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Rams make addition to Christmas wish list

December 23, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Sometime around the middle of Saturday's game, Shepherd College basketball coach Ken Tyler completed his Christmas list.

"I told my assistants after the game that I want one of those," he said, motioning to Bowie State's locker room on the other side of the Butcher Center.

It's fashionable for basketball coaches to want aggressive, 6-foot-9 big men, but that's a commodity that rarely comes off the rack. Still, Bowie State must have been on Santa's good list at one time.

Bowie State powered its way past Shepherd College as big men Tim Washington and Jon Smith combined for 36 points and 16 rebounds in a 85-69 victory which could have easily been a whole lot worse.

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Bowie State (7-1) used its advantages to turn Shepherd's day into an ongoing chemistry project. First the Rams had to figure how to defend against the Bulldogs' size, and then they had to find players who wanted to play Bowie State's style of game.

"We knew we couldn't match up with them inside," Tyler said. "They are too big and too talented. They presented too many matchup problems. We had to play close to a perfect game to beat them."

Washington ruled the paint by hitting 10 of his 11 shots, while Jon Smith connected on five of his nine. Most were on strong moves in the paint.

Meanwhile, Shepherd went from man-to-man defense to a 2-3 zone to help 6-foot-10 Keith Fanjoy and 6-foot-5 Keith Davis try to combat Bowie's inside game. The ploy worked for a while, but the Rams could never dig out of an early 17-point hole.

"We talked before the game about not being afraid," Tyler said. "We had 15 feet of post player sitting on the bench in street clothes. If we had those guys standing on the backside and getting some offside rebounds ... We are so depleted sizewise."

With 7-foot-4 Matt Slaninka and 6-foot-9 Laurynas Inokaitis out of the lineup, it left it up to the smaller Rams to mix it up with the Bulldogs. Dorian Sims, Kevin Newsome and Ron Rheinhardt seemed most comfortable playing Bowie's more athletic style and kept the Rams in the game until an 18-4 run late turned an eight-point game into an 83-61 runaway with 30 seconds remaining.

Rheinhardt came off the bench to lead Shepherd with 12 points, while Mike Jennings - held in check by Bowie's physical play - finished with 11. Dorian Sims had 10.

Shepherd made a big move to get back in the game, closing the deficit to 52-47 with an 11-4 run, sparked by six points from Davis. But a Jennings turnover resulted in a Washington tip-in to shift the momentum.

"I'm proud of the effort," Tyler said. "They fought and scratched to get back within seven, (then) five. Then we had a key turnover and didn't execute on offense in the clutch. Washington comes through with 10 of 11 ... that's tough to beat."

Bowie State 85, Shepherd 66


BOWIE STATE (85)

McMurray 3-8 1-1 8, J. Smith 5-9 1-2 11, O. Smith 4-12 0-0 10, Washington 10-11 5-6 25, Moss-Kelley 5-8 2-2 15, Van Norden 0-2 0-0 0, Hampton 1-4 1-4 3, Ross 1-1 0-0 3, Como 0-0 0-0 0, Wright-Nelson 1-1 0-0 3, Lewis 1-1 3-4 5, Thornton 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-58 13-19 85.

SHEPHERD COLLEGE (66)

Sims 4-14 0-0 10, Jennings 3-12 4-4 11, Davis 4-9 0-1 8, Newsom 2-4 0-0 4, Fanjooy 3-8 1-2 7, Rheinhadt 5-9 0-0 12, Myers 2-2 0-0 5, Sesker 1-1 1-2 3, Boswell 0-0 0-0 0, Stewart 3-8 0-0 6, Shank 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-67 6-9 66.

Halftime - Bowie State 38, Shepherd 27. Three-point baskets - Bowie State 8-21 (Moss-Kelley 3-5, O. Smith 2-9, McMurray 1-3, Ross 1-1, Wright-Nelson 1-1, Van Norden 0-2), Shepherd 6-14 (Rheinhardt 2-3, Sims 2-6, Jennings 1-3, Myers 1-1, Stewart 0-1). Rebounds - Bowie State 35 (J. Smith 11), Shepherd 35 (Jennings, Fanjoy 7).

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