SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Danley Shank's left ankle might have been heavily iced after the game, but the fact that his foot was attached to his leg was an indication that Assumption College had failed.
The Shepherd University forward - despite turning his ankle within the first two minutes of the game - scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the second half to propel the Rams to a 76-72 come-from-behind victory in the opening round of the Clarion Hotel Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night. It was the season opener for the Rams.
"My teammates were expecting me to go," Shank said, "and it's still connected, so I can play on it."
Shepherd will face Pfeiffer University - a 85-61 winner over Gannon University in the other first-round game - tonight for the championship.
Down by 18 points at halftime, the Rams roared back with a 13-3 run behind Shank and Darren Stackhouse to close the gap to 47-39 with 15:34 left.