RALEIGH, NC – An extended scoring drought in the second half saw the Shaw University men's basketball team dropped a 64-61 decision to the visiting Bowie State Bulldogs Wednesday night inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, NC) led the Bears (6-9, 2-3 CIAA) with 15 points and seven rebounds while senior Benji Bell (Gainesville, FL) tallied 12 points and dished out six assists. Junior Khaliq Williams (Jacksonville, FL) scored 11 points and three assists to round out the double-digit scoring for Shaw.
For the contest, Shaw shot 52.2 percent (24-of-46) from the field, 23.5 percent from the three-point line and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the foul line as BSU connected 23-of-49 field goals (46.9 percent), 9-of-17 three-pointers (52.9 percent) and banked 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) shots at the free-throw line.
The Bears opened up the game shooting fairly well, knocking down three three-pointers to lead 12-9. An 11-5 run for BSU following that capped off the Bulldogs three-point lead before a basket by Williams pulled Shaw within one midway. From there, the contest became tied twice with the last tie at the 2:31 mark before the Bears scored eight-straight led by Cassady who charted six points in that spurt to lead 40-32 at halftime.
The Bulldogs groomed a 11-3 run to tie the game at 43-43 in the second half's first 5:55; however, the Bears responded by planting an 8-2 run to lead by six points with 9:10 remaining in the game. Down the stretch, Shaw went completely cold for 4:27 which resulted in the Bulldogs not only tying the game but also taking the lead that eventually they would not relinquish. The Bears pulled within one point after a layup from Cassady but BSU quickly responded with a layup and jumper to extend its lead to five points as the clock showed 56 seconds left to play.
A go-ahead bucket from junior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) cut the deficit to three points as Shaw had an opportunity to send the game into overtime after a missed three-pointer from BSU with 23 seconds remaining but down the other end, Stephens-Bell shot a three-ball that hit the back of the iron which would prevail the Bulldogs to the win.
Ahmaad Wilson led BSU (7-9, 4-2 CIAA) in scoring with 14 points while Dayshawn Wells and Khary Doby finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Shaw will look to redeem itself when they return to action and host Livingstone College on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Spaulding for a CIAA division contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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