SU roundup: Hornets fall to Roanoke in men’s basketball

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WINCHESTER – Host Shenandoah University suffered through a cold shooting performance Saturday afternoon in an 80-75 ODAC men’s basketball loss to Roanoke.

The Hornets (12-9, 4-8 ODAC) shot 36 percent from the field (25 of 69) in the loss to Roanoke (10-10, 4-8).

Included in that performance was a 12 of 39 showing (31 percent) in the opening stanza that helped the Maroons jump out to a 39-32 halftime lead.

Shenandoah, which trailed by all but 90 seconds of the contest, fought back from a eight-point deficit to trail by just one, 73-72, following a Kevin Lecsaint three-point play with 2:04 remaining.

The Hornets scored seven straight points in a span of just 34 seconds, starting with Jared Carithers fast break layup at 2:38, to begin the comeback.

Unfortunately for the capacity crowd at Shingleton Gymnasium, the Maroons answered with seven straight points to regain control of the contest.

Trailing by three points, Shenandoah turned it over on two straight possessions with just more than a minute to play.

Senior Avery Green, who had a game-high 29 points, brought the hosts back into a one-possession contest with nine seconds left, but SU could not force a backcourt steal and Ethan Humphries hit both of his free throws to clinch the victory.

Carithers backed up Green’s 29 points with 10 points.

Daniel Eacho,, the current ODAC Player of the Week, had 27 points and 15 boards for the visitors.

Roanoke outrebounded SU 48-45.

Shenandoah is back in action on Tuesday at Bridgewater in a 7 p.m. ODAC contest.

Women’s basketball
EMORY- Emory and Henry salvaged a split of its season series with Shenandoah by outlasting the Hornets 68-62 in ODAC women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon.

The Wasps (5-16, 3-9 ODAC) jumped out to a 19-8 lead in the opening 9:13 to take total control over SU (8-13, 5-7).

E&H eventually extended its advantage out to 14 points in the opening stanza before taking 38-26 lead into the break.

SU saw its deficit grow to 18 points by the 11:57 mark before turning it on in the final 10 minutes of the contest.

Coach C.K. Calhoun’s club scored 12 straight points from the 11:35 to 8:46 marks to cut the deficit to six, 53-47, with 8:46 remaining.

Sophomore Sarah Dixon got the run started with a three-point play with sophomore Erin French finishing it on a layup.

The Hornets were able to cut the deficit to four on two occasions, the lead following a Holly Chittenden layup with 1:53 left, only to see E&H coast home by scoring five of the game’s final eight points.

Senior Crystal Petrus had a game-high 22 points for the visitors with Chittenden adding 12 and French 11.

The Wasps had four players in double figures with Courtney Puckett pacing this group with 14 points.

Shenandoah hosts Randolph-Macon on Tuesday at 7 in another ODAC contest. This game is also the squad’s Play4Kay event.

Track and field
SELINSBGROVE, Pa. – The Shenandoah University indoor track & field teams had another strong performance this afternoon at the Crusader Invitational hosted by Susquehanna University.

Senior Evan Griffin had the top individual performance on the day with a second place showing in the shot put with a toss of 14.50 meters. He was also ninth in the weight at 14.72 meters.

Griffin’s classmate, Ryan Taylor, was fourth in the 3000 meters at 9:06.84.

Zachary Dawson was fifth in the men’s triple jump at 13.02 meters.

Freshman Anthony Banks rounded out the men’s individual performances by tying for seventh in the high jump with a leap of 1.73 meters.

The remaining top finishes came in the relays.

The women’s 4 x 400 meter relay team of Emily Cobb, Jaclyn Mohlmann, Megan Battaglia and Shelby Shrader, was seventh at 4:34.71.

Nicole Legare, Cobb, Mohlmann and Dorothy Earner was seventh in the 4 x 800 at 10:36.72.

The men’s relays in those two events matched the women’s finishes.

Charles Basil, Donald Shubrooks, David Johnson and Kirk Lewis had a 3:33.94 to finish seventh in the 4 x 400 with Taylor, Lewis, Shubrooks and Basil fourth in the 4 x 800 at 8:41.90.

Both teams are back in action this coming weekend at the Bomber Invitational hosted by Ithaca (N.Y.) College.