RALIEGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team fell at home to visiting Francis Marion University by a score of 80-72 Tuesday night inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The loss gives Shaw its first home setback on the season which slides the Bears to 3-2 overall. The Patriots have now won their second-straight to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Behind an 8-for-9 effort at the free-throw line, junior guard Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) paced Shaw with 26 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Junior guard DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) had 20 points, recorded 15 in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting from the 3-point line while junior guard Davon Dillard (Gary, IN) finished with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists.
FMU assumed control of the game early on in the first half. With the score tied at 34-all – marking the fourth tie of the night, the Patriots rattled off a 3-pointer from Jaquez Smith before a tough lay-in from senior guard Philip Garner (Atlanta, GA) had the Bears trailing 37-36 at halftime.
To start the second half, Shaw took a one point lead after a layup from Hinton to give the Bears a 38-37 stand but that would be short lived as the Patriots regained the edge on a 3-pointer from Kailex Stephens. The Bears tied the contest twice in the half but every time Shaw tried to rally for a comeback, FMU responded.
After the games sixth and final tie of the night, the Patriots outscored the Bears 21-13 to lead by eight (69-61) with 3:23 left in regulation. A deep 3-pointer from Kelsie cut the deficit to three at the 2:32 mark but that would be the closest Shaw would get for the remainder of the contest as FMU ended the game on an 11-6 spurt for the 80-72 final.
The Bears finished the night shooting 40-percent, including 39.4-percent in the second half while aconnecting 14-of-16 free throws and 10-of-31 from the 3-point land compared to the Patriots who shot 45.9-percent from the floor, 10-of-20 from long distance and 14-of-23 from the charity stripe.
FMU outscored the Bears 10-4 in second chances and held a 14-11 frame in points off of turnovers. Stephens led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds while Je'Quan Perry and Kendall Wall hauled in 13 points apiece. Both Jaquez Smith and Brandon Parker contributed 12 points each.
The Bears will open Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play Saturday, Nov. 24 against Claflin University in Spaulding Gymnasium beginning with the women's game at 2 p.m., followed by the men's contest at 4 p.m.
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