Carey rallies past Blue Mountain, 74-70

Sheppard posts 4th consecutive double-double

Carey rallies past Blue Mountain, 74-70
Carey coach Steve Knight (center) has led the Crusaders to wins in 10 of their last 11 games. (Source: Photo WDAM)

BLUE MOUNTAIN, MS (WDAM) _ A 3-point basket by senior point guard Javonte McDonald capped a second-half run that lifted No. 22 William Carey University into the lead for good and the Crusaders went on to a 74-70 victory Thursday night at Blue Mountain College.

Carey (11-4) remained unbeaten in Southern States Athletic Conference at 7-0 as the Crusaders rallied from a 45-41 halftime deficit to win their fourth consecutive game and 10th in their last 11.

Blue Mountain (7-5, 1-5 SSAC) went 8-of-16 beyond the 3-point arc in the first half to take the lead. But the Toppers shot just 32 percent in the second half and missed all six of their 3-point attempts after the break.

The Crusaders used a 14-5 run to grab a 64-57 lead with 10 minutes, 13 seconds, to play in the game. Blue Mountain pulled within a point twice, but the Crusaders answered with baskets on both occasions to keep the Toppers at bay.

Carey senior forward Branden Sheppard posted a double-double for the fourth consecutive game, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Senior wing Leito Holloway added 12 points and five rebounds, while junior wings Brandon Cranford and Cameron Douglas scored nine points apiece.

Blue Mountain got a game-high 33 points from junior guard Jonah Simpson and 12 points from senior guard Harrison Fancher.

Carey will remain on the road in SSAC play, visiting Bethel University (10-5, 5-1) in McKenzie, Tenn., at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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