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Shepherd exploits Seton Hill defense in romp

By Staff | Dec 27, 2019

SHEPHERDSTOWN — There was no grand plan, but eight Shepherd players seemed to know how to almost evenly split the team’s 95 points in a runaway 95-61 win at the Butcher Center last Saturday.

Eight players taking turns scoring on the elastic Griffin defense.

Right from the outset of the PSAC game, it was Shepherd going off in one scoring direction and Seton Hill quickly falling out of contention.

In less than three minutes, Shepherd had a 12-5 lead. Later, it was 25-12 before it was 33-12 as the Rams scored, Seton Hill missed its shots and a variety of Shepherd players took down the many defensive rebounds.

Would the Rams get 60 points in the first half? No, they woudn’t, but settling for a 54-32 lead at halftime wasn’t too disappointing.

Shepherd could score with its half-court offense or in transition. Seton Hill, which has still won only one game this season, couldn’t score and couldn’t retrieve its own missed shots.

After halftime, the quiet tone of the night got even more quiet. The small crowd viewed a more sedate pace as both teams settled for halfcourt offenses and Shepherd’s rate of scoring droned slowly on for about five minutes.

There was absolutely no sense of urgency left.

The evenly divided Shepherd scoring had Thomas Lang (18), reserve Cam Stephens (15), freshman Dan McClain-Corley (13), Jarrell Jones (10), Kyle Daggett (10), Jon Preston (nine), freshman Phillip Jordan (nine) and freshman Marcus Gorham (eight) leaving Seton Hill little choice as to where to concentrate any defensive attention.

Now 2-3 in the PSAC and 6-5 overall, Shepherd plays again on Jan. 3 at West Chester in the first of three consecutive conference road games.

Seton Hill fell to 1-7 overall after falling, 64-61, at Millersville the previous night. The last-place Griffins were 0-5 in the West Division of the conference.

Shepherd had knocked out the Griffins in the early going, and then took turns scoring individual points.