By BOB PARASILITI
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Ron Fitzpatrick isn't the type of freshman whose elbowing to get ahead. He'll gladly accept donations.
Fitzpatrick scored his only two points of the game on a gift from West Liberty's Jeff Respecki with 53 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday to lift Shepherd College to an 86-82 West Virginia Conference victory at the Butcher Athletic Center.
The Rams (2-1, 1-0) completed their fourth major comeback of the game on Rashad Crutchfield's 15-foot baseline jumper to take a 81-80 lead. On the basket, Shepherd slapped a full court press, leading to Fitzpatrick's steal and lay in.
"Rashad moved and pushed (Respecki) over my way," Fitzpatrick said. "Then when he turned around, there was the ball. He just kind of handed it to me."