Shepherd runs off four straight win
When Steffen Davis scored on game-deciding layup with just one second remaining against homestanding Notre Dame, Shepherd had posted its fourth straight win and improved its record to 10-6 overall and 7-3 in the Mountain East Conference.
Shepherd had trailed Notre Dame (Ohio) by 15 points in the second half of Monday’s game but used a 26-8 run to take a short-lived three-point lead.
The Falcons had a one point lead when Davis freed himself for a layup that finally gave Shepherd a 78-77 conference win.
Davis had 15 points and now has a total of 1,010 in his career. Naim Muhammad led Shepherd’s scorers with his 19 points to go along with his six assists. Skyler Roman added 12 points and Winston Burgess chipped in with 10 more.
A remarkable statistic saw Shepherd commit only three turnovers in winning for the fourth consecutive time.
In a conference game at home the Rams pounded Charleston, 102-74, with Davis notching 27 points and A.J. Carr scoring another 23. Carr claimed eight rebounds and was credited with five assists. Roman tossed in 13 points, Muhammad had 12 while both Burgess and Mike Reed each scored eight points.
Muhammad handed out five assists. Shepherd was 34-of-61 (55-percent) from the field and made 18-of-21 (85-percent) of its free throws.
The Rams stopped Urbana (Ohio), 84-77, on the road with Carr leading the scoring with 18 points. He had 11 rebounds in the conference success.
Burgess had 15 points, Davis 14 points, Roman 13 points and Muhammad 11 points as all five Shepherd starters scored in double figures.
Both Roman and Muhammad had five assists.
The Rams led, 41-28, at the half. Urbana closed its deficit to just one point, but then the Rams went on a 10-0 run to extend the margin to 76-65.
Shepherd was 31-of-62 (50-percent) from the field.
Last night in the Butcher Center the Rams faced unbeaten (15-0) Fairmont, the nation’s second-ranked NCAA Division II school.