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13 February 2017 Sports

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team clinched its best-ever ODAC record with a 69-64 home win over Hampden-Sydney Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (9-14, 5-9 ODAC) won for the second consecutive time at home over Hampden-Sydney (10-13, 6-8) in the squad’s fifth league win of the year.

The five wins surpasses the 2013-14 squad for most ODAC victories since the school joined the league for the 2012-13 season.

SU led for more than 38 minutes in the victory over the Tigers – although the two teams swapped the lead four times, H-SC led for just 32 seconds of the 40-minute contest.

The visitors second and final lead came with 9:45 to play as Hunter Kuehn hit a jumper in the lane to put the Tigers up one, 47-46.

Junior Kwa McDonald, who had a co-game-high 20 points, answered Kuehn’s jumper with a 3-pointer 17 seconds later and Shenandoah never trailed again.

McDonald’s ‘3’, one of two he had on the day, kick-started an 11-2 run over the next 3:13 that gave the Hornets a 57-49 lead with 6:15 remaining.

The Hornets would lead by at least three points the rest of the way.

H-SC was able to cut it to that three-point margin, 67-64, with 1.6 seconds remaining thanks to a Malik Crute steal and layup, but the Tigers were whistled for a technical foul on the ensuing inbounds and McDonald hit both the subsequent free throws to ice the victory.

Senior Malcolm Clark matched McDonald with 20 points while adding 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season with Derrick Perry adding 11 points.

Kuehn had 12 points to lead H-SC.

Shenandoah takes to the road on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ODAC contest at Virginia Wesleyan.


From suhornets.com

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