SALISBURY, NC – Shaw University shot 43.6 percent (24-of-55) for the game and held a 9-4 advantage in overtime on the way to a 69-64 victory over Livingstone College on Saturday afternoon inside New Trent Gymnasium for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division battle.
During the extra session, Shaw shot just 1-for-4 from the field, 7-of-8 from the free-throw line and did not attempt a three-pointer. The Blue Bears pulled within one point on a free-throw shot from Eric Dortch-Jones but LC went 1-for-7 from the field while committing three fouls, three missed free-throws and a couple missed layups in the final minute.
Meanwhile, Shaw never trailed in overtime, getting buckets from DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) (4:06) and Benji Bell (Gainesville, FL) (1:00). The Bears iced the game by going 7-of-8 from the charity stripe during the final 1:00. Both Bell and Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC) knocked down their freebies with the exception of one missed by Bell.
Stephens-Bell was huge for Shaw at the end of regulation, scoring the Bears final four points in the final seconds. That included a layup with 11 seconds left to give the game its fourth tie which would send the game in overtime.
With the victory, Shaw (11-11, 7-5 CIAA) holds possession of first place in the Southern Division while the Blue Bears (8-13, 5-6 CIAA) fall to 4-2 within the division standings.
LC held a 10-0 lead at the 16:24 mark before extending that commanding lead to 23-9 with 10:25 left in the first half, but Shaw closed the final 4:40 on a 6-6 run to trail 33-25 at halftime. The Bears would eventually tie the contest three times throughout the second half before using an 8-2 scoring advantage to tie the game for the final time at 60-60.
In a game that saw Shaw get edged by LC in points in the paint (29-26) and 16-13 off of turnovers, the Bears managed to use their defense to get the upper hand. They limited LC to 37.7 percent (26-of-69) shooting from the field and 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the foul line. Shaw also outrebounded the Blue Bears, 40-39 and held a 14-13 advantage in second chance points.
Five Bears scored in double figures, led by DaVaughn Kelsie's (Richmond, VA) 12 points, including 4-of-5 shooting from long distance off the bench with just 13 minutes of action. DeAaron Ward (Wilson, NC), Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, NC) and Richardson, II all finished with 11 points each while Bell contributed 10 points.
Defensively, Ward recorded a team-best eight rebounds, followed by Cassady with six.
For the Blue Bears, LC was led by Ramel Belfield and Cameron Burhannon who both chipped in 12 points apiece. David Duncan ended the game with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Shaw will return home to C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium to host Winston-Salem State University on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.
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