Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
RALEIGH, N.C. –The Shaw University men's basketball team blitzed out to a 20-point second half lead but found themselves clinging on late to defeat Fort Valley State University Saturday afternoon 89-83 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)/Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Conference Challenge hosted by Winston-Salem State University at the C.E. Gaines Center.
Junior guard Greyson Kelley (Raleigh, NC) again led the Bears in the scoring column with 26 points on 6-9 shooting from the floor while also turning in an impressive 12-15 from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Dhashon Dyson (Chicago, IL) registered another productive outing off the bench adding 21 points. Senior guard David Madol (Manchester, NH) chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds.
Both teams traded baskets to begin the contest with neither team being able to pull ahead by more than five points as Fort Valley State led 22-17 at the 11:16 mark in the first half. Shaw tied the score at 22-22 before tying the game again, this time at 31-31 after FVSU went ahead by five.
Kelley added two free throws with 2:11 on the clock before the half to give Shaw its first lead at 37-35. Shaw then held the lead for the rest of the contest. Dyson added a layup with 24 seconds left in the half to give Shaw it's biggest lead of 46-40 at the break.
Shaw doubled its lead to 12 with a Madol three pointer at the 18:44 mark of the second half. Dyson added a three from the top of the key to push the Bears lead to 60-44 before junior guard DaVaugh Kelsie (Richmond, VA) added another 3-point basket with 15:49 left to give Shaw a 66-46 charge.
The 20-point lead wouldn't last long for Shaw as FVSU did quick work in carving the Bears lead with the help of a scoreless drought from SU. The Wildcats cut the deficit to 66-56 with 12:20 left in the contest but Kelley converted a 3-point play to end the scoring drought, putting Shaw ahead 69-56.
There would be no quit in the Wildcats as they continued to chip away at the Shaw lead, managing pull within 78-77 with 4:21 remaining. A dunk from Madol pushed Shaw back ahead, 82-77, followed by a pair of freebies from senior guard Imani Miller (Memphis, TN) that provided Shaw with an 84-77 cushion.
With eight seconds remaining, Madol iced two free throws for the Bears 89-83 final.
Shaw improves to 3-1 on the 2019 season while Fort Valley State falls to 1-4 overall.
Shaw returns to action on Nov. 19 with a non-conference tilt at Elizabeth City State University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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