Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

UC Men Come Up Just Short in Loss to Shepherd

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

UC Men Come Up Just Short in Loss to Shepherd

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Shepherd's defense withstood the University of Charleston's final possession as the Rams held on to a 75-74 win over the Golden Eagles Thursday night at the Wehrle Athletic Arena in a Mountain East Conference men's basketball matchup. UC cut a six-point deficit to just one with two minutes left. With 31 seconds remaining, Shepherd's A.J. Carr blocked a shot by UC's Justin Coleman, and the loose ball went to the Golden Eagles' Shaq Speights, whose 3 at the buzzer was off the mark.

Carr had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Rams (16-9, 13-6 MEC). Skyler Roman had 15 points and Winston Burgess and Naim Muhammad each had 14 for Shepherd.

Coleman had another double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds for UC (14-11, 8-11). Keir Anderson had a team-best 21 points and Jordan Smith came off the bench to add 11 for the Golden Eagles.

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WVSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Amanda Ruffner poured in 29 points as Fairmont State held on to hand West Virginia State an 86-78 loss Thursday at the Walker Convocation Center in Institute.

Fairmont State held a 67-54 lead after three quarters, but the Yellow Jackets cut the deficit to just six after WVSU's Ameia Summers hit a layup with 8:46 remaining.

West Virginia State would get no closer, however, as the Falcons used a 10-3 mini-run over the next two minutes and made 5 of 5 at the free-throw line to keep the Yellow Jackets at bay.

Mackenize White added 21 points and 10 rebounds, Deirdre Combs chipped in 15 points and 15 boards and Emily Puskarich donated 12 points for the Falcons (16-10, 13-7 Mountain East Conference).

Aurreshae Hines had 22 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (13-13, 10-10), while Shealyn Shafer scored 14 and Rachel Ward added 12.

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UC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The University of Charleston shot just 33 percent from the floor and committed 22 turnovers as the Golden Eagles fell to Shepherd 70-59 Thursday at the Wehrle Athletic Arena. …

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