Osborne hits 1,000-point mark; leads Shepherd past Wheeling Jesuit
Junior guard Brantley Osborne (Sunbury, PA/Shikellamy) reached the 1,000-point mark for his career and scored a game-high 31 points to lead Shepherd University to a 113-101 win over Wheeling Jesuit in WVIAC men’s basketball action at the Butcher Center on Monday night.
Osborne hit on 10-of-15 shot from the floor with a 9-of-14 performance from beyond the arc. He was 2-of-2 from the foul line. His nine three-pointers tied the Shepherd single game record set by Chad Myers against West Liberty on January 9, 2006.
Senior forward Chad Moore (Winchester, VA/John Handley) added 29 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, while sophomore forward Morgan McDonald (Inwood, WV/Musselman) added 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Austin Cunningham (Belpre, OH/Ohio Valley) added 13 points and dished out six assists. Senior forward Sidney McCray (Milton, FL/St. Paul’s School) added 10 points.
The Cardinals were led by Justin Fritts with 20 points and six assists. Andre Harris added 16 points, while Ben Siefert and Joe Prati each had 15.
Shepherd shot 53.4 percent (39-73) from the floor with a 44.8 percent (13-29) effort from three-point range. The Rams drained 22-of-28 free throws (78.6 percent).
Wheeling Jesuit shot 60 percent (42-70) with a 13-of-27 effort (48.1 percent) from beyond the arc. The Cardinals connected on 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) free throws.
Shepherd had a 35-34 rebounding advantage.
Shepherd improves to 9-4 overall, 6-3 in WVIAC play, while Wheeling Jesuit drops to 6-7, 3-6. The Rams return to action on Thursday when they host Seton Hill for a 7:30 p.m. contest.