Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team will close out its three game home stand looking to end a three-game skid as they host Elizabeth City State University Thursday, Dec. 12. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. inside historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
Live coverage will be available on www.shawbears.com with Donal Ware calling the live action on the Shaw Bears Sports Network along with color analyst Daimeon S. Banks. Fans can also follow live tweets on Twitter @ShawBears.
Shaw enters the contest with a 3-4 record and 0-1 overall in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), most recently dropping an overtime heartbreaker to Bowie State University, 100-87 on Saturday, Dec.7.
The Bears are led by junior guard Greyson Kelley (Raleigh, NC) who averages 22.3 points per game – good for second in the CIAA. Senior guard David Madol (Manchester, NH) adds 17 points per contest along with a team-high 8.3 rebounds while freshman guard Dhashon Dyson (Chicago, IL) follows with 16.0 points and fellow freshman and CIAA Rookie of the Week, Nigel Martin (Cleveland, OH) contributes 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds.
As a team, the Bears are averaging 85.1 points per game which ranks third in the CIAA while shooting 46-percent from the floor, 37-percent from behind the arc and 74.4-percent from the free-throw line which also ranks third in the league.
Elizabeth City State (6-3, 0-0 CIAA) enters Thursday's matchup averaging 75.9 points per game. The Vikings are currently shooting 48-percent from the floor. On the defensive end, the Vikings hold a rebound margin over their opponents 35.6 to 30.3 while averaging 6.5 steals per contest. Most recently, ECSU fell on the road to UNC- Pembroke 86-81 on Dec.9.
This will be the second matchup this season between the Bears and Vikings with Shaw looking to avenge an 80-70 defeat on Nov. 19 in Elizabeth City. The Bears saw a 13-point advantage at the half evaporate as they were outscored 46-23 by the Vikings in the second half. Madol led all scorers with 26 points and 16 rebounds.
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