Sunday, March 12, 2017

Shippensburg End VUU Panthers'Season

FAIRMONT, West Virginia -- Virginia Union University's Ray Anderson scored 10 points, but #2-seeded Shippensburg University eliminated the #7-seeded Panthers from the NCAA Tournament 79-59 in the quarter-finals of the NCAA Atlantic Regionals held on Saturday, March 11, in Fairmont, W.V.

Anderson ended his career with 1,995 points, fourth among the all-time scoring leaders at Virginia Union. Only Mike Davis (2,758), A.J. English (2,396) and Jamie Waller (2,298) have scored more points than Anderson in school history.

Shippensburg hit a school-record 18 three-pointers in the game, as the Raiders knocked down treys at a 12-for-19 clip in the second half alone, making 46 percent of their 38 tries.

"They shot lights-out," Virginia Union coach Jay Butler said of the Raiders. "We tried everything in the books defensively. They did a great job of moving the basketball."

Shippensburg's marksmanship disrupted Virginia Union's pressure, which had averaged eight steals a game all season but only forced 12 turnovers.

"It's tough. In our conference, you don't see a lot of teams that shoot like Shippensburg," Butler said. "We thrive off of turnovers and getting out in transition. Today, it was frustrating to not be able to turn them over."

VUU's John Mitchell led the team with six rebounds.

The Panthers end the season with a 22-8 record, their most wins since 2008, and making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2007.



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