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Sims lives up to billing, sinks Ship

November 27, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Dorian Sims has a bit of a reputation.

Everyone in the small circle from Shepherd College to Shippensburg University had known of the Reading, Pa. freshman's high school prowess.

On Tuesday, Sims left a calling card.

Shepherd's starting shooting guard acted older than his age, taking the game in hand by scoring eight of the Rams' last 14 points to finish with 24 and help preserve a 78-72 victory over Shippensburg at the Butcher Center.

"Sims is a good player," said Shippensburg coach Dave Springer. "We knew all about him because we watched him in high school. Shepherd helped themselves out when they got him."

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Sims got hot and became Shepherd's go-to guy after Shippensburg found a way to shut down Mark Jennings. The former Hagerstown Community College forward got off to a fast start, scoring 14 of his 19 in the first half. The Red Raiders targeted Jennings in the second half, but he comfortably fell into a complimentary role.

"Sims is a heck of a player," Shepherd coach Ken Tyler said. "He's been in big game after big game. He's a special player. Jennings had a big game, though, too. They are two very talented wing players. Once they get more comfortable with each other, they will cause some real problems."

Shepherd gave itself a working margin with a 21-5 run over a seven-minute, 10-second stretch late in the first half to turn a 23-17 deficit into a 38-28 lead. Jennings scored nine points while center Keith Fanjoy notched eight to key the run.

The Rams held a 40-33 lead at the half, but Shippensburg turned to pressure that hampered Shepherd's ability to bring the ball upcourt. The Red Raiders also looked to limit Jennings' offensive contributions.

"We started running with Alston Ellis on him because we thought he was quicker and wouldn't be beat off the dribble," Springer said. "We were more worried about Jennings than Sims because he is a more experienced player. We had problems finishing in the first half. We missed two wide open looks late. Effort-wise, we were there, but we couldn't hit the shots."

Shippensburg capped a 10-2 spree to move within 54-50 with 11:55 remaining, paced by four points each for David Levetter and Ron Banks.

"That was our first extensive full-court pressure we've seen this year," Tyler said. "We can't prepare for that kind of pressure in practice. We struggled, but it is a testament to the team that they got the ball to the foul shooters."

Jennings turned from scorer to passer, helping the Rams push out to a 63-56 lead. But Shippensburg moved back to within 63-62 on a Banks drive with 6:16 remaining before Sims took control.

Fanjoy finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Keith Davis added 12 points to give the Rams four scorers in double figures. Banks led Shippensburg with 14.

"It wasn't pretty, but we found a way," Tyler said.

Shepherd 78, Shippensburg 72

SHIPPENSBURG (72)

Means 5-9 0-0 10, Banks 5-15 2-2 14, Bogdanovic 4-7 0-0 9, Ellis 3-9 0-0 6, Pavlovic 1-2 0-0 3, Levetter 4-7 5-6 13, Madara 0-2 0-0 0, Hudson 2-6 0-0 4, Goodmn 1-9 2-2 4, Coulibaly 2-3 3-4 7. Totals 27-69 12-14 72.

SHEPHERD COLLEGE (78)

Davis 5-9 2-2 12, Newsom 0-1 0-0 0, Fanjoy 5-8 4-6 14, Sims 9-16 3-4 24, Jennings 8-10 0-2 19, Rheinhardt 0-2 0-0 0, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-2 0-0 0, Sesker 0-0 0-0 0, Stewart 3-5 3-3 9, Slaninka 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-54 12-17 78.

Halftime - Shepherd 40, Shippensburg 33. Three-point baskets - Shippensburg 6-16 (Ellis 2-3, Banks 2-5, Boganovic 1-2, Pavlovic 1-1, Means 0-3, Madara 0-1, Hudson 0-1), Shepherd 6-13 (Jennings 3-4, Sims 3-6, Davis 0-2, Mitchell 0-1). Rebounds - Shippensburg 36 (Bogdanovic 7), Shepherd 34 (Fanjoy 8).

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