BEARS SUFFER TOUGH LOSS AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE, 74-72

BEARS SUFFER TOUGH LOSS AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE, 74-72

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. –  After a 3-0 start in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division, the Shaw University men's basketball team was handed their first division loss of the season at Fayetteville State University (6-14, 3-6 CIAA, 2-2 South) on Saturday afternoon inside Felton J. Capel Arena. The Bears outscored the Broncos 42-20 in the paint, 11-2 in second chances and retrieved 72 points from their bench but Shaw only connected 9-of-17 from the free-throws (39%) which affected the Bears in the long run.

Senior Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds while senior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) added 18 points, six assist, three rebounds and two steals. Sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) contributed 12 points in the loss for Shaw (13-7, 6-3 CIAA, 3-1 South).  

With a bigger starting lineup than normal, the Bears raced out to a 10-0 lead to open the contest, FSU hit a jumper from the corner to cut the deficit to eight early on. Shaw kept their lead despite the Broncos efforts to pull within one on two occasions.

FSU took their first lead of the game on a layup from Jerimiah Pope at the 8:05 mark but the Bears responded as the bank became open from long distance for Kelsie, giving Shaw the lead again. From there Shaw groomed a 15-4 run to go ahead 30-10 with under 2:00 remaining in the first half. The Broncos would squeeze a 5-3 ratio to cut their deficit but Shaw led 33-25 going into the locker room.

Both teams went point-for-point with each other in the second half, the lead changed three times with FSU taking a three-point edge after a 3-pointer from Jerimiah Pope. A bucket from Stephens-Bell pulled Shaw within one but the Broncos added two more to go up 55-52 just before senior Cameron Golden, Sr. (Memphis, TN) drained a 3-pointer to knot the game up at 55-55 with 8:34 left.

A 3-point play from Goodman regained the lead for Shaw at the 7:33 mark. However, FSU then went on a 5-0 run to lead 63-58. A possession or two later, the Bears got a steal and raced down the other end as Kelsie pulled up for a transition 3-pointer to pull Shaw within two (63-61) with 4:53 left to play.

The Bears trailed 67-66 with 3:00 left, FSU's Willie Gilmore really came alive in the second half as he drove in the lane for an easy deuce as their shot clock time expired giving the Broncos a 69-66 frame. As time ticked, the Bears missed two free-throws that could have cut the deficit to one. Shaw would get another chance as senior Krishaun Myers (Pompano Beach, FL) was able to sink both of his free-throws to close the gap 69-68, forcing FSU to call a timeout as 1:51 showed on the clock.

Out of the timeout, the Bears got a steal and Stephens-Bell found freshman Alex Owen (Brandenton, FL) in the lane for an easy lay-in, giving Shaw a 70-69 edge with 51 seconds remaining in regulation. FSU then responded in a big way, knocking down a 3-pointer (72-70) but after the Bears gathered an offensive rebound, Stephens-Bell drove in the lane for a layup to tie the game at 72-apiece with 12 seconds left.

Shaw committed a foul, sending Gilmore to the line for two with four seconds left. Gilmore sunk both to go up 74-72 as the Bears immediately called a timeout. With one more chance to send the game into overtime or win the game, the Bears inbounded the ball and Stephens-Bell took five dribbles to end up three-feet from the 3-point line where his shot hit the front of the rim and bounced to the left, giving FSU the win.

Gilmore led the Broncos to the win with 20 points on the night while dishing out six assist. Josh Smith chipped in 14 points and four rebounds while Pope added 13 points and two rebounds. Denzell Hosch finished with 12 points and two assists in the win for FSU.

Shaw will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 31 versus Virginia State University for a CIAA cross division matchup in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.

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