FLORENCE, S.C. – Sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) recorded his second 30-point game Tuesday night with 33 points and five steals but the Shaw University men's basketball team suffered a 103-88 loss at Francis Marion University.
The loss drops the Bears to 2-4 on the season and extends their losing skid to three-straight while the Patriots remain unbeaten at 4-0 on the year.
Senior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) scored a team's second-best 20 points, while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out seven assists and collecting three steals. Senior Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) added14 points and eight rebounds while senior Khaliq Williams (Jacksonville, FL) contributed 12 points off the bench for Shaw in the loss.
Both teams stayed closed to one another with the largest lead at four points throughout the first half. Shaw held a 36-32 advantage at the 3:52 mark thanks to two free-throws by senior Rahim Williams (Toronto, Ontario) but the Patriots scored eight unanswered points to take the lead 42-36 over the Bears with 1:06 remaining in the half. Shaw would trail by four at halftime (44-40).
Shaw faced a 10-point disadvantage three times in the second half but the Bears would not fold, fighting back to pull within six (58-49) however, FMU used a 10-2 run to keep distance from Shaw and would not let up for the win.
The Bears were responsible for 49 percent shooting from the field, 47 percent from the three-point line and a season-best 94 percent from the free-throw line in the loss. Shaw was outrebounded by the Patriots 39-26 and outscored 17-2 in second chance points and 22-12 from their bench scoring.
FMU was led by Brandon Parker with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Detrek Browning scored 19 points, following Jaquez Smith with 14 buckets and Ryan Davis with 13. Two other players tallied 11 points for the Patriots.
Shaw will look to snap their losing skid at Clayton State on Nov. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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