Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
RALEIGH, N.C. – In a tale of two halves, the Shaw University men's basketball team saw it's double-digit halftime lead slip away due to a cold start to the second half as the Bears fell to Elizabeth City State University, 80-70 Tuesday evening at the R.L. Vaughn Center in Elizabeth City, N.C. in a non-conference matchup.
Things stayed tight for the majority of the first half until a late run in the last four minutes of the half saw a 29-26 Shaw lead explode to 47-34 at the break. Leading scorer junior Greyson Kelley (Raleigh, NC) help aid the run finishing with 15 points in the first stanza.
ECSU opened the second half on an 8-0 run to trim the Bears lead to five with all four baskets coming inside the paint. Senior David Madol (Manchester, NH) snapped the Vikings run with a 3-point play at the 14:45 mark of the second half.
ECSU cut Shaw's lead to two before senior guard DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) added a 3-pointer from the elbow. The Vikings responded by cutting the Bears lead to one forcing a Shaw timeout with 11:01 left.
A Shaw turnover led to an open trifactor by ECSU to retake the lead for the first time in the second half. But the Bears cold streak continued as the Viking charge ballooned to seven (60-53) with eight minutes on the clock.
The clear height advantage of ECSU worked against the Bears as the Vikings pushed its lead to 11 with 3:10 remaining before ECSU pulled the air out of the ball and secured the victory with free throws the rest of the way for the double-digit victory.
Madol led the Bears with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Kelley followed with 16 points while Kelsie added nine points, going a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc.
With the loss, Shaw falls to 3-2 overall. Elizabeth City State improves to 4-1 on the early season.
The Bears will return to action on Monday, Dec. 2 when Shaw hosts defending CIAA champion Virginia State University in a rematch of the 2019 CIAA Tournament Championship. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. inside historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
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