RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team fell in the final seconds of regulation to the visiting Falcons of Saint Augustine's University 76-74 inside an over capacitated C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium Saturday afternoon in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division action.
The top scorers of the evening featured junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) with 23 points, five rebounds and three assists while junior DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) scored 17 points and sophomore Alex Owens (Brandenton, FL) chipped in 11 points and a team-best 11 rebounds. Junior Derrick Randolph (Chicago, IL) finished with 10 points rounding out the double figure scoring for the Bears.
Shaw dropped to 5-4 at home this season and are now 2-2 in the Southern Division. SAU (6-12, 3-7 CIAA) now improves to 2-3 in the division.
Free throw shooting put a damper on the Bears offensively as Shaw connected only 18-of-26 from the charity striped compared to the Falcons who hit 22-of-28. The Bears led in every other category including points in the paint (22-8), points off turnovers (21-18) and second chances (12-4).
The Bears held an 11-5 lead over the Falcons after punching an 11-0 run in the first seven minutes of action. The Falcons came flying back with 16-4 run to take a 16-15 lead at the 10:04 mark. The lead changed four times until two free throws from the Falcons led to a scoring margin of 12-2 for a 32-23 stand over the Bears at halftime.
The Falcons led by as many as 13 points in the second half capped off by a 3-pointer from Hirk Williams but a determined Bears squad stayed the course and continued to claw its way back to rattle off the double digit deficit by scoring 14 unanswered points that regained the lead with 5:35 left in regulation.
Shaw kept the lead for over two minutes but back-to-back 3-pointers from the Falcons gave SAU the lead they would not relinquish. Facing a five-point deficit, Hinton hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to give the Bears hope but the Falcons hit the free throws they needed down the stretch to ice the game.
Tyre Gathright was the leading scorer for SAU with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists while Rashad George and Mel'Quan Ames tallied 19 and 17 points, respectively. Ames also had a team-high seven rebounds.
Shaw will return to action Monday, Jan. 28 with a home contest against Livingstone College for Vitilgo Awareness Day. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
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