BEARS CLAIM 85-75 WIN OVER FAYETTEVILLE STATE IN HOME FINALE

BEARS CLAIM 85-75 WIN OVER FAYETTEVILLE STATE IN HOME FINALE

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team earned an 85-75 victory over the visiting Fayetteville State University Broncos Wednesday night inside a crowded C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium for senior night and their home finale. The Bears honored five seniors before tip-off, including senior guard DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL), senior forward Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA), senior guard Khaliq Williams (Jacksonville, FL), senior guard Krishaun Myers (Pompano Beach, FL) and senior forward Reginald Goosby, II (Fort Lauderdale, FL).

The win improved the Bears (19-8, 11-4 CIAA) division record to 7-2 on the season while the Broncos (7-19, 4-11 CIAA) dip to 3-6.

Shaw was led by Stephens-Bell who scored a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore guard DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) added 18 points while Goodman poured in 16 points and eight rebounds while Williams contributed 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Bears wasted no time, starting the contest with a 21-7 lead capped off by a jumper from Stephens-Bell at the 13:32 mark. FSU trimmed at the Bears double digit lead and eventually closed the gap to three on a 13-4 run. In the last 1:25 of the first half, both teams scored six points apiece but the Bears took a 42-38 advantage at halftime.

FSU pulled within one after a 3-pointer from Josh Smith to start the second half but the Bears went on to score 11 unanswered points to go ahead 55-43 with 13:26 left in the contest. Shaw led by as many as 15-points at one point and would not relent their double figure lead for the remainder of the contest.

The Bears shot 50.8-percent (32-63) from the floor, including 6-of-18 from long distance and 15-of-19 (78.9-percent) from the charity stripe. Shaw scored 46 of their 85 points in the paint and gathered 10 points each in both fast breaks and second opportunities.

FSU was led by Smith with 18 points and six rebounds while Willie Gilmore added 15 points, following Josh Bryant with 12 points and three assists. Xavier Williams chipped in 10 points and four rebounds.

The Bears will conclude the 2017-18 regular season with a road trip to Charlotte, N.C. to face Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m.

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