RICHMOND, Va. – The Shaw University men's basketball team's win-streak was snapped at six games as the Bears suffered a 98-96 loss to the Panthers of Virginia Union University in double overtime at Barco-Stevens Hall Thursday night. The loss dipped the Bears to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in the CIAA while the Panthers stand 8-7 on the season and 3-0 in league action.
Senior Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) paced the Bears with 22 points and 14 rebounds – his sixth double-double of the season while senior Krishaun Myers (Pompano Beach, FL) scored 19 points and senior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) had 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond) finished with 15 points in the loss.
The Bears got off to a quick start against the Panthers that featured a 9-2 lead led by Goodman who had four points in that run. The Panthers would close the gap as the lead changed four times over the course of two minutes. After three ties down the stretch, the Bears regained the lead on a layup from Myers with 7:57 left in the first half.
Shaw scored five-straight but VUU responded by scoring six-consecutive points of their own to go ahead 27-26, however an offensive rebound and put-back from Goodman put Shaw back up by one. After another lead change and tie, the Bears put together a 9-2 spread to lead 37-34 at intermission.
The Bears led by as many as six-points throughout the second half but the Panthers planted five-straight to pull within one (59-58) before taking the lead on a dunk from Jordan Peebles with 8:28 left. Shaw managed to create some separation thanks to a 3-point play from Myers but VUU continued to claw their way within with mini-runs.
The Panthers led for a short period before the Bears tied the game at 75-even after a dunk from Goodman which sparked a 6-1 spurt for Shaw. However, VUU scored a layup to close the gap to three and after another layup from Goodman it appeared as if Shaw would use the clock for the remaining 1:30 but a change of events occurred when Jemal Smith hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left. The next possession down, Stephens-Bell drilled a bucket from the corner to give Shaw an 83-81 lead with nine seconds remaining.
Out of the Bears timeout, VUU's James Paige banked a contested layup to send the game into overtime. After five lead changes in the first overtime, Stephens-Bell hit 1-of-2 free-throws to cut the Panthers lead to one (88-87) with 1:07 left. After a series of turnovers from both teams, the Bears ended up with the ball as Stephens-Bell would be fouled and sent to the line. Again, he would hit 1-of-2 freebies as the game became knotted at 88-88, forcing the game into double OT.
VUU scored first on a layup from Devin Moore at the 3:26 mark and even though the Bears answered they would trail for the rest of the way despite a 3-pointer from Kelsie with just three seconds left. The Panthers would then go to the line as Smith nailed 1-of-2 freebies to put VUU ahead 98-96 as the Bears simply ran out of time.
Paige led VUU with 29 points and nine boards while Smith added 18 points and Moore chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kory Cooley finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Jan. 6 in Bowie, Md., as the Bears will look to snap back against the Bulldogs of Bowe State. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.
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