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Rams ruin return of Dickman

December 22, 2003|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd men's basketball team just might have found the third scoring option it's been lacking this season.

Chad Myers came off the bench to go 13-for-15 from the field Saturday - including 6 of 8 from 3-point range - and finished with 34 points as the Rams spoiled the return of Hood College coach Tom Dickman to his alma mater by beating the Blazers 95-71 at the Butcher Athletic Center.

"A lot of people might have been surprised by Chad's shooting today, but we weren't," Shepherd coach Ken Tyler said. "We see him do that in practice every day. It was just a matter of time until he had a game like that."

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Myers wasn't the only Ram with a hot shooting hand Saturday. Brady Catlett and Mark Jennings - the team's two scorers - finished with 17 and 15 points, while Shepherd shot 75 percent (21-for-28) from the floor in the first half against the first-year program.

"They're tough to defend with their size inside," Dickman said. "Once you become conscious of that and overcompensate, they kick it out and hit the outside shot."

Catlett hit his first four shots of the game - including three 3-pointers - to stake Shepherd (3-4) to an early 12-3 lead.

Darnell Edmonds hit a jumper and Brian Morris hit a 3 to pull Hood (2-2) within 12-8 before the Rams began to slowly pull away.

Myers hit two 3s to spark an 8-0 run to give Shepherd a 29-15 lead. Later, Jennings hit a pair of buckets in a 10-2 run that put the Rams in front, 39-21.

Shepherd outrebounded the Blazers 20-6 in the first half and led 54-32 at the break.

"We played well for three or four minutes in the first half and then the next six minutes they pounded us," Dickman said. "We had a few more good minutes in the second half than we had in the first. They have guys that can shoot and they just crushed us on the boards."

Myers scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half as Shepherd extended its lead to as many as 35 points. Catlett and Jennings completed double-doubles, each pulling down 10 rebounds.

"We talked about not taking them lightly, making sure we're aggressive," Tyler said. "Hood's going to get better and better. They were just a little outmanned today.

"I'm really pleased with our effort. It's definitely going to be a merrier Christmas in the Tyler household."

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