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SU roundup: Hornets losing skid continues

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SALEM - Host Roanoke College prevented the Shenandoah University men's basketball team from earning its first-ever ODAC victory by rallying for a 65-61 win over the Hornets Saturday afternoon at the Bast Center.

Shenandoah (3-20, 0-14 ODAC) led by 11 points midway through the second half only to see Roanoke (9-14, 2-12) rally in the final seven minutes.

SU had a 58-47 advantage with 7:11 remaining following a pair of Sharif Almulla free throws, but could only watch as the Maroons scored 18 of the game's final 21 points to steal the victory.

The 11-point lead wasn't actually the Hornets largest lead of the contest. Midway through the first, Shenandoah reeled off a 21-8 run over 6:26 to take a 25-13 lead with 7:51 remaining in the stanza.

SU led 34-29 at the break and after RC started the second on a 13-7 run to take its final lead until the rally, the Hornets led for all but 45 seconds.

As Roanoke made its rally, Shenandoah turned the ball over five times and missed all six of its attempts from the field.

Jared Carithers paced the Hornets with 17 points. Eli McEathron and Dante Seriale added nine each in support of Carithers.

Daniel Eacho and Andrew Daniels had 24 and 17, respectively, for the victors.

RC got itself back into the contest on the strength of a 45-30 advantage on the glass and outscoring the Hornets 26-13 at the charity stripe.

SU hosts Randolph-Macon on Wednesday at 7:00 in the squad's final home game of the season.

Women's basketball
LYNCHBURG - Host Randolph College earned its second ODAC women's basketball victory of the season Saturday afternoon with a 76-64 win over Shenandoah.

The win snaps a 15-game losing streak for Randolph (4-18, 2-12 ODAC) and splits the season series with SU (10-13, 6-8).

Shenandoah, which held a six-point lead midway through the first half, dug itself out of a seven-point hole late in the contest only to see the WildCats rally.

Trailing 51-44 with 10:02 left, SU scored 14 of the game's next 20 points to lead 58-57 following an Ashley McGhee 3-pointer with 4:40 remaining.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, Randolph hit a 3-pointer of its own for its next points and reeled off 14 of the next 17 points to post a 10-point lead with 1:00 remaining.

The 'Cats then coasted home to the 12-point win.

The two teams traded the lead five times and were tied on one other occasion before Randolph took a one-point lead into the halftime locker room on the strength of a 10-3 run to complete the stanza.

Leading 29-23 following a Crystal Petrus 3-pointer with 4:29 remaining, SU saw the 'Cats score 10 of the next 12 points of the contest to lead 33-31 with one minute remaining.

Gabrielle Clarke then hit one of two from the line with 21 seconds, making the first, to bring the visitors within one.

Shenandoah shot 44 percent in the opening 20 minutes, but Randolph used a 23-16 advantage on the glass to secure the one-point lead.

Senior Nicole Gilbertson paced SU with 12 points while Petrus had 12.

Abigail Bullins, who hit the 3-pointer to give the hosts the lead for good, had a game-high 20 points.

Shenandoah concludes its home regular season schedule on Tuesday at 7 against Randolph-Macon. The game is also the program's annual Play4Kay contest.

Men's tennis
WINCHESTER - The Shenandoah University men's tennis team opened up its 2013 spring schedule Saturday evening with a 9-0 non-league loss to Division II Shepherd.

Freshman Zach O'Neal had the closest match, falling 6-2, 2-6, 0-1 (8-10) at No. 6 singles.

Jeremy Parel, at No. 3 singles, had an additional close match. He fell 7-5, 6-2 to Steven Kolumban.

The Hornets won a combined nine games in the remaining seven matches.

The men are now off until hosting Hood College on February 23 in another indoor match at Winchester Country Club.


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