RALEIGH, NC – In a low scoring affair, the Shaw University men's basketball team held off cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University by the score of 51-46 in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division showdown in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Prior to today's game, the Bears had lost three-straight to the Falcons as Shaw now stands 8-9 overall, 4-3 in the CIAA and 2-0 in the division. SAU falls to 10-10 on the year, 4-5 in the league and 1-2 within the division.
Shaw had three players score in double figures, including senior Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, NC) who finished with a team-best 13 points and six rebounds, while senior David Madol (Manchester, NH) tallied 12 points and five rebounds. Senior Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC) contributed 10 points and four rebounds.
Despite poor shooting from both teams, Shaw connected 16-of-23 free-throws for 69.6 percent while SAU made 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the foul line.
The opening half featured four ties and two lead changes but the Bears got momentum at the 8:24 mark after Madol scored a layup, followed by a three-pointer to give Shaw a 20-16 lead. In the last 7:23, the Bears held a 10-8 scoring advantage over the Falcons to lead 30-24 at halftime.
Both teams were evenly balanced in the second half as SAU outscored Shaw 22-21, however the Bears never relinquished its lead against the Falcons.
With 4:07 remaining, SAU made one-of-two free-throws which made the game 43-42 in favor of Shaw but the Bears went on to score five-straight down the stretch. A dunk from Cassady and a block from senior DeAaron Ward (Wilson, NC) in the final seconds of the game secured the win for Shaw.
The Falcons were led by Quincy January with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Shaw will remain at home, hosting Livingstone College on Monday, Jan. 23 at Spaulding. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m.
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