RALEIGH, NC – On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Shaw University will welcome the visiting Fayetteville State University Broncos and Lady Broncos in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division doubleheader beginning with the women's game at 6 p.m. followed by the men's contest at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for visiting students, senior citizens and military personnel with valid identification. The contest is free for all current Shaw students and children ages five and under. Fans are encouraged to arrive early due to limited seating.
Both games will offer live statistics on www.shawbears.com. Fans can also follow live tweets on Twitter @ShawBears.
The Bears (9-9, 5-3 CIAA, 3-0 Southern Division) are looking for its fourth-straight division win against the Broncos after a triumph 82-79 victory over Livingston Monday night. Last season, the two teams split the regular season. FSU (7-10, 3-6 CIAA) sits in sixth place within the division after a 94-84 loss to Winston-Salem State last weekend. The Broncos post a 1-2 mark in the division and are 4-5 on road trips this season.
Leading the pack for the Bears is senior Benji Bell (Gainesville, FL), who ranks fourth in the CIAA in points per game (16.5) and third in assists per game (3.9). Senior Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC) is the team's second leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points per game and ranks fourth in the CIAA for three-point percentage at 41 percent while senior David Madol (Manchester, NH) adds 11.8 points.
FSU has three players averaging double figures in scoring led by Josh Bryant with 12.3 points per game. Michael Tyson and Joshua Dawson add 10.4 and 10.0 points, respectively. The Broncos are led by Ken Spencer in his first season.
In the women's game, the Lady Bears (6-14, 3-5 CIAA, 1-2 Division) are looking to bounce back from an 88-73 divisional loss to Livingstone on Monday. Whereas the Lady Broncos (4-14, 2-7 CIAA) are still in search of its first division win after a 0-3 start on the year.
Junior LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, NC) is the top scorer on the team with an average of 23.3 points per game. Shaw has three other players charting double-digits in scoring, including freshman Stephanie Custodio (Chino, CA) who posts 11.8 points, while senior Imani Heggins (Chesapeake, VA) and junior Bianca Maxwell (London, England) add 11.4 and 10.4 points per outing. Maxwell ranks second in the CIAA in rebounds per game (11.4) and fourth in field goal percentage shooting (52.1 percent). Both teams are averaging 40.7 rebounds per game.
Yakima Clifton is the team's leading scorer at 11.2 points per game. The Lady Broncos are led by Serena King-Coleman in her first season.
Following Wednesday's action, Shaw will head to Charlotte, NC to face Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday, Jan. 28 with the women's game scheduled for 2 p.m. and the men's game at 4 p.m.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw University basketball and its 11 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.