Last-second action gives Shepherd the win
SHEPHERDSTOWN — It’s unlikely a team could fall behind by 14 points by halftime, and then reverse their troubles enough to come from behind to win on the road.
It’s unlikely the same team could trail by four points with less than 20 seconds to play, and then win in regulation, when they had an out-of-bounds possession with 0.9 seconds left.
Trailing, 72-70, at Millersville, Shepherd had just seen Jarrell Jones’ layup attempt blocked and a jump ball called. The possession arrow returned the ball to the Rams on the baseline near its basket. The in-bounds pass came to Thomas Lang, who was rushed by three Marauder defenders. Lang launched his last-ditch attempt and the buzzer sounded while the ball was still in mid-air.
When Lang’s shot rustled through the net, Shepherd had a 73-72 win over the disbelieving Marauders.
Millersville held a 47-33 lead at the half.
It took only about five minutes in the second half for the Rams to erase all but one point of the deficit. But then Millersville went on an 11-0 run to re-establish its lead.
However, Shepherd’s second wind almost tipped the scale, bringing the team back to within four points with the Marauders leading, 72-68.
Phillip Jordan made a layup and then Millersville missed the front end of a one-and-one situation at the foul line.
Lang’s last-tick, long-range jumper near the sideline brought the unlikely victory to the Rams, then 8-9 overall and 4-7 in the PSAC.
Millersville was also 8-9 overall, but was 5-6 in the PSAC.
Four scorers in double figures represented balanced scoring for the Shepherd women, who defeated Millersville, 80-71, on Saturday on the road.
Abby Beeman (21 points), Marley McLaughlin (13 points), Sydney Clayton (12 points) and Hannah Myers (12 points) produced most of the points.
Shepherd bounced out to a 15-point lead at the half, but then had to withstand a Millersville rally that sliced the lead back to only four points in the fourth quarter.
Myers had 11 of Shepherd’s 41 rebounds as the Rams owned a commanding 41-26 advantage on the boards.
The Rams went 33-for-64 from the field, but were hurt by 16 turnovers.
Lauren Lister paced the Marauders with her 22 points.
Shepherd was 12-5 overall and 6-5 in the PSAC, while Millersville fell to only 5-11 overall and 2-9 in the PSAC.