Shepherd men’s basketball drops consecutive crucial conference games

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Glenville State 96, Shepherd 92

GLENVILLE (Feb. 1) – Junior forward Morgan McDonald had a game-high 23 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, but Shepherd couldn’t maintain its early lead and the Rams dropped their second-straight conference game 96-92 on the road against Glenville State.

Donte Morales scored 20 points and Kevin Gray added 19 to lead the Pioneers, who avenged a loss to Shepherd earlier this season in Shepherdstown.

Shepherd junior guard Austin Cunningham, pictured earlier this season against Fairmont State, scored 11 points during the Rams’ close 96-92 loss at Glenville State.

Shepherd junior guard Austin Cunningham, pictured earlier this season against Fairmont State, scored 11 points during the Rams’ close 96-92 loss at Glenville State.

Senior guard Brantley Osborne added 17 points and a game-high five assists for the Rams, while McDonald posted his eighth double-double of the season and his 23 points tied a career-high.

Shepherd freshman guard Naim Muhammad had 12 points, junior guard Austin Cunningham and senior forward Kevin Jones had 11 apiece and senior guard Marcus Pilgrim scored 10.

Shepherd (14-6, 9-5 Mountain East Conference) took a 48-45 halftime lead. But Glenville State (12-6, 9-5) took the lead for good in the second half at 62-60 after a three-pointer by Morales with 14:20 left in the contest.

The Rams got to within two points at 94-92 after a pair of free throws by Pilgrim with 17 seconds left, but Cole drained a pair of free throws in the game’s final seconds to seal the win.


Charleston 83, Shepherd 64

CHARLESTON (Jan. 30) – Senior guard Brantley Osborne led Shepherd with a game-high 23 points, but the Rams fell behind early and lost their first conference road game in four weeks 83-64 at Charleston.

Xavier Humphrey scored 22 points and Aleksander Kesic added 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Golden Eagles avenged a loss to the Rams earlier this season in Shepherdstown.

Shepherd junior guard Morgan McDonald added 16 points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots for the Rams, who fell behind quickly as Charleston opened the game on a 19-2 run and took a 42-25 advantage into the break.

Junior guard Austin Cunningham contributed eight points and tied Charleston’s Denzel Douglas with a game-high five assists. But Shepherd would get no closer than 12 points in the second half.

The Rams (14-5, 9-4 Mountain East Conference) hadn’t lost a league game on the road since falling 82-77 on Jan. 4 at Notre Dame College. Shepherd had since rattled off victories at Urbana and Wheeling Jesuit.

The victory sees Charleston (13-4, 10-3 Mountain East Conference) take sole possession of second place in the league standings, with Shepherd falling to third.


Women’s basketball

No. 10 Glenville State 119, Shepherd 76

GLENVILLE (Feb. 1) – Junior guard Briana Vaden scored a game and career-high 22 points for the Rams, but No. 10 Glenville State used a balanced attack en route to a 119-76 win over Shepherd in conference basketball action in Glenville.

Junior guard Rachel Johnson poured in 19 points for the Rams, while junior center Gabby Flinchum contributed seven points and a team-high eight boards.

Kenyona Simmons led seven Glenville State players in double figures with 18 points. Tasia Bistow, Kenyell Goodson, and Chanice Lee each added 13 points for the Lady Pioneers. Aesha Peters added a game-high 12 rebounds.

Glenville State (18-2, 13-1 Mountain East Conference) used a 25-4 run to build up a 23-poiint midway in the first half to take control of the contest.

In a seventh-straight loss, the Rams (2-16, 2-12) shot 39.4 percent (28-71) from the floor for the game, 26.5 percent (9-34) from three-point range, and 75.9 percent (18-21) from the line.

The Pioneers had a 62-45 advantage in rebounds. Shepherd forced 10 turnovers and committed 29.


Charleston 94,

Shepherd 56

CHARLESTON (Jan. 30) – Junior guard Rachel Johnson scored a team-high 13 points but Shepherd couldn’t overcome a 20-point halftime deficit as the Rams lost their sixth consecutive game 94-56 on the road against Charleston.

Nichole Perry scored a game-high 23 points and LeAnne Ross added 18 to the lead the Golden Eagles, who used runs of 17-4 in the first half and 24-7 in the second en route to victory.

Shepherd junior center Gabby Flinchum scored 11 points and contributed a team-high five rebounds, while Johnson added four rebounds, three assists, a pair of blocked shots and a steal.

The Rams (2-15, 2-11 Mountain East Conference) also received eight points apiece from redshirt-freshman guard Cara Mason, junior guard Briana Vaden and freshman guard Maggie McLoughlin.

The Golden Eagles (12-5, 8-5) had a 39-29 edge in rebounds. Shepherd forced 11 turnovers and committed 24.

Kayla Dozier was also in double figures for the Golden Eagles with 10 points. – Jeff Brammer


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