Shepherd rushes back to beat Mansfield
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Trailing by 10 points at halftime against Mansfield, the Shepherd women outpointed the homestanding Mounties 19-10 in the third quarter, and then repeated that dominance by outgunning them by the same 19-10 count in the fourth period to post a 67-59 PSAC win.
Shepherd moved to 13-5 overall and 7-5 in the league, while the Mounties fell to 3-15 overall and only 1-11 in the PSAC.
Sydney Clayton scored 22 points and claimed 11 rebounds, with Abby Beeman netting 16 points and Marley McLaughlin netting another 15 points, as the Rams avoided an upset.
Even though Shepherd made only 10-of-20 free throws, that figure overshadowed the mere 1-for-3 showing the Mounties had on their free throws.
The Rams had 40 rebounds and Mansfield had 36 rebounds.
Shepherd’s men continued a seeming unabated string of close games, decided by three or less points.
After nipping Millersville by one point in the previous game, the Rams dropped a 62-61 decision to the Mounties.
Mansfield took a 59-58 lead, with only 23 seconds remaining and then held on for the one-point verdict, despite Thomas Lang’s three-point field goal in the dying seconds.
The Mounties took a 31-23 lead at the half, and despite being outscored 38-31 in the second half, still managed to prevail.
Shepherd, now 8-10 overall and 4-8 in the PSAC, saw Lang score 16 points, Kyle Daggett 13 points and Phillip Jordan 10 points off the bench.
Daggett fouled out, as Mansfield went 14-for-22 from the foul line. Shepherd attempted eight free throws and made only four of those.
Mansfield inched its overall record ahead to 5-12, and pushed its PSAC record to 4-8.
Shepherd was 24-for-59 (40.7 percent) from field and the Mounties were 23-for-53 (43.4 percent).
Mansfield held on for the win by committing only seven turnovers.