MORROW, Ga., - The Shaw University men's basketball team outscored Clayton State University 15-8 in overtime to pull off a 93-86 road victory Wednesday night at the Loch Gymnasium. The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Bears and improves their overall record to 3-4 on the season while the Lakers fall to 2-2 on the year.
Senior Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) hauled in a season-high 31 points to go along with eight rebounds while senior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) poured in 24 points, including 20 in the second half while dishing out five assists. Sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) finished with 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc.
The Bears held a 13-9 lead over the Lakers in the first 14:00 of action. Shaw would then groom 11-point advantage (31-20) at the 6:51 mark after a 3-pointer from senior Cameron Golden, Sr. (Memphis, TN) but CSU trimmed at the deficit with a 13-6 scoring margin to pull within one.
With 1:19 left in the first half, Goodman drained his first 3-pointer of the season in route to the Bears 40-38 stand at the break.
The Lakers took their first lead of the game in the second half off a 5-2 spurt, however there would be two lead changes and two ties before the Bears found themselves facing a 10-point deficit after CSU used a 11-1 run to lead 58-48 over Shaw with 12:42 on the clock.
It would not be until the 6:24 mark when Shaw rallied together for a comeback ignited by a layup from Stephens-Bell. From there, the Bears maneuvered nine points to close the gap to just two points before Stephens-Bell tied the game at 78-78 on a made jumper forcing the game into overtime.
In OT, it was all Shaw as the Bears were a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and led by five on two occasions before building a lead of seven with 17 seconds left to play. Stephens-Bell had six points in the extra period, following Golden, Sr. with four.
Clayton State was led by Jaylen Taylor with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Jamil McKee added 14 points and Nathan Powell chipped in 13 points. Dantez Bennamon rounded up double figure scoring for CSU with 11 points.
The Bears will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 2 with a home contest versus Virginia Union University for a non-conference tilt in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium at 4 p.m.
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