SU roundup: Hornets win in men’s basketball

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EMORY – The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team snapped its three-game losing streak with an 85-75 ODAC win at Emory and Henry on Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (11-5, 3-5 ODAC) led throughout in completing the sweep of the season series with the Wasps (2-15, 0-8).

The Hornets scored the initial eight points of the contest, but had to hold on as Emory and Henry was able to cut the deficit to one point in the first half and to two points on two occasions in the second.

With the lead at just four, 74-70, following a Malcolm Green layup with 3:49 remaining, Shenandoah scored 11 of the game’s final 16 points to seal the victory.

Guards Jared Carithers and Avery Green, who led all scorers with 20 and 19 points, respectively, combined to score those final 11 points.

Green had six points on a field goal and four free throws while Carithers hit one field goal and was 3 of 4 from the line.

In addition to that production, senior guard Bryce Mitchell had 14 points off the bench.

Mitchell had 10 points in the opening stanza.

SU shot 57 percent for the game and had a 36-32 advantage on the glass.

Shenandoah returns home on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ODAC contest against Eastern Mennonite.

Women’s basketball

WINCHESTE – Visiting Lynchburg College completed a season sweep of the Shenandoah Hornets with a 60-53 ODAC women’s basketball victory Saturday afternoon at Shingleton Gymnasium.

Shenandoah (7-10, 4-4 ODAC) fought back from a six-point halftime deficit to takea 30-29 lead at the 15:35 mark, but could not hold on against the league co-leader Lynchburg (10-7, 7-1).

SU took that one-point advantage thanks to a Holly Chittenden layup only to see Lynchburg answer with a Lauren Penley jumper 37 seconds and take the lead for good.

Penley’s jumper from the paint, two of 38 points Lynchburg scored from in-close, started a 15-6 run over the next 7:25 that pushed the visitors lead out to eight points, 44-36, with 8:08 to play.

Lynchburg’s lead eventually extended out to nine points on three occasions, the last with 2:17 remaining, before Shenandoah put on one more push.

Coach C.K. Calhoun’s club answered a Shannon Allan jumper at 2:17 by scoring the next five points in a span of 70 seconds to cut the deficit to four, 55-51, with 67 seconds left.

Unfortunately for the Shingleton Gymnasium faithful, Lynchburg hit five of its final six from the line to clinch the victory.

Senior Crystal Petrus had 15 points for the hosts with Imani Heggins adding 13 and both Ashley McGhee and Chittenden 10 each.

Allan and Penley had 16 each for the victors.

Lynchburg outscored SU 38-24 on points in the paint and had a 39-29 advantage on the glass.

Shenandoah is back in action on Tuesday at Washington and Lee in a 7 p.m. ODAC contest.

Track and field

NEWPORT NEWS — The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams completed the two-day Captains Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University with a number of strong performances.

Coach Andy Marrocco’s men’s team had seven top 10 finishes with the women adding an additional two to complete the invitational.

Freshman Megan Battaglia had the lone women’s individual top 10 finish with a seventh place showing in the 60 meter hurdles.

The remaining women’s top finish came from the 4 x 400 relay team of Emily Cobb, Mary Claire Miller, Shelby Shrader and Battaglia, which finished seventh with a 4:46.67.

Freshman Zachary Dawson paced the SU men with a 12.43 meter triple jump that was good for third place.

In the shot put, senior Evan Griffin was seventh with a toss of 13.22 meters.

Freshmen Anthony Banks and Matthew Gussiaas went 9-10 in the 60 meter hurdles with a 10.87 and a 11.35 seconds, respectively.

Senior Kirk Lewis posted a seventh place showing in the 400 meter dash with a 53.82.

Lewis’ classmate, Ryan Taylor, was seventh in the 800 meters at 2:00.42.

Finally, the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Charles Basil, Donald Shubrooks, Everton Eastwood and Lewis was eighth with a 3:38.49.

Both squads are off until February 8 at the Susquehanna Invitational.