Glenville State 74, Shepherd 72
CHARLESTON (March 7) – Senior guard Brantley Osborne scored a game-high 24 points, but Glenville State edged Shepherd, 74-72, in the quarterfinals of the Mountain East Conference tournament ending the Rams’ best season since 1992.
Shepherd closed the first half on a 7-1 run to trail by only a point at 39-38 at the break, during a game that featured 12 lead changes and eight ties.
Glenville rallied from a five-point deficit in the game’s final minutes to tie the game 70-70 on a pair of free throws by Reggie Williams with 44 seconds remaining. Shepherd junior forward Morgan McDonald hit two foul shots with 22 seconds left to give the Rams a 72-70 advantage.
The Pioneers took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Kevin Gray with nine seconds left.
After a Shepherd turnover, Gray hit on 1-of-2 free throws with three seconds remaining. Shepherd’s last-second desperation shot by McDonald was off the mark.
The Rams finished the season 20-10, the first time they reached the 20-victory mark since 1992.
Donte Morales scored 18 points to lead the Pioneers. Lamar Mallory added 15 points and seven boards, while Kevin Gray tossed in 12 points.
Osborne connected on 9-of-17 shots from the floor, with a 4-of-10 effort from 3-point range. He added four rebounds and four assists.
Junior guard Austin Cunningham added 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while McDonald posted his 13th double-double of the year with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Senior guard Marcus Pilgrim contributed 10 points and tied Osborne for team-high assists honors with four.
Shepherd had a 36-26 edge on the boards. The Rams forced 15 turnovers and committed 17.
SHEPHERDSTOWN (March 4) – Junior forward Morgan McDonald scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds at Shepherd earned its 20th victory of the season with an 86-68 win against Concord to open the postseason conference tournament.
The Rams took the lead for good at 16-13 on a 3-pointer by senior guard Marcus Pilgrim with 12:48 remaining in the first half en route to a 41-28 halftime lead.
Pilgrim contributed 13 points and three rebounds and went over 1,000 points for his career.
The victory took Shepherd to the 20-win mark for the first time since 1992, and qualified the Rams (20-9) for a showdown with Glenville State on March 7 in the Mountain East Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Concord (8-21) had rallied to within nine points at 73-64 with 3:18 to play, but Shepherd closed the game on a 13-4 run.
McDonald connected on 10-of-15 field goals with a 2-of-2 effort from 3-point range. He also added three steals and three blocked shots.
Junior guard Austin Cunningham added 19 points, four assists, and four rebounds, while senior guard Brantley Osborne had 18 points, eight boards, and four assists.
Cam Shannon had 20 points and Aaron Miller added 19 for the Mountain Lions. Terry Hopewell added 13 points.
Shepherd had a 42-25 edge on the boards. The Rams forced 14 turnovers and committed 14.
URBANA, Ohio (March 4) – Shepherd guard Cara Mason, recently named Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year, scored a team-high 24 points, but the Rams lost 102-84 to Urbana and were ousted from the postseason league tournament during first-round action.
DeVonyea Johnson scored 25 points and Kate Francisco added 24 to lead Urbana to victory, after Shepherd built an early five-point lead in the opening minutes but quickly lost momentum.
The Rams trailed 55-39 at halftime and never threatened after intermission.
Mason connected on 7-of-11 shots from the floor and drained her only 3-point attempt. She also dished out a team-high six assists.
Junior center Gabby Flinchum added 15 points for Shepherd (4-23), while junior guard Rachel Johnson scored 10.
Ebany Brumfield netted 10 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Knights (18-9).
The Blue Knights had a 45-48 advantage in rebounds. The Rams forced 12 turnovers and committed 21. – Jeff Brammer