Shenandoah opens with win over John Jay
The Hornets (1-0) found themselves down 13 points midway through the first, but turned it on to pull past John Jay (0-1).
Trailing 26-13 following an Essien Epps 3-pointer with 8:57 remaining, Shenandoah reeled off a 21-10 run to complete the half and enter the break down just two, 36-34.
The two teams split the initial 12 points of the second half before the hosts asserted control beginning at the16:05 mark.
Junior Malcolm Clark tied the game with a pair of free throws, which also ignited an 18-6 run over the next 6:04that put SU up 58-48 with 10:01 left.
Junior Aaron Patterson, who had a team-high 21 points, had two of his five 3-pointers along with a layup during this spurt.
Epps, who had a game-high 30 points, ended the run with a 3-pointer at 9:45, but the damage was done.
Following another Epps 3-pointer, this one at 8:27, Shenandoah scored 18 of the game’s next 20 points to extend its lead out to 25 with 3:16 left.
Hornets head coach Rob Pryor then emptied his bench, with eight players seeing their initial action of the contest in the waning moments.
SU, which was outrebounded 26-20 in the first, ended the game with a 42-40 advantage on the glass.
The Hornets shot a sizzling 58 percent (21 of 36) in the second stanza.
Shenandoah is back in action Tuesday night at 8 in a non-league home game versus Penn College.
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