Shippensburg University’s men’s basketball team put up its first two wins of 2024 this past week in Heiges Field House after losing nine consecutive games.
The first win came against Cheyney on Wednesday with a 116-71 win. The second win came against Bloomsburg on Saturday, 88-83.
On Wednesday, the Raiders tied the school record for most points in a game with 116. The last time this was done was in 1976 against Messiah University. The team also set a new school record by scoring 20 3-point shots. The previous record was 18, which was done last in 2020 against West Chester University.
Shippensburg was first to put points on the board with a 3-point shot from sophomore Timmy Conner.
Ten minutes into the game, the Raiders had a 35-18 lead over the Wolves when senior Ty Holsopple completed a dunk, making the crowd go wild.
Cheyney managed to bring the game back to within 13 points of the Raiders score but could not manage to keep it.
The Raiders went into halftime with a 20-point lead.
Shippensburg continued to rack up the score throughout the second half, hitting 100 points with 8 minutes left in the game. The Raiders outscored the Wolves 53-28 to complete the record-breaking performance.
Shippensburg was first to score against Bloomsburg with a shot in the paint from graduate Andrew Recchia.
Bloomsburg had just eight available players and managed to hold their own.
The Raiders came back from an early deficit to be up for the remainder of the first half and held a 42-34 advantage.
With 12 minutes left in the second half, Shippensburg boosted their lead to 13 points over the Huskies, but the Huskies rallied to trail by one inside 2 minutes to go.
The Raiders sealed their victory with a jumper from Conner and a putback from redshirt freshman Markus Frank.
Even with injuries to some significant contributors to the team, Shippensburg posted two home wins this week. They are looking to keep their win streak alive as they travel to Millersville next Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.