Overtime losses to Fairmont hide good efforts
When Shepherd went to Fairmont for a conference doubleheader against the Fighting Falcons, its men’s team faced a once-beaten rival and the women’s team saw a team with a 12-4 record.
The Shepherd men were able to send their game into overtime before dropping a 101-91 decision, and the Shepherd women also forced an overtime but fell, 83-74.
Shepherd was 9-8 overall and 4-7 in the Mountain East Conference, while the Fairmont men were still in first place in the league with a 10-1 Mountain East mark and a 16-1 overall record.
The Shepherd women were 4-13 overall and 3-8 in the conference after their extra-session loss. Fairmont was 13-4 overall and 7-4 in its conference games.
Skyler Roman had 24 points and seven rebounds to give the Shepherd men a chance to pull off an upset. Ryan McTavish scored 23 points and Naim Muhammad had 11 points and six assists, but the Rams were outscored by 10 points in the five-minute overtime.
Shepherd committed 22 turnovers, was 14-for-22 at the foul line and claimed 39 rebounds.
Matt Bingaya scored 33 points for Fairmont and Jamel Morris added another 23 points for the pace-setting Falcons, who had 40 rebounds.
Morgan Arden scored 31 points and had five assists for the Shepherd women. Liz Myers tossed in 13 points, and freshman Tiffany McKinney had 11 points. Freshman Kari Lankforf scored 10 points and led the Rams with 10 rebounds.
Shepherd outrebounded an opponent for the first time this season, securing 35 missed shots to Fairmont’s 34 rebounds.
The Rams had 20 turnovers and Fairmont had 19 floor errors.
Fairmont placed five players in double figures, led by Amanda Ruffner’s 19 points and Katie Nunan’s 17 points.
Both Shepherd teams were scheduled to play Glenville on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in games twice postponed because of the heavy snow delivered by Storm Jonas.