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Shepherd men fall

January 30, 2001

Shepherd men fall



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - When the Shepherd College basketball team decides to play offense, it can hang with the best of them.

Unfortunately for the Rams, they make their decision until 33 1/2 minutes into the game against one of the worst in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

For 80 percent of the game, Shepherd was colder than the catch of the day, and about as dead. By the time the Rams warmed up, it was much too late the step out of the deep freeze in what became a 74-67 loss on Monday at the Butcher Center.

Shepherd (6-10, 3-8) lost for the ninth time in 10 games by failing to knock off the icicles hanging from their rim. The Rams hit just 7 of 25 shots (28 percent) - including all eight 3-point tries - to fall behind 34-23 at the half.

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"We had a lot of shots in the first half, but didn't knock them down," Shepherd coach Denny Alexander said. "They went out and made their shots. We need to be more and more consistent with our shooting."

But the Rams were in the game until they realized they were shooting so badly against State (6-12, 2-8), which was voted one of the top three teams in the WVC in preseason voting. Then they lost focus.

Shepherd moved to within 26-23 with 2:19 remaining in the half, but the frigid shooting caught up with them. State closed with an 8-0 run, including six straight points by Carl Chadband, to take the 11-point halftime edge.

"The turning point of the game is when we got within (three) points and then put our heads down because we weren't shooting well," Alexander said. "Then we didn't' play any defense and they got the easy scores."

Alexander sent the Rams to the floor with 9:11 left in the intermission to practice their shooting. It paid off, although it came too late in the second half.

State owned a 65-49 lead when Shepherd started to warm up. Antar Parkman tried to take over the game. The senior scored 15 of his team-high 18 in the final seven minutes to help the Rams close to within 68-64 with 56 seconds remaining.

Shepherd found itself at a disadvantage, falling behind 9-2 in fouls and wasn't near the bonus at the end of the game. It allowed State to close with a 6-3 run to salt the game away, mostly using power moves on the inside.

Chadband finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyrwone Still added nine points and 14 rebounds and Mark Peterson had 15 points, all frontcourt starters for State. Kenny Cox had 15 points for Shepherd.

"Our inability to get into the bonus hurt us. That's something we have to work on," Alexander said. "They are 2-8 and if they are 2-8 ... I don't think so."

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