MURFREESBORO, NC – In a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference action, the Shaw University men's basketball team (4-4) dropped a 75-72 decision against Chowan University (6-2) at the Helms Center Thursday night. The Bears battled back in the second half and came up just a little short as Shaw stands 1-1 in conference action while the Hawks improve to 2-0 in the league.
The Bears trailed 14-6 in the first five minutes of play after a dunk from Jeremy Smith before a 3-pointer from Marco Haskins put the Hawks up 17-8 at the 14:14 mark. The two teams would match point-for-point throughout the first half despite CU keeping at least a 10-point lead.
Shaw trailed at halftime by 12 points but put together an 18-8 run to pull within one point on a layup from senior DeAaron Ward (Wilson, NC) at the 12:34 mark. Six minutes later, Shaw tied the game at 58-58 after a 3-pointer from senior Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC) that would lead to the Bears first lead of the contest on a layup from senior Benji Bell (Gainesville, FL) with under six minutes remaining.
With four more ties down the stretch, a 3-point play from Smith gave the Hawks the 72-69 lead with 35 seconds left. A missed layup for Shaw and a foul in the next possession sent Chowan to the line for two. The Hawks would sink one-of-two free throws with 13 seconds left before Richardson, II hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer but it would not be enough to secure the win as time ran off.
Bell led the way for Shaw with 24 points and four assists while Richardson, II tallied 18 points. Defensively, Ward finished with a team-best eight rebounds and junior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) recorded two steals.
The Hawks had four players score in double-figures including Kevin Kuteyi with 22 points and eight rebounds. Carlos Arroyo chipped in 15 points and five assists while Joe Goodwin added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Smith finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
The Bears will return to action Saturday, Dec. 17-18 for the L.S. Epps Memorial Scholarship Challenge (CIAA/SIAC) hosted by Clark Atlanta. Shaw will face the Panthers Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by a contest versus Albany State Sunday at 2 p.m.
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