-0 run and the Rams would not be able to recover. Cluesman had six points during the run.
Shepherd 78, West Liberty 73
SHEPHERDSTOWN (Jan. 9) – Senior forward Jimyse Brown scored a career-high 20 points to lead Shepherd University to a 78-73 win over West Liberty in MEC women’s basketball action at the Butcher.
Brown came off the bench to connect on 8-of-12 shots with a 4-of-6 effort at the foul line.
Redshirt-freshman guard Cara Mason added 14 points and a team-high three assists, while junior center Gabby Flinchum had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Freshman guard Maggie McLoughlin contributed 11 points on a 4-of-4 effort from the floor with a 3-of-3 performance from three-point range.
Jasmin Kiley scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Hilltoppers. Liz Flowers added 15 points and eight assists, while Kierra Simpson had 10 points, 21 rebounds, and four blocked shots.
The Lady Hilltoppers had a 63-43 advantage in rebounds. Shepherd forced 20 turnovers and committed 23.
West Liberty took a 41-30 lead into the break behind the strong play of Flowers (12 points, five assists) and Kiley (11 points).
The Lady Hilltoppers (6-7, 3-4) led by as many as 19 points in the second half. Shepherd (2-9, 2-5) took its first lead of the game at 72-70 on a layup by Flinchum with 1:41 left in regulation. A layup by Flowers tied the game and Shepherd took the lead for good at 74-72 on another layup by Flinchum with 1:20 remaining. After Flowers hit 1-of-2 free throws, Shepherd got a jumper from junior guard Rachel Johnson and a pair of free throws from Flinchum down the stretch to seal the win. – Staff Reports
Shepherd men’s basketball
Shepherd 97, Concord 94 (OT)
SHEPHERDSTOWN (Jan. 13) – Senior guard Brantley Osborne scored a game-high 24 points and junior guard Austin Cunningham added 23 points and a game-high eight assists to lead Shepherd to a 97-94 overtime win over Concord in MEC men’s basketball action at the Butcher Center.
Osborne connected on 5-of-14 shots with a 3-of-9 effort from beyond the arc. He was 11-for-13 from the foul line. He added six boards, four assists and a game-high three steals. Cunningham was 5-of-10 from the floor with a 2-of-4 effort from beyond the arc with an 11-of-12 performance at the charity stripe.
Junior forward Morgan McDonald added 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while senior forward Kevin Jones followed with 18 points.
Cam Shannon scored 21 points and Grant Dickerson added 19 to lead the Mountain Lions. Mike Boyd added 18 points, while Nick Moyer had eight points and 13 rebounds.
Concord (5-10, 2-7) had a 42-31 advantage on the boards. The Rams (12-3, 7-2) forced 14 turnovers and committed 10.
The Rams took a 45-39 lead into the break as Osborne (15) and Cunningham (12) combined for 27 points in the first half.
Concord battled back from an 11-point second half deficit to tie the game at 82-82 and force the extra session on a pair of free throws by Boyd with five seconds left in regulation.
With the game tied at 89-all with 2:35 remaining in overtime, the Rams used a 7-2 run to take a 96-91 lead with nine seconds left after a pair of Cunningham free throws. Shannon drained a three-pointer with four seconds left to draw the Mountain Lions to within two points. Osborne hit on 1-of- 2 free throw attempts for the Rams and Aaron Miller’s last second three-point attempt was off the mark.
Shepherd 88, Virginia-Wise 76
SHEPHERDSTOWN (Jan. 11) – Senior guard Brantley Osborne scored 20 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lift Shepherd to an 88-76 win over UVa-Wise in MEC men’s basketball action at the Butcher Center.
Osborne connected on 6-of-11 shots with a 4-of-5 effort from beyond the arc. He was 5-for-5 from the foul line.
Senior guard Marcus Pilgrim added a season-high 19 points, while junior guard Austin Cunningham had 15 points and a game-high six assists.
Freshman Naim Muhammad contributed 11 points for the Rams (11-3, 6-2), while junior forward Morgan McDonald added 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Javon Moore scored 18 points to lead the Cavaliers (6-6, 3-5). Deon Boyce added 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Charles George had 13 points.
UVa-Wise had a 37-36 edge on the boards. The Rams forced 15 turnovers and committed 15.
The Cavaliers took a 41-28 lead into the break as Boyce (10) and Tyler Maggard (9) combined for 19 first half points.
Shepherd erased a 13-point second half deficit and took the lead for good at 55-54 on a layup by senior forward Kevin Jones with 8:50 remaining.
Minutes later, Shepherd used a 12-2 run – fueled by four consecutive 3-pointers – to open up an 11-point lead to take control. Osborne had two treys, while Pilgrim and Cunningham each had one during the run.
West Liberty 120,
SHEPHERDSTOWN (Jan. 9) – Seger Bonifant and Devin Hoehn each scored 20 points to lead top-ranked West Liberty to a 120-89 win over Shepherd in MEC men’s basketball action at the Butcher.
The Hilltoppers got 17 points from Kelvin Goodwin , while C.J. Hester and Keene Cockburn each added 16. Cockburn also hauled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Senior forward Kevin Jones and senior guard Marcus Pilgrim each tossed in 17 points to lead the Rams (10-3, 5-2).
Freshman Naim Muhammad contributed 15 points, while senior guard Brantley Osborne added 14. Junior forward Morgan McDonald added nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.
West Liberty (11-0, 7-0) had a 61-48 edge on the boards. The Rams forced 14 turnovers and committed 12.
– Staff Reports