SHEPHERDSTOWN — Shepherd loves the home life.
There’s no doubt the Rams proved it again Monday against Bloomsburg in a rescheduled Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference game at Butcher Center.
Shepherd displayed one of his usual offensive efforts at home in an 88-76 win over the Huskies on Senior Day.
The Rams had one last Wednesday when they scored their most points of the season by stunning East Division leader Millersville 89-71.
“It was a really good win,” said Kyle Daggett, one of Shepherd’s three seniors.
“We’re trying to get two more to qualify for the playoffs.”
The Rams (12-14) clinched a spot in the PSAC playoff tournament with the win.
Shepherd, who went 9-5 at home, scored in the 80s for the fifth time at home. The most points the Rams have scored on the road is 78 points.
“We’re definitely more comfortable at home,” Daggett said. “We have soft rims here.
“But it’s tough on the road in this conference; everyone plays well at home. This team got us when we played them at home.
A 3-pointer from Phillip Jordan gave the Rams 80 points with 4:28 left. His basket gave Shepherd an 82-66 lead at the time.
The Rams looked destined to score in the 90s for the first time this season. This does not happen.
“We kind of had a lull,” Daggett said. “We got a little complacent.”
They could afford it.
The Rams, who held a 46-34 halftime lead, came out strong in the second half.
Shepherd scored 11 of the first 13 points of the second half to build their lead and soon after the Rams extended the lead to 60-38 – the widest gap of the game.
Daggett scored 24 points and fellow senior Cam Stephens scored 15 points. Third senior Noah Winbush also scored, which Daggett noted as important.
Jordan added 19 points and Jon Preston 12.
Justin Anderson’s 21 points paced Bloomsburg (5-20).
Shepherd hosts Shippensburg on Wednesday and travels to Mansfield on Saturday.