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Shepherd men begin with 4-4 record, women at 4-7

By Staff | Dec 23, 2016

The Shepherd men have their next three games on the road after going 4-4 to open the season. The Rams own conference wins over Glenville and West Virginia Wesleyan and have losses to Wheeling Jesuit and West Liberty.

Alderson-Broaddus inflicted a recent loss on the Rams at the Butcher Center, winning 74-66. Shepherd defeated Chestnut Hill, 78-57, in Pennsylvania.

Steffen Davis leads the Shepherd scorers with a 17.6 average. A.J. Carr (13.4), Naim Muhammad (11.3), and Skyler Roman (10.5) also average double figures. Winston Burgess (8.1) is the other starter and the most-used reserves are Gavin McTavish (6.8) and freshman Thomas Lang (3.3).

In the Mountain East Conference, Fairmont sports an unbeaten 9-0 overall record and is 4-0 in league games. Charleston, West Liberty and Wheeling Jesuit are all 3-1 in conference games and each of those teams has only one loss overall.

Notre Dame is 8-2 overall but has the same 2-2 league mark as Glenville, West Virginia Wesleyan, West Virginia State and Shepherd.

Concord (1-3), Urbana (0-4) and Virginia-Wise (0-4) are at the bottom of the standings.

The Shepherd women are 4-7 overall after splitting two games in Puerto Rico.

In its first game in Puerto Rico, Shepherd lost a 65-62 decision to Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.

Liz Myers had 21 points and Lauren Reed 14 points for Shepherd, which was outscored, 38-29, in the second half.

The Rams defeated Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 67-50, in their second game on the island.

Shepherd had 49 rebounds and Bayamon had only 26. Morgan Arden, Kayla Tibbs and Myers all scored in double figures for the winning Rams.

Wheeling Jesuit paces the Mountain East Conference women’s standings with its 4-0 league mark. Five teams — Glenville, Virginia-Wise, West Virginia State, West Virginia Wesleyan and Charleston — all have 3-1 conference records.

Fairmont is 2-2 with Shepherd, Notre Dame and West Liberty all showing 1-3 league records.

Urbana and Concord are both at 0-4.

Shepherd’s women will host Virginia State on December 30 at 5:30 p.m. in their next game.