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SU roundup: Shenandoah tops Lynchburg


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The Shenandoah University women's basketball team earned its third straight home win Saturday afternoon with a 50-44 ODAC victory over Lynchburg.

Shenandoah (9-10, 5-5 ODAC) won for the third straight time over the LC Hornets (11-7, 6-4) by holding three of Lynchburg's five starters to combined two points.

SU, which was without the services of starting point guard Sara D'Amico, saw backup point guard Ashley McGhee play all 40 minutes and contribute a career-high nine points towards the victory.

McGhee, who had a previous career high of seven points, scored the first eight points of the game for the hosts as she canned two 3-pointers and had a layup in the opening 2:54 of the contest.

After jumping out to an 8-2 lead, Shenandoah saw its fellow Hornets battle back to tie the game at 11 by the 13:25 mark.

From this point on, the two teams remained within five points of each other until SU finally pulled away by scoring nine of the final 14 points of the contest.

The game was tied on 10 occasions and the two teams traded the lead six times before senior Nicole Gilbertson gave Shenandoah the lead for good on a jumper at 9:02.

Gilbertson's bucket, one of three she had on the afternoon, started a 5-0 run for the SU Hornets and effectively sealed the contest.

Lynchburg was able to cut the deficit to two points with 3:49 remaining, but Crystal Petrus answered with a 3-pointer on the ensuing trip down the floor and then the hosts hit 6 of 8 from the charity stripe in the final 2:38 to seal the victory.

Petrus had her fourth double-double of the season with game-highs in points, 19, and rebounds, 10.

The production is also a new career high for the junior.

Shannon Allan, the leading scorer in the ODAC, had 18 points for the visitors.

Shenandoah held LC to 20 points under its scoring average.

Shenandoah takes to the road on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game at Eastern Mennonite.

Men's basketball
Visiting Randolph College used a 10-point run midway through the first half Saturday afternoon to key a 65-50 ODAC men's basketball victory over Shenandoah.

The WildCats (16-3, 7-3 ODAC) outscored SU 12-2 from the 10:38 to 4:33 marks to pull away from SU (3-16, 0-10).

Colton Hunt, the league's leading scorer, did most of the damage as he had nine of the 12 points in the spurt.

Shenandoah continued to battle, cutting the deficit to four points by the 3:09 mark as Eli McEathron scored five consecutive points, but Randolph answered with a 10-2 run to finish the first half.

Hunt again was the story, hitting a 3-pointer and a jumper in the final 12 seconds of the stanza.

The two teams played the second half relatively even, with RC outscoring its hosts 33-30, but the 'Cats held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.

SU was able to get within 11 points on four occasions, the last with 13:56 remaining following a Sharif Almulla jumper at 13:56 left, before seeing the WildCats seal the victory with a 22-8 run over a span of 10:04.

The Hornets then finished the game by scoring 11 of the game's final 12 points, the last a Billy Brennan layup as time expired.

McEathron led the hosts with 13 points while Carithers added 11.

Hunt had a game-high 22 for the 'Cats.

Shenandoah travels to Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Track and field
NEWARK, Del. - Shenandoah University had a strong performance in its return to the track Saturday afternoon at the Thompson Invitational hosted by the University of Delaware.

The throwers led the Hornets in the predominantly Division I meet with senior Amanda Theall winning the women's weight with a toss of 15.44 meters.

This season-best throw is also the best throw in the ODAC this winter.

On the men's side, junior Evan Griffin was 10th in the shot put at 13.12 meters and fifth in the weight at 14.14 meters.

Both throws are new school records.

Sophomore Jaclyn Mohlmann was second among DIII athletes, and ninth overall, in the high jump with a leap of 1.50 meters.

Breana Hagwood paced the sprinters with a 22nd place showing in the 400 meters. She posted a 1:04.63.

Finally, junior Dorothy Earner was eighth in the 5000 meters at 19:32.68.

Complete results will be available later Saturday evening.

The two squads are back in action on February 15 at the NYU FastTrack Invitational.

Baseball
TUCSON, Ariz. - Shenandoah University had two pitchers named as 'Players to Watch' by Collegiate Baseball in selections announced recently by the magazine.

Senior Nick McMahon and sophomore Matt Riegler were both named to the list, which was chosen by Division III coaches across the nation.

McMahon, a starter, had a breakout season last spring with a 6-1 record in eight appearances for the Hornets.

McMahon posted a 3.19 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings pitched and was the winning pitcher in a 5-3 victory over N.C. Wesleyan in the opening game of the 2012 USA South Conference Tournament.

Riegler, the squad's closer, took the region by storm last spring on his way to being named 2012 USA South Conference Rookie of the Year.

In 20 appearances, Riegler was 4-0 with six saves and 23 strikeouts in 32 1/3 inning pitched.

He was also named as the USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week on two occasions and second team All-State by VaSID.



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