Shippensburg University´s men´s basketball team collected three wins in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchups over the last week.
On Monday, the Raiders beat West Chester in Heiges Field House with a dominating performance of 84-68.
After a short lead for West Chester, SU answered with a 13-0 run and did not give up the lead for the rest of the game. In the first half, Shippensburg shot for 57.7% from the field and went into halftime with a 42-33 lead.
A 13-1 run by the Raiders after the break gave the team a 21-point lead early in the second half. After that, the Raiders held on to their team and did not drop below double digits with their advantage.
All five Shippensburg starters scored double digits. Senior Carlos Carter led the team with 23 points and nine rebounds and graduate Luke Nedrow scored a season-high 19 points. Graduate Dom Sleva grabbed a team-high of 11 rebounds.
Shippensburg traveled on Wednesday to secure a win over Kutztown University in the KU Keystone Arena, 87-80, and clinched their spot in the PSAC playoffs.
The first half ended with a 10-point lead for the Raiders, 43-33. In the second half, they grew the margin to 19 points, 60-41, with just over thirteen-and-a-half-minutes left, before a late scoring drought allowed Kutztown to turn the game into a two-possession game.
SU held on and used patience against KU´s defense to bring the game home 87-80.
The game featured a season high in assists for the Raiders with 23, and they finished just two points shy of their season-high point total.
Carter almost achieved Shippensburg´s first triple-double on record with 23 points and 13 rebounds, but was two assists shy of reaching it with eight assists. The 13 rebounds were a new career-high for Carter, and his eight assists tied his previous best.
Freshman Trey Martin scored a career high of nine points, and Nedrow had 16 points and eight rebounds. Sleva recorded double-double number 15 this season with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, which makes him the leader in NCAA Division II for doubles as of February 10.
On Saturday, Shippensburg travelled to Mansfield to clinch the win in overtime, 80-79.
The Raiders led at halftime, 38-33, and were up by as many as 14 points in the first half.
With 3:32 left on the clock, the comfortable eight-point lead for Shippensburg shrunk to a single point, and shortly after Mansfield tied the game at 66-66. Carter scored an and-one layup, but Mansfield responded by sinking a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Mansfield scored the first six points and took their first lead of the game. Shippensburg fought back and gained the lead back.
In the final seconds of overtime, Mansfield, down by one, had the chance to a game-winning basket, but the Raiders defense forced Mansfield into a difficult shot and they missed.
Mansfield had the chance to make two potential game-winning baskets, one in regular time and the one in overtime, but did not come through for either.
Carter led the team with 22 points in the game, and senior Rashon Johnson, who played the full 45 minutes, had his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Sleva scored the game-winning basket with 20 seconds left in overtime and finished the game with 19 points and 20 rebounds. The 20 rebounds tie his career-high that he set earlier this season.
The Raiders will have two home games this week, playing Millersville on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Bloomsburg on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Heiges Field House.
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