Shepherd topples top seed

February 28, 1997

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Richie Sutherland scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in leading No. 8 seed Shepherd to a 90-85 win Thursday over top-seed Salem-Teikyo in the quarterfinals of the West Virginia Conference men's basketball tournament.

The loss snapped a 24-game winning streak for Salem-Teikyo, ranked No. 2 nationally in Division II.

Salem-Teikyo (25-2) played like the top seed early, building a 17-point lead in the first half and holding a 47-37 edge at halftime.

But Shepherd whittled away and took its first lead, 76-75, on a Rashad Crutchfield layup with 4:34 to play.

Shepherd (13-15) took the lead for good on a jumper by Sutherland with 45 seconds left that made the score 82-80.

Shepherd went 8 of 10 from the foul line in the final 30 seconds to seal the win. Duane Harris converted four foul shots in the last 12 seconds, including two for a technical foul assessed against Salem-Teikyo coach Mike Carey.


Shepherd hit 19 of 21 free throws in the game. Salem-Teikyo was just 8 of 19 from the line.

``When you win as many games as they've won, I think they may have gotten a little nervous at the end,'' said Shepherd coach Denny Alexander.

Tommy Feagin led Salem-Teikyo with 21 points and Terrance Springer added 18.

With its regular-season now over, Salem-Teikyo now must wait for the Division II tournament drawings to be announced.

Shepherd faces Concord (16-12) tonight at 7 for the right to advance to the championship game.

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