RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's and women's basketball teams will host Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday, Feb. 23 for its regular season finale and senior day with the women's game scheduled at 2 p.m. and the men's game to follow at 4 p.m. inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
Fans will have the opportunity to follow live tweets on Twitter @ShawBears. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Admission is $15, non-Shaw students with valid school ID is $10 and all currently enrolled Shaw students are free with valid school ID.
Both games will offer live coverage on the Shaw Bears Sports Network with Donal Ware and Daimeon Banks calling the play-by-play action. Live stats will also be available on www.shawbears.com.
The women's game: The Lady Bears (7-20, 2-15 CIAA) came up short at Fayetteville State, 72-63 in its road finale Wednesday. Freshman Amani Moxley (Moreno Valley, CA) scored a team-high 17 points while freshman Taylor Royster (Cleveland, OH) chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds and senior KlinTisha Martin (Atlanta, GA) added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in the offensive effort for Shaw.
JCSU (15-12, 12-5 CIAA) women enters Saturday's contest on a three-game win streak after defeating Winston-Salem State, 81-77 led by Blaire Thomas' 21 points and eight rebounds while Malia Rivers and Le'Zarea Bowens chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Shaw and JCSU met earlier this season in Charlotte, N.C. as the Golden Bulls picked up 89-58 win over the Lady Bears on Feb. 2. In the southern division standings, JCSU is currently second place (8-3) while Shaw is seventh (1-10).
The Lady Bears will recognize three seniors after the completion of the contest for senior day.
The men's game: The Bears (14-12, 9-8 CIAA) used a gut check to get past Fayetteville State Wednesday night and because of its relentless fight, Shaw was able to come away with a 65-62 win in major way. Junior DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) paced the offensive attack with 19 points while junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) and junior Derrick Randolph (Chicago, IL) tallied 16 and 12 points, respectively. The win put Shaw in first place in the South at 8-3 on the season and should the Bears win Saturday against JCSU, it would be an outright division title for Coach Hopkins and the Bears who have won the last two titles.
As for the Golden Bulls (8-16, 5-12 CIAA), JCSU loss to Winston-Salem State, 70-69 in its last outing. Roddric Ross scored 21 points while Cayse Minor finished with 14 points for the Golden Bulls who enter Saturday's game with 2-11 record on the road this season. JCSU is currently sixth in the South at 4-7.
The last time these two teams met, it literally went down to the wire as the game featured back and forth action but Hinton put up a floater in the final seconds that ultimately sealed the game and win for Shaw. He finished with 40 points to lead all scorers while Ross added 32 points for JCSU.
Men's hoops will recognize one senior prior to tipoff along with one senior cheerleader.
For the most up-to-date information, Shaw basketball and its 13 varsity sport teams, visit shawbears.com.