The Rams (17-9,14-6 MEC) dominated on the road against WVSU (6-20,3-17 MEC), winning 81-69 on Saturday’s match up.
The last game of a two-game road trip, the Rams seemed poised and focused. After squeezing by Charlestown the game before, the Rams came out guns blazing.
Scoring the game’s first nine points, Shepherd jumped to an early lead. After the first half, the Rams lead comfortably 50-31.
During the second half, the Yellow Jackets battled back. Led by Earnest Jennings 20 point effort, WSVU managed to cut the lead to seven with 9:11 remaining in the game. With momentum on their side, the yellow jackets looked to capitalize but couldn’t. After two made free-throws, the Rams expanded their lead and put the game away.
Senior Naim Muhammad lead all scorers with 30 points on 8-9 shooting and 13-14 from the foul line. Scoring 18 in the second half, Muhammad’s effort helped put the game away. Junior AJ Carr also had a big day scoring 24 points on 8-16 shooting from the floor. Carr also reached his 1000-point landmark, joining fellow teammates Steffen Davis and Naim Muhammad. Junior Steffen Davis also contributed to the game scoring 12 points.
Coach Namolik spoke on the performance after the game saying, “We know how hard it is to win on the road and we did a good job of being up for the challenge and fighting together to do what was needed to win the game.”
Coming home for senior night, Namolik spoke on behalf of his seniors:
“Our two seniors, Naim Muhammad and Mike Reed, have done a lot for our basketball program. I know that our team is going to do everything we can to ensure that their last game at the Butcher Center is a victory,” Namolik said.
The Rams are back in action at home Thursday Feb 23. Against West Virginia Wesleyan for Senior Night.