RALEIGH, N.C. – In a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest on Saturday, Feb. 3, the Shaw University men's basketball team faltered in a 93-83 loss to the visiting Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The Bears (14-8, 7-4 CIAA) were unable to get into any rhythm, hitting just 39.1-percent of their 64 field goal tries and went just 9-for-33 from 3-point attempts. Senior Krishaun Myers (Pompano Beach, FL) led the Bears in scoring with 21 points and four rebounds while senior DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) added 15 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Senior Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) chipped in 12 points off the bench in the loss for Shaw.
The Golden Bulls (14-7, 7-2 CIAA) shot 59-percent from the floor led by Robert Davis who finished with a game-high 25 points. Cayse Minor, Arthur Bennett and Roddric Ross all scored 15 points apiece while Christian Kirchman chipped in 10-points, respectively.
The win improved JCSU to 5-0 in the Southern Division for first place while Shaw dips to 3-2 tied for second place with Saint Augustine's.
Out the gate, Shaw trailed 15-2 in the first three minutes of action. The Bears used a 10-3 run to pull within six points at the 13:31 mark but JCSU anchored seven unanswered points to go up 25-12 over Shaw.
With under 10:00 left in the first half, the Golden Bulls led by 22-points (largest lead of the game) after a slam dunk from Minor as the score showed 39-17 in favor of JCSU. The Bears outscored JCSU, 13-7 in the last 3:33 to trim the deficit to 15 (45-30) at halftime.
Shaw shot just 37.5-percent from the floor (9-24) while the Golden Bulls scorched 17-of-28 from field goal range (60.7-percent). The Bears had 14 turnovers, allowing JCSU to score 23 points off of Shaw's miscues.
The Bears tried to keep pace with the Golden Bulls in the first two minutes of the second half, cutting JCSU's lead to 12 after a tip-in from senior Khaliq Williams (Jacksonville, FL). However, the Golden Bulls then rattled 13 more shots in the second half compared to Shaw's 16 shots but it would not be enough to overcome the early deficit down the stretch. The Bears never tied or led the entire contest.
Shaw will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 7 versus Livingstone College for a CIAA southern division matchup in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.
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