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Shepherd holds 4th place in conference race

By Staff | Feb 17, 2017

Even with an 86-66 loss at Wheeling Jesuit, the Shepherd men still occupy fourth place in the 12-school Mountain East Conference.

After falling to the Cardinals, the Rams came home to the Butcher Center where they recorded 67-60 and 102-82 wins over Notre Dame and Urbana. Shepherd was 15-9 overall going into last night’s road game at Charleston.

Against Wheeling Jesuit (18-4 and in third place in the conference standings), Naim Muhammad totaled 17 points with A.J. Carr netting 11 points and Steffen Davis another 11. The Rams were outrebounded 38-26 in the loss.

Shepherd outscored Notre Dame, 40-30, in the second half to reverse a first-half deficit. Muhammad scored 18 points and claimed nine rebounds, Carr had 16, Davis 12 and Winston Burgess 12 points and seven rebounds. The Rams outrebounded the Falcons, 46-35. Notre Dame was 15-8 with the loss.

Shepherd rolled past Urbana with Davis notching 22 points and Skyler Roman 18. Carr had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Muhammad finished with 15 points and Burgess added 11.

The Rams were 36-for-61 (59 percent) from the field and 22-for-28 (79 percent) from the foul line.

The Shepherd women entered last night’s game at Charleston with an 11-15 overall record.

Wheeling Jesuit inflicted an 81-60 loss on the Rams after trailing 38-34 at the half. The Cardinals blitzed the Rams in the third quarter, outscoring them 27-8 in the turnaround quarter.

Morgan Arden scored 14 points, Liz Myers 11 and Cara Mason nine points. Myers had nine rebounds and Mason six assists.

In trimming Notre Dame, the Rams used a 23-15 fourth-quarter scoring advantage to come from behind.

Arden had 18 points, Kayla Tibbs 16 and Myers 12 in the conference win. Shepherd was outrebounded, 50-25, but still managed to win.

Urbana needed to look no farther than the first quarter of its 18-point loss to the Rams. Shepherd outgunned the visitors, 26-12, in the opening period to wing away to the win.

Myers accounted for 18 points and 12 rebounds while Mason added 17 points and 10 assists.

Arden scored 15 points, Tiffany McKinney tossed in 12 and Kari Lankford had another 10 points.

Both Shepherd teams have only one home game remaining and that’s on Feb. 23 against West Virginia Wesleyan. The last regular season game for both teams comes on Feb. 25 at Fairmont.