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Carter has a happy homecoming with Ship’s victory over the IUP | Sports

Carlos Carter admitted he was a little nervous when kick-off time arrived at KCAC on Sunday afternoon.

As time went on, he was doing very well.

Carter, an Indiana High School graduate and 6-foot-5 junior goaltender / forward in Shippensburg, had never played on his hometown arena field. Either way, he seemed comfortable helping the Raiders hand the IUP their first loss of the season, 72-60, in a PSAC basketball game.

“It’s amazing,” Carter said. “It’s always nice to play against the IUP. This is my first time playing KCAC and I felt a little nervous at first, but seeing all my friends and family made me feel comfortable.

Carter scored 14 points with five rebounds and four assists and played all 40 minutes. He is the team’s leading scorer with 14.5 points per game.

“He’s a great player,” said Shippensburg coach Chris Fite. “I’m really proud of how he’s developed and worked hard. He’s in the gym more than anyone on the team, and any success he’s had, he’s earned it. I’m really proud of him, and he’s one of our pillars right now that we count on. When we need a big bucket, we put the ball in his hands, and he makes good decisions, hits hard and makes plays for the other guys. He does everything now.

Carter has evolved since entering college, from a tall high school goalie who was generally more athletic than anyone on the pitch and could easily work his way to the bucket to a versatile player.

“My coach pushed me to be a goalscorer so I worked on my 3-point and handling the ball and hitting the hoop,” Carter said. “As a high school student, I really drove to the hoop. When I got to Ship, Coach was saying I could be a complete player, and he pushed me. I have worked hard and it is starting to pay off.

Shippensburg’s Jake Biss scored a high 20 points, including 17 in the second half when the Raiders extended a four point lead to 12 at halftime and won for the fourth time in a row. Biss also scored 20 points in a victory at Pitt Johnstown on Saturday. The 2020 PSAC Eastern Player of the Year – most teams in the conference did not play last season amid the COVID-19 pandemic – missed his team’s first five games this season due to injury.

“It was obviously different without him in there,” Carter said. “With him on the pitch it relieves the stress of the other guys so much because he gets so much attention. Once he was on the pitch we started riding. He’s a big part of our team. and a leader, and it’s great to find him again. ”

The IUP has no chance of reclaiming leader Shawndale Jones this season. The Red Shirts senior missed a third straight game and is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery earlier in the week to repair an ACL tear. Jones was the PSAC Tournament MVP in 2020 when he led the IUP past Shippensburg in the Championship game. He was averaging 25.0 points per game at the time of his injury and teamed up with junior Armoni Foster to form an indefensible pair on the perimeter.

The IUP (9-1, 4-1 PSAC), who entered the weekend as sixth in NCAA Division II, struggled without Jones, and it was evident on Saturday despite a 65 win. -46 on Shepherd (W.Va.) to open on weekends. On Sunday, the Hawks shot a season-high 37.1% (32 for 62), finished 6 for 26 on a 3-point range and were 30 points below their season average. Shippensburg responded by scoring 12 3 and shooting 44% (25 for 57) overall. Rashon Johnson, a starter when Biss was out, came off the bench to add 15 points.

“I understand they are in a difficult situation losing their best player,” Fite said. “We experienced it at the start of the year. So even with an asterisk, I take it. I’m proud of the way our guys competed. (The IUP is) still a great team and one of the best in the region, if not the country, so to come out on the road and win in this conference is difficult, but to do it here I’m really proud.

The IUP is still trying to consolidate some roles in Jones’ absence. Shippensburg (7-3, 4-1) held IUP’s Foster and Tommy Demogerontas 13 points combined – 21 below their combined average – on a 6 for 20 shot. Ethan Porterfield, a 6 sophomore -8, led IUP with 19 points and 12 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double, and Dave Morris finished with 17 points. It was the first time this season that the IUP had just two players hitting double the scores.

“Chris is doing a great job with them,” IUP coach Joe Lombardi said of his former assistant coach. “Biss is back, and they have a lot of experience with four returning starters, so they came with determination and executed their game plan on both ends of the field. They really shot the ball. They turned around 30. % out of 3, and it was hands down the best they had ever shot.

“I would like to give Ship more credit than something we have to do.” We’ve got a little bit of humility, and I don’t think our guys are arrogant, but success gets you drunk. I knew it would be an adjustment without Shawndale, and when people go through the scouting report it gets a little difficult. There are a lot of variables, and we have to adapt, and we need guys to grow. It’s a bit of adversity during the season, but it’s an opportunity for growth.

The IUP welcomes Pitt Greensburg at 2 p.m. on December 31. The game replaces the one the IUP did not play in their Thanksgiving tournament when Salem (W.Va.) gave up. Free entry.