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After two wins, Shepherd settles into fourth place

By Staff | Feb 9, 2018

Photo by Dave Pennock Shepherd’s AJ?Carr (25) looks to pass around Urbana’s AJ Washington (10) during last Saturday’s game.

After displacing Notre Dame, 107-90, and Urbana, 93-68, Shepherd found itself tied for fourth place in the Mountain East Conference men’s basketball standings.

Overall, the record reads 14-8 and the conference mark is 10-6, with only six games remaining in the 2017-18 season.

With point guard Thomas Lang and forward/center A.J. Carr – the long and short of the Shepherd offense – both scoring 21 points, the Rams shredded Urbana. Carr’s points and his 10 rebounds gave him his 11th double-double of the season.

Stephen Davis, with 16 points, helped the Rams shoot 57 percent from the field, the team going 31-for-54. Shepherd made 16 of its 20 foul shots, or 80 percent, and tamed the Ohioans by making 15-of-28 three-point tries.

In the 17-point win over visiting Notre Dame, the Rams had Lang score 27 points and Davis notch 22 more. Shepherd’s five players in double figures also included Carr, with 16, and Cam Stephens with another 12.

Nationally ranked West Liberty – with its one loss – continues to pace the MEC standings with a 15-1 conference record and 20-1 overall log. Fairmont State and first-year Coach Joe Mazzulla is in second with a 13-3 league showing and 17-5 overall mark. In third place is Wheeling Jesuit at 12-4 in the league and 17-5 overall.

The fourth-place Rams have an identical league mark to West Virginia State’s, at 10-6. The Yellow Jackets are 12-9 overall. The only other team with a winning conference record is Charleston, at 9-7 in league games and 13-9 overall.

Shepherd’s women were 6-10 in the MEC standings and 10-12 overall after defeating Urbana, 85-76, last Saturday at the Butcher Center.

The 6-10 mark had the Rams in a tie for eighth place in the MEC.

Shepherd erased Urbana’s 39-36 halftime lead by outpointing the Blue Knights, 49-37, in the second half.

The Rams made 27 of their 30 free throws.

Morgan Arden had 30 points, Kari Lankford 15 more and Tiffany McKinney another 12 for the winning Rams.

Front-running Glenville maintained its comfortable four-game lead over the women’s field. The Pioneers are 16-0 in conference play and 21-1 overall.

Notre Dame has a 12-4 league record and West Liberty is 10-6. West Virginia State sports a 9-7 conference record.

Both Shepherd teams have remaining home games left with West Virginia State, Charleston and Fairmont State.