Rams absorb close losses at Concord, Wise
Even though they held narrow leads at halftime in both road games last week, Shepherd fell 70-63 to UVa.-Wise and 76-70 to Concord in conference games.
With only four games left in the 2017-18 season, the Rams were 14-10 overall and 10-8 in the league.
At Wise, Shepherd fell victim to 31 points and the 12 rebounds from Taiwo Badmus and 17 points from Yesid-Mosquera Perea.
The Rams had 17 points and nine rebounds from AJ Carr and 11 points (on 5-of-7 shooting) and eight rebounds from Winston Burgess, but could attempt only eight free throws, making six of them.
Wise was 11-13 overall and 9-9 in the Mountain East Conference.
In a 76-70 road loss at Concord, the Rams tried to use the 21 points and nine rebounds from Carr and 20 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) from Burgess, but couldn’t hold a scant 34-32 lead at the half.
Shepherd held a 36-33 advantage in rebounds.
Tommy Bolte, the MEC’s leading scorer, posted a 42-point game against the Rams. Bolte was 12-for-26 from the field. Trey Brisco added 11 points. The Mountain Lions were 19-for-23 from the foul line.
The Shepherd women dropped a 68-50 decision to UVa.-Wise, making just 24.6 percent of its field goal attempts, 16-for-65. Morgan Arden was 3-for-18 from the field for 16 points and Sydney Clayton was 4-for-12 for 10 points. Clayton had 10 rebounds.
Shepherd converted 14-of-24 free throws, or 58 percent.
The Cavaliers went 11-for-13 from the foul line and outscored Shepherd 24-10 in the third quarter.
UVa.-Wise won despite 18 turnovers, while Shepherd had only six turnovers.
The Cavaliers were 5-18 overall after clipping the Rams, and 4-14 in conference games.
Shepherd used an overtime to trim Concord, 76-72, with Arden posting 35 points. Clayton had 13 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double.
Shepherd had a 29-28 lead at halftime after going on a 14-2 tear just before intermission.
The game featured 11 lead changes and 11 ties. Shepherd had a 51-44 edge in rebounds.
Both Shepherd teams are at home in the Butcher Center tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. against Charleston.