SU roundup: Hornets top Bullets in men’s basketball

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WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday afternoon with a 64-54 non-league victory over Gettysburg.

Shenandoah (4-3) erased a seven-point halftime deficit in earning the win over the Bullets (3-5).

Trailing 35-28 following a Sango Amolo jumper at 17:03, the Hornets reeled off the game’s next seven points in a span of 2:29 to tie it at 35-35 with 14:34.

Senior Avery Green, who had the tying bucket on a layup, was fouled on the play and hit the free throw to give SU its first lead since the 9:02 mark of the first.

But Shenandoah was not done.

The run continued with coach Rob Pryor’s club scoring an additional seven straight points to take a 43-35 lead with 12:57 remaining.

The Hornets led the rest of the way and outscored GC 19-10 over the final 8:29 to coast home to the victory.

Shenandoah clinched the win with an outstanding performance at the line, hitting 17 of 23 shots from the charity stripe (74 percent) in the second half to prevent a Gettysburg comeback.

Green led the victors with 19 points while Jared Carithers added 15.

Xavier Alston had nine points and a team-high seven points off the bench.

Connor Poston had 13 points and Cody Kiefer 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Bullets.

The Hornets take to the road this week with games against Berry (Ga.) and Millsaps (Miss.) on Thursday and Saturday at the Daytona Shootout in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Track and field

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Senior thrower Evan Griffin led the Shenandoah University indoor track & field teams Saturday in their 2013-14 season opener at the Haverford Holiday Invitational.

Griffin won the shot put with a toss of 14.32 meters to pace SU in the non-scoring competition.

Griffin uncorked his school record throw on his second attempt to outdistance teammate Josh McCauley by just less than three meters.

Griffin’s win was one of a host of top performances for the men.

In the triple jump, freshman Enock Prempeh was third with a leap of 12.16 meters.

Donald Shubrooks, Anthony Banks, David Johnson and Jonathan Gery took third through sixth in the long jump with Shubrooks leading the way at 5.80 meters.

Freshman Darrell Gadsden had a school record 8.85 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles to finish fourth and was sixth in the 400 meters with a 55.80.

In the 200 meters, Henry Howell and Bobby Lewis went 4-5 with 24.36 and 24.59, respectively.

Howell was also sixth in the 60 meter dash at 7.32 seconds. He bested both Lewis and Johnson, who each recorded a 7.35.

Senior Ryan Taylor, fresh off of his national championships appearance in cross country, rounded out the top men’s performances with a 2:04.11 in the 800 meters that was good for fourth place overall.

On the women’s side, Emily Cobb was third in the 400 and sixth in the 200 meters. Cobb posted a 1:07.19 in the 400 and a 30.37 in the 200.

Dorothy Earner was fifth in the 1 mile at 5:45.37 with Mary Claire Miller seventh at 6:00.21.

Freshman Megan Mattaglia was third in the 60 meter hurdles with a 12.09.

Both teams are now off for the Christmas break and return to action on January 10 at the Gotham Cup in New York City.