RALEIGH, NC – Sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) scored a career-high 35 points but it wasn't enough as the Shaw University men's basketball team fell 113-91 to the visiting Wildcats of Fort Valley State University Friday night during day one of the CIAA/SIAC Conference Challenge.
The loss dropped the Bears to 2-2 on the young season while FVSU improves to 1-2 on the season.
Kelsie's big night came off 11-of-19 shooting from behind the arc and 11-20 shooting for the contest. He finished with two rebounds, two steals and one assist. Senior Cameron Golden, Sr. (Memphis, TN) finished with 15 points, three assists and two steals while senior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) added 13 points, six assists and six rebounds.
The Wildcats scored five-straight to start the contest, the Bears responded by scoring seven unanswered points to take their only lead of the night with just three minutes into the game.
FVSU then hit a 3-pointer that gave them the lead again before blooming a 10-point advantage (23-13) at the 12:49 mark. The Bears chipped at the deficit down the stretch after a 7-2 run to pull within two but Trey Elliott put FVSU back up by five with their third 3-pointer of the half.
The Wildcats would go on to cap off the first half with another 3-pointer at the buzzer to head into the locker room with a 50-43 lead over Shaw.
Things became discordant for the Bears in the second half as Shaw found themselves in a deep hole to trail by 20 when FVSU mounted a 21-8 scoring frame. The Wildcats would eventually lead by as many as 31 points with 10:09 left before the Bears snapped the bleeding with an 8-0 run. Shaw trimmed at the deficit to 22 three times but that would be the closest the Bears would get before falling 113-91.
Shaw was outscored 21-10 in second chances, 31-18 from the bench as FVSU scored 32 points off the Bears 16 turnovers. Shaw finished the night shooting 44.3 percent from the floor (31-70) and the Wildcats charted 63 percent (41-65) from the field.
Jaylon McMillan who also scored a game-high 35 points, while Tyler Edwards finished with 18 points led FVSU. Walter Foster chipped in 14 points and Jamaal Garror added 11 points, respectively.
The Bears will return to action Saturday, Nov. 18 versus Morehouse College to wrap up the CIAA/SIAC Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
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