Unbeaten West Chester trips Rams in first game of 2020
SHEPHERDSTOWN — West Chester had more rebounds, and the Golden Rams continually shot free throws in repulsing Shepherd’s upset bid in its first men’s basketball game of 2020.
Improving to 12-0 overall, West Chester got loose from a 73-73 tie with 2:30 remaining to win, 84-77, on its home court.
West Chester’s command of the boards where it had a 45-29 advantage along with the 41 free throws it attempted were barely enough to hold off the Rams, now 6-6 overall and 2-4 in PSAC games.
Shepherd was whistled for 28 team fouls and had Daniel McClain-Corley and reserve Cam Stephens foul out. Both Jon Preston and Kyle Daggett finished with four fouls.
The all-winning Golden Rams improved their PSAC record to 6-0 by making 25-of-53 field goal attempts, including 9-of-20 from three-point range. The Golden Rams committed 22 fouls and committed 14 turnovers. West Chester was 25-for-41 from the foul line.
Shepherd was 26-for-62 from the field, including 11-of-29 from long range. The Rams were 14-of-19 from the foul line and had 10 turnovers.
The Shepherd women tamed West Chester, 68-65, at West Chester to improve to 9-3 overall and 3-3 in the PSAC. West Chester dipped to 3-8 overall and 1-5 in the PSAC,
Abby Beeman had 18 points, seven assists and eight turnovers in playing all 40 minutes. Marley McLaughlin added 17 points and also played all 40 minutes. Sydney Clayton scored 14 points, had 10 rebounds and committed six turnovers for the Rams.
Shepherd was 27-for-63 from the field, went 4-for-19 on three-point attempts, claimed 38 rebounds and had 19 turnovers.
With only 24 seconds remaining, Clayton’s layup put Shepherd in front, 68-65, and no more points were scored by either team.