Blue Knight teams split with Concord


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ATHENS, W. Va. – Urbana University’s late-season roll continued Thursday night after picking up a big 90-84 road win over Concord inside the Carter Center in women’s basketball. With the victory, UU (11-12, 10-9) moved past .500 in conference play while extending its win streak to a season-high four games.

In the late game on Thursday, the UU men fell, 93-90, to drop to 1-23 overall.

After witnessing a 16-point lead disintegrate in the second half, the UU women did everything they could to hold on. And once again, it was the play of senior Kennedy Boggs in the final seconds that pushed the Blue Knights over the top.

UU held a three-point lead as Concord grabbed possession with the opportunity to tie the game in the final minute. That’s when Boggs stepped up by recording a clutch steal with 13 seconds left, which led to a pair of UU free throws at the other end. It was exactly one week ago that Boggs stole the ball with 12 seconds remaining against Fairmont State, leading UU to a last-second win at home.

Three UU players scored over 20 points, led by Danie Shafer who scored 24 and grabbed seven boards. Jazmyn Haley registered her third straight double-double with 23 points and 10 boards, while Boggs totaled 21 points, seven caroms and six assists.

UU shot 44 percent and made 21 of 26 free-throw attempts. Concord (5-20, 2-16) shot 40 percent from the floor, and was paced by Danielle Catron’s 20-point effort.

The Blue Knights dominated the glass 52-39, which was UU’s highest positive rebounding margin (13) against an MEC foe this season.

UU started off hot by making seven of its first 10 shot attempts, followed by a 10-0 spurt near the end of the quarter to go ahead 29-18 after one period. Haley scored 13 points in the first frame.

The Blue Knights stayed out in front and went ahead 51-44 at the half.

Freshman Megan Beachy (14.5 ppg) returned to the court after missing four games. Her jumper at the 5:24 mark in the third quarter gave UU its largest lead of the game at 63-47.

The Blue and Grey continued to lead by double digits entering the fourth, but the Mountain Lions put together a furious 15-0 run to overtake UU three minutes into the period. Eventually, Haley stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws and UU was able to hold on.

UU continues the road trip with a 2 p.m. matchup at UVa-Wise on Saturday inside the David J. Prior Convocation Center.

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