Rams balance their wins and losses
The Rams overpowered the visiting Yellow Jackets with a 29-7 lead to open the Mountain East Conference game.
Shepherd had increased its lead all the way to 61-26 by halftime.
West Virginia State was 5-8 overall with the loss.
A telling 16-of-29 shooting from three-point range buoyed the Rams, who also finished 41-of-76 (53.9-percent) from the field.
Skyler Roman scored a game-high 25 points and had six assists for the Rams. Steffen Davis added 18 points with A.J. Carr scoring another 15 and Naim Muhammad getting an additional 14 points. Muhammad had eight rebounds and five assists. Winston Burgess added nine points.
Shepherd’s win one, lose one routine was maintained when the Rams tripped Concord, 87-74, in Athens but then dropped a 78-69 decision to UVa.-Wise in Wise, leaving the overall record at 6-6 and the Mountain East Conference mark at 3-3.
Senior Naim Muhammad went over the 1,000 point mark for his career.
In stopping Concord (5-6 overall and 1-3 in the league), the Rams placed five players in double figures with Davis pacing the scoring with 17 points. Carr had 15, Roman 14, Gavin McTavish 12 and Thomas Lang 10.
Shepherd led, 44-35, at the half and extended its lead to 62-44 with 13:20 left.
In falling to UVa.-Wise, the Rams were outpointed, 43-33 in the second half.
Carr (18 points), Roman (15), Davis (13) and McTavish (12) were Shepherd’s double-figure scorers.
Shepherd made just 39.7-percent of its field goal tries and 23.5-percent of its three-point attempts.
Outscoring visiting West Virginia State, 27-13, in the turnaround second quarter helped the Shepherd women snap a losing streak with an 87-78 conference win. Shepherd also outpointed the Yellowjackets, 22-13 in the third period.
The Rams improved to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the league. West Virginia State was 7-6 overall and 4-3 in the league with the loss.
Morgan Arden scored 21 points and claimed six rebounds for the winning Rams. Lauren Reed added 18 points and Kari Lankford scored 13 points. Liz Myers had another double-double with her 10 points and 11 rebounds. Reserve Kayla Tibbs had 15 points off the bench.
Shepherd went 32-for-63 (51-percent) from the field and made 9-of-15 (60-percent) on three-point attempts.
The Shepherd women were beaten, 72-69, by a Concord team that was winning its first conference game. Concord was just 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the league with the win.
Even though it committed 25 turnovers, the Mountain Lions prevailed, partly because Shepherd made just 11-of-21 (52 percent) of its free throws. Arden (11-of-17 shooting from the field) scored 29 points for the Rams with Cara Mason counting 15 points and Tiffany McKinney 11.
Shepherd was flattened, 81-42, on the road by UVa.-Wise. Tibbs was the lone player in double figures with her 11 points. Arden went 1-for-7 from the field, was saddled with four fouls in only 19 minutes of playing time and finished with just three points.
The Rams were badly outrebounded, 49-28, in the 39-point loss.