WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University men's basketball team suffered through a cold shooting night in a 63-57 non-league loss to Washington (Md.) Monday evening.
The Hornets (3-3) missed 13 of their initial 15 shots from the field and 6 of their first 8 from the line in falling to the Shoremen (3-5).
Washington actually started colder, missing its first eight shots from the field, but recovered enough to shoot 38 percent (15-of-40) in the first half to take a 37-28 lead into the break.
The Shoremen fueled that nine-point halftime advantage with a 17-2 run from the 15:04 to 9:43 marks of the first that gave the visitors a 19-6 lead.
Aaron Patterson, who had eight points off the bench, briefly paused this run by making 1 of 2 from the line at 9:22 only to see WC score the game's next six points in a 98-second span to expand its lead to 18, 25-7, with 7:09 remaining.
Trailing by 16 with 3:03 left, Shenandoah scored 10 of the final 13 points of the first to cut the deficit to nine.
A 14-4 run, which featured a pair of Kwa McDonald 3-pointers and a Patterson dunk, brought the Hornets nearly all the way back.
Jonah Meredith completed this spurt with a pair of free throws at 6:32 to make it 45-44 in favor of the visitors, but this would be as close as SU would come.
Washington answered with seven straight points, all from Tas Dixon, and held at least a two-point lead the rest of the way.
The Shoremen, led by Dixon's 11-of-13 performance, finished 21-of-26 from the line (81 percent) for the game. In that closing stretch following Meredith's two free throws, Washington College was 16-of-18 from the charity stripe.
Shenandoah, which had a 51-48 advantage on the glass, was 12-of-24 from the line for the game.
SU ended up shooting 32 percent (20-of-63) from the field.
Dixon had 15 points for the Shoremen.
Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday versus Randolph in a 2 p.m. ODAC home contest.