BEARS COME UP SHORT IN FINAL MINUTES, FALLS TO VIRGINIA UNION IN CIAA TOURNAMENT

BEARS COME UP SHORT IN FINAL MINUTES, FALLS TO VIRGINIA UNION IN CIAA TOURNAMENT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the final seconds waned, the Shaw University men's basketball team had a 3-point attempt blocked as Virginia Union University took a 70-68 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament edge of the Bears at the Spectrum Center Thursday night.

The loss ends Shaw's season at 20-9 overall while the Panthers improve to 16-14 overall and advance to the semifinals on tomorrow against the No. 1 seed and nationally ranked Virginia State University at 7 p.m. in the Spectrum Center.

Shaw had three players finish in double figures led by senior guard DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) who scored 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists while senior guard Cameron Golden, Sr. (Memphis, TN) notched 18 points and three rebounds and senior forward Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) tallied 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

The Bears gathered a 12-7 lead in the first four minutes of action after a layup from Stephens-Bell. The Panthers would tie the game for the third time on a layup Todd Hughes at the 13:01 mark.

Shaw then used a 13-6 spirt to lead by seven but VUU found some offensive rhythm, cutting the deficit to 30-28, following a layup from Kory Cooley to tie the game again.

In the last 3:00 of the first half, the Panthers tallied an 8-4 scoring margin, including a layup at the buzzer to take a 38-34 lead over the Bears at halftime.

The Bears regained the lead in the second half after using a 10-6 run which would lead to their largest advantage of the game (55-48) capped off by a free-throw from Golden with 13:15 left to play.

The Panthers trimmed the Bears lead to one on a layup from Kory Cooley and the Panthers eventually tied the game at 64-even on a free-throw at the 2:11 mark from Todd Hughes. Shaw would trail 68-66 when VUU hit a basket in traffic, the Bears had opportunities but failed to capitalize on two layups and a 3-pointer down the stretch.

Down 70-66 with 14 seconds left, Stephens-Bell went to the line and converted on two foul shots but the Bears then fouled a VUU player, forcing a one-and-one free-throw situation. VUU missed the freebie and Shaw was able to secure the rebound as the Bears raced down the floor and sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie's (Richmond, VA) game-winning 3-point attempt was blocked by VUU as time expired.

VUU (16-14) had four players in double-figures, led by Hughes with 22 points. Cooley finished with 16 while James Paige and William Jenkins had 12 and 11 points, respectively.  Hughes and Jenkins each had a team-best six rebounds in the win.

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