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Just one look is all it took for Shank, Rams

February 02, 2007|by JOHN O'BRIEN / Staff Correspondent

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University's Danley Shank had a game in eight minutes Thursday.

The senior forward hit all nine of his shots and scored 22 points in the first eight minutes of the second half in the Rams' 94-62 win over hapless Glenville State.

The Rams (12-8, 6-5 West Virginia Conference) led by only two against the Pioneers, who have not won in 11 conference games and are 3-17 overall.

That's when Shepherd coach Ken Tyler "looked" to his on-court leader.

"He didn't really say anything," Shank said. "I got that look. That was enough."

And it was too much for the Pioneers, who watched Shank score Shepherd's first six points of the second half to make it 42-38 with 18:35 left. From there, Yves Moliva hit a jumper to extend the lead, then Shank scored in transition, hit a pair of free throws, scored on an inbounds play, hit a 3-pointer, scored again on an inbounds play, blocked a shot and hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and scored a layup in transition that made it 60-45 with just more than 12 minutes left to play.

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At that point, Shank had 22 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in the first eight minutes of the half. For the game, he scored 27 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out three assists, blocked three shots and had four steals. He shot 10 of 13 from the floor.

"Danley, in my opinion, is one of the top five players in the league this year," Tyler said. "I believe he's on his way to first-team all-conference and it showed tonight. When he leaves Shepherd, he'll have a chance to be a top-10 scorer, and I believe he'll be a Hall of Famer."

Moliva added 15 points, Barry Cornish 13 and Davon Deans 10 for the Rams.

Glenville State was led by Marcus Catney's 14, Deon Briscoe's 11 and Chase Groves' 10. The Pioneers shot only 28 percent in the second half, compared to 47 in the first.

Tyler said his team decided to start going under ball screens on defense and forcing the Pioneers to beat them with outside shooting.

It was Shepherd's first conference win at home in five tries. The Rams have lost to West Liberty, Wheeling Jesuit, Charleston and West Virginia State at the Butcher Center. All four teams are ranked in the top six of the league standings.

Glenville State remained the only winless team in the conference. The Pioneers shot 5 of 23 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 49-24.

"We knew in the first half we were lucky to be up two," Shank said. "We didn't want it to go down to the wire. We knew if we played like that in the second half, anything could happen."

And he personally took care of it, despite his two-point first half where Tyler said his team was merely "treading water."

"Not only did (Shank) play great, I thought he inspired his teammates and lifted them up," Tyler said.

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