MIAMI SHORES, FL – The Shaw University men's basketball team hung tough with Young Harris College in both halves but the Bears couldn't find enough scoring down the stretch to match the Mountain Lions' offensive flurry as Shaw fell 86-78 on the final day of the Cesar Odio Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Barry University Saturday afternoon.
The Bears trailed by just three points 48-45 at the break, but Young Harris outscored Shaw 38-33 in a see-saw affair after intermission.
Shaw falls to 3-2 on the season while the Mountain Lions post a 5-2 mark on the year.
David Madol (Manchester, NH) registered a career-high 38 points, hitting 10-of-15 free throws. Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC) posted 15 points and Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, NC) added 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Bears jumped on the scoreboard first with a layup from Cassady but the Mountain Lions punched an 11-6 lead with 16:57 left in the first half.
Both teams went through a series of exchanging points with one another, including 10 ties in the half. Shaw trailed by six points with 2:57 left until the Bears planted a 7-2 run led by four points from Madol and a three-pointer from Richardson, II tied the game at 45-45. Young Harris then responded with a three from C.J. Wilson to give the Mountain Lions a three-point lead at halftime.
Young Harris, though, held a 52-47 and would lead for over six minutes before the Bears scored six straight points to tie the game at 57. The last tie came at the 10:13 mark after Madol knocked down two free-throws but Shaw would never take the lead again despite getting within one point. The Mountain Lions lead would grow to double digits when Damari Edwards hit a three-pointer that pulled them away from the Bears for the win.
Shaw shot 27-for-56 (48 percent) from the floor and was outrebounded 35-28. Young Harris hit 47 percent in the second half and shot 50 percent from the field overall, tallying 17 assists on their buckets.
The Bears return to action Dec. 10 at Virginia Union University for a non-conference tilt at 2 p.m.
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