PETERSBURG, Va. – Shaw University men's basketball battled back and forth with Virginia State University but was unable to overcome late run in the second half as the Bears suffered a 75-69 decision at VSU Multipurpose Center on Wednesday. Senior Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, NC) paced Shaw with 21 points, including 9-of-10 field goal shooting to go along with five rebounds.

Senior Benji Bell (Gainesville, FL) finished with 19 points while junior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) added nine points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Shaw (10-11, 6-5 CIAA) controlled the opening minutes of the second stanza and turned a 39-38 halftime advantage into a 58-54 margin following junior Russell Robinson's (Chicago, IL) three-pointer with 9:07 left on the clock. However, down the stretch the game would tie three times before VSU's Elijah Moore knocked down a three-pointer to take 72-69 lead with 30 seconds remaining.

The Bears could not find a basket in the final seconds of the game as the Trojans managed to add three more points in the end to come away with the victory.

Moore led the way for VSU with 21 points and five rebounds while Richard Granberry tallied 18 points and nine rebounds.

Shaw will look regroup when they travel to Livingstone College on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. for a CIAA division contest.

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