Wednesday night, the Raider’s men’s basketball team won against Shepard in a close match at Heiges Field House. In this Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup, Ship’s Johnson lead the Raiders in scoring for his third straight game.
How it happened
The Shippensburg University men’s basketball team won against Shepherd on Wednesday night, 66-60, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup at Heiges Field House.
Shippensburg (11-4, 8-2 PSAC) and Shepherd (5-8, 1-6 PSAC) exchanged huge runs in the first half. The Raiders went on a 20-0 run beginning at the 17:27 mark of the first half to take a 22-5 lead before the game was 10 minutes old. The Rams then countered with a 16-2 run over the next 5:29, and outscored Shippensburg 22-8 over the final 10 minutes of the half to get within three at halftime.
SU led by 11 points with 13:24 to play, but Shepherd countered with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to get within a bucket.
With 44 seconds left and the Raiders only up by one, junior Carlos Carter (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) side-stepped and hit a pullup three-pointer to put the Raiders up by two possessions, 64-60. Shepherd missed a three-pointer and a layup down the stretch, and redshirt-junior Rashon Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz (Highland C.C.)) hit a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to officially ice the game.
In the box score
Johnson led the Raiders men’s basketball team against Shepard. In scoring for the third straight game he finished with a game-high 22 points. Johnson was 6-of-12 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. He put up seven rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal.
Carter dropped 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Carter shot 5-of-12 from the field. Redshirt-junior Dom Sleva (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) was 6-of-8 from the field and hung up 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
Graduate Jake Biss (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) made three three-pointers for nine points and tied the game high with eight assists. He did not commit a turnover. Junior Luke Nedrow (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic (Marist)) had six points and seven rebounds. Senior Kiyon Hardy (Philadelphia, Pa./The Shipley School (Kutztown)) had four points, four assists and two rebounds.
The Raiders matched a season high with 20 assists and committed just nine turnovers. The teams combined for 20 three-pointers.
Shepherd’s Cam Stephens fell two assists shy of a triple-double. Stephens had 16 points, a game-high 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Kyle Daggett scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jarrod Robinson and Phillip Jordan each scored 10 points.
Shippensburg will host Lock Haven at 3 p.m. Saturday at Heiges Field House.