Virginia State defeated the Shippensburg University men’s basketball team Saturday night at the Trojan Tip-Off Classic, dropping an 85-75 decision on the Trojans home court.
Shippensburg (1-1) opened the second half on a 14-3 run to flip a nine-point halftime deficit into a two-point lead. SU trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half but used a 10-0 run to chip away at its initial deficit.
Virginia State (1-0) began an 15-2 run with 9:36 remaining to bolster a two-point lead into a 15-point advantage. SU once again managed to get within five points of the lead with 85 seconds left; but the Raiders got no closer.
The host Trojans shot 50.7 percent from the field and outscored the Raiders in the paint, 40-28. SU shot 42%rebounds, blocks, from the field, including 8-of-20 (40 percent) from three-point range.
Junior Luke Nedrow (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic (Marist)) led the Raiders with 21 points – his second career 20-point game. Nedrow made a career-high three three-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and two blocks in 30 minutes of action before fouling out.
Redshirt-junior Rashon Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz (Highland C.C.)) posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Kiyon Hardy (Philadelphia, Pa./The Shipley School (Kutztown)) had 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and junior Carlos Carter (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Francis Fitzgerald scored 23 points for the Trojans. He was one rebound shy of a double-double. He was 9-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Virginia State out-rebounded the Raiders, 45-31, and had 17 second-chance points.
Shippensburg will host Wilmington (Del.) at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Heiges Field House.