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Shepherd finishes sweep of Philly schools

By Staff | Jan 5, 2018

After tripping both Holy Family and Chestnut Hill, Shepherd completed its sweep of schools from Philadelphia with a 93-63 win over Lincoln last Saturday at the Butcher Center. The victory against the Lions was Shepherd’s final non-conference game of the season. All of its remaining games will be against Mountain East Conference teams with one coming tomorrow at 4 p.m. against Virginia-Wise at the Butcher Center.

The Rams will take a 6-6 overall record and a 2-4 conference mark into the rest of the schedule.

Five Shepherd players, including reserve Gavin McTavish, scored in double figures against the Lions.

Steffen Davis registered 20 points and Thomas Lang totaled 19 points, with Winston Burgess notching 17 more and AJ Carr finishing with 12 points. Carr and Burgess each had eight rebounds and Carr had a season-high 10 assists.

Shepherd already led 43-34 by halftime.

As a team, the Rams committed only seven turnovers and had 22 assists on their 34 field goals.

From the field, Shepherd made 34-of-69 attempts, or 49 percent.

Lincoln, now 6-7 overall, made just 31.7 percent of its field goal attempts, but was successful on 77.3 percent of its free throw tries.

The Rams faced top-tier opponent Concord on Thursday and return tomorrow to face Virginia-Wise, another Mountain East Conference team with a winning league record in the early going of conference play, at 4 p.m. at the Butcher Center.

West Liberty paces the men’s standings in the conference, with Concord, Wheeling Jesuit and Fairmont close behind.