Shepherd returns from three-game road swing
SHEPHERDSTOWN — The three games were competitive and close. All three of them were on the road at West Chester, Bloomsburg and California. All three games were played after the first semester ended, and before the spring semester began.
Shepherd could not win any of them, and saw its conference record go to 2-6 and its overall record settle at 6-8.
After dropping an 84-77 verdict at unbeaten West Chester, the Rams traveled to Bloomsburg, where they fell, 83-75, to the Huskies.
Kyle Daggett had 20 points and Jarrell Jones totaled 17 points for the Rams. There were 24 fouls whistled against the Rams, and both Jon Preston and Phillip Jordan fouled out.
In its third-straight road game within the PSAC, the Rams dropped a 74-61 decision to California. Daniel McClain-Corley and Thomas Lang both had 17 points for the Rams. Lang also claimed 10 of Shepherd’s 32 rebounds. Shepherd went 24-for-60 (40 percent) from the field in absorbing the loss.
The Shepherd women won two of three games on the same road swing the men took.
In beating West Chester, 68-65, the game’s outcome was in doubt even in the waning seconds.
Abby Beeman (18 points), Marley McLaughlin (17 points) and Sydney Clayton (14) paced the Shepherd scorers. Clayton hauled down 10 rebounds.
West Chester was 3-8 with the close loss.
Beeman scored 23 points, Clayton added 20 and Jordan Smith came through with 12 points as the Rams beat Bloomsburg, 69-59. Beeman was credited with nine assists in the conference win.
Bloomsburg was 6-5 with the loss.
Shepherd returned to Shepherdstown with a 4-4 conference record after falling, 66-60, to California.
California maintained its national ranking with a 12-2 overall record.
McLaughlin and Clayton both scored 21 points and Beeman was in double figures with her 13 points.
Clayton had 12 rebounds. Shepherd was 8-for-11 from the foul line and California was 10-for-11.
Shepherd took a 10-4 overall record into its home game on Jan. 11 against Lock Haven.