RALEIGH, NC -- The Shaw University men's basketball team suffered a tough two-point loss at the hands of Fayetteville State University, 72-70, in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest Wednesday night in a crowded C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The loss snaps the Bears three-game win-streak as Shaw (9-10, 5-4 CIAA) falls to 3-1 in the division while the Broncos (8-10, 4-6 CIAA) stand 2-2 within the division.
In addition to the games 14 ties, there was also 13 lead changes. Senior Benji Bell (Gainesville, FL) finished the game with a game-high 21 points, 19 of which was scored in the second half. Senior Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, NC) added 18 points and six rebounds, while senior Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC) chipped in 14 points. Senior DeAaron Ward (Wilson, NC) tallied a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.
In the opening half, the Bears saw themselves trailing 18-15 after FSU produced a 10-5 run at the 8:55 mark. Shaw rattled to score nine-straight before embarking on a 11-2 run to lead 26-22 over the Broncos with 4:57 left. The Bears held on to the lead, including a 32-30 frame at intermission.
Both teams traded points over the first 6:51 of the second half as freshman DaVaughan Kelsie (Richmond, VA) gave Shaw a three-point lead (45-42) with 11:58 on the game clock. Four possessions later, FSU took the lead back after a 8-0 run but the Bears managed to tie the game for the 10th time on a 5-0 run.
Down the stetch, a three-pointer by Bell knotted the contest up for the final time with 25 seconds left but on the ensuing possession a missed three-pointer from Willie Gilmore followed up with a put back for Rasean Brewington gave FSU the game winning basket at the buzzer.
Michael Tyson finished the night with a team-best 12 points and five rebounds, followed by Gilmore with 11 points and seven boards. Josh Bryant accounted for 10 points while Joshua Dawson dished out a game-high 13 assists for FSU.
Shaw will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 28 when they travel to Charlotte, NC to face Johnson C. Smith University for a tipoff scheduled for 4 p.m.
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