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Troubles pile up for Shepherd men

January 19, 2001

Troubles pile up for Shepherd men



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd College men's basketball team has become a victim of its own single-mindedness.

No matter the situation, the Rams stand firm on their intended plan. So much for spending the night at the Improv.

Shepherd's one-game, one-style of play blew up in its face as more physical West Virginia University-Tech roughed up the Rams Thursday to claim a come-from-behind 66-57 West Virginia Conference victory in a liberally called game at the Butcher Center.

Shepherd played an efficient brand of game in the first half, posting a 32-24 lead by intermission. But when the Golden Bears decided to clear house in the second half, the Rams became deficient in efficiency.

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"They did get physical ... under the rules of basketball," Shepherd coach Denny Alexander said. "I don't mind physical if the game is played the way it's supposed to be played, but your players must adjust and compete and play at the situation at hand."

Tech (7-6, 4-1) took control by spreading Shepherd's defense in the second half to force the chasing Rams into foul trouble. The Golden Bears outscored Shepherd 20-10 in the first 11 1/2 minutes of the second half to take a 44-42 lead, their first advantage of the contest.

Shepherd (6-5, 3-4) edged back ahead for a 50-46 lead but was outscored 20-7 in the final 5 1/2 minutes to let the game slip away. In the stretch, Tech scored only three baskets, but got 17 points from the foul line, including the last eight of the game.

"When you got young men playing the game of basketball, they get frustrated," Alexander said. "When they are frustrated, it's tough to make them stay focused and that makes it tough to make them execute."

Shepherd was whistled for 17 fouls in the second half, allowing Tech to convert on 19 of 26 foul shots.

The Rams' Antar Parkman tried to take over the game to lead Shepherd back, but Tech worked on denying him the ball, limiting him from becoming a major factor down the stretch.

WVU-Tech 66, Shepherd 57



WEST VIRGINIA UNIV.-TECH (66)

Reed 4-6 7-8 15, Wade 0-2 3-4 3, Bigham 7-12 5-7 19, Godfrey 1-6 2-2 5, Thomas 1-3 1-2 3, Sutherland 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-7 3-4 3, Fout 0-1 0-0 0, Funk 3-5 6-9 12, Robinson 2-5 0-2 4, Sharpe 1-4 0-1 2. Totals 19-52 27-39 66.

SHEPHERD (57)

Parkman 7-12 5-6 20, Tapscott 4-7 0-2 9, Cox 3-4 3-4 9, Robbinson 1-6 2-2 4, Newsome 2-6 2-2 6, Stewart 1-1 3-4 5, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Talley 1-3 0-1 2, Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Jenkins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-43 15-21 57.

Halftime-Shepherd 32, WVU-Tech 24. Three-point goals-WVU-Tech 1-13 (Godfrey), Shepherd 2-8 (Parkman, Tapscott).

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