Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team saw a great effort come up short as the Bears fell to Bowie State University in overtime, 100-87 Saturday afternoon inside of historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium
With the loss, Shaw falls to 3-4 overall and remains 0-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) action as today's contest was deemed a non-conference tilt. Bowie State improves to 6-5 overall.
Bowie State jumped out to early leads of 9-2 and 20-13 at the 8:57 media timeout. The Shaw offense caught fire after the break being fueled by back-to-back three-point plays from senior guard Greyson Kelley (Raleigh, NC), followed by Nigel Martin's (Cleveland, OH) six straight points, cutting the Bulldogs lead to 25-21 with 5:00 remaining in the half.
Freshman guard Dhashon Dyson (Chicago, IL) gave Shaw its first lead of the contest at 30-27 with 2:50 left off back-to-back three-point baskets. BSU's Cameron Hayes wouldn't let the Bulldogs stay down long as he answered with a flurry of three-point baskets to put the Bulldogs ahead 39-37. Bowie State then split a pair at the line to go ahead 40-39 at the break after Dyson tied the game again at 39-39.
The Bears opened the second half on a quick 4-0 run with baskets from Martin and Kelley to force an early BSU timeout less than a minute into the half with Shaw leading 43-40. Shaw remained hot from outside at Dyson and Martin hit back-to-back three's pushing the Bears lead to 49-42. Senior Imani Miller (Memphis, TN) added a three of his own from the top of the key beating the shot clock to put Shaw ahead 56-49.
While leading 58-49 at the 13:20 mark, the Shaw offense finally cooled off as Bowie State started their comeback run trimming the Bears lead to 58-54 before eventually tying the contest at 62-62 with 9:05 left in regulation. With the game tied again at 64-64, the freshman tandem of Martin and Dyson went on a 7-2 run to give Shaw a 71-66 lead with 4:57 left in regulation.
But again, the Bulldogs would not go down easily eventually pulling ahead 77-73 before Martin ended the run with four straight points to pull Shaw within 79-77 with 1:27 left. After falling behind 81-77, Martin connected again from outside to trim the Bears deficit to 81-80. Bowie State missed on the other end giving Shaw a chance to retake the lead inside the final minute. The chance would fade away quickly as Shaw turned the ball over leading to a fast-break layup for the Bulldogs with 25.4 left in regulation. Down three Shaw called up the tying play missing on its first attempt. Shaw maintained possession as senior guard DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) collected the offensive rebound and found Martin in the deep corner who tied the contest at 83-83 with 9.7 on the clock. BSU advanced the ball to half court before calling a timeout with 3.4 left. The Bulldogs last second attempt bounced off the rim and out sending the game into overtime and the Spaulding faithful into a frenzy.
The extra period started out close, but eventually BSU grabbed the lead for good with back-to-back three-point baskets putting the Bulldogs ahead 93-87 with 1:55 remaining in overtime. Free throws the rest of the way pushed the Bowie State lead to double digits providing the 13-point victory for the visiting Bulldogs.
Martin finished the game with a career-high 34 points and 7 rebounds. Martin also went perfect from the charity stripe (7-7) and from behind the arc (5-5). Fellow freshman Dyson followed with 19 points. Leading scorer Kelley added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists while also playing the entire contest. Miller poured in a season high 11 points to round out the double figure scoring for Shaw.
The Bears will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 12 as Shaw hosts Elizabeth City State University. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. inside historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. This contest will count in the conference standings.
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