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Men's Hoops Falls at Home

The men's basketball team shot 32 percent from the field Monday in a 63-57 non-league loss to Washington (Md.).
The men's basketball team shot 32 percent from the field Monday in a 63-57 non-league loss to Washington (Md.).

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.

McDonald led the hosts with 17 points with Jalyn Jarrett adding 11. Christopher Chaney had 14 of the Hornets 51 rebounds.

Dixon had 15 points for the Shoremen.

Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday versus Randolph in a 2 p.m. ODAC home contest.