Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team returned to the road to face the defending Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Virginia State University Trojans for the second time in just twelve days. The Bears again found themselves on the wrong end of the score as they fell to VSU 98-61 Saturday evening inside the VSU Multipurpose Center.
With the loss, Shaw falls to 4-5 overall. VSU improves to 7-4 on the season. Tonight's matchup was deemed a non-conference tilt.
Shaw opened the contest with a 16-11 lead and led by six points twice before the Trojans took control of the contest using their depth inside to push ahead 25-19. The VSU lead would explode to 31-19 before freshman Nigel Martin (Cleveland, OH) knocked down a three to end the 20-3 Trojan run trimming the Bears deficit to 31-22 with 5:05 remaining in the half. The Bears kept things within single digits due to efficient outside shooting trailing at the half 37-30. Shaw went the entire opening stanza without making a two-point field goal going 0-8 from inside the arc but 9-17 beyond it.
VSU opened the second half on an 4-0 run to push their lead back to double digits before Martin scored inside providing Shaw its first two-point basket of the contest at the 17:55 mark. The Trojans pushed their lead up to 49-34 with 15:30 remaining in the contest. The Bears gave a valiant effort but were outmanned inside and found themselves trailing by 22 at the 9:55 media timeout. The Trojans were able to maintain their double-digit lead the rest of the contest securing the non-conference win over the Bears.
The Bears will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 19 as Shaw travels to Livingstone College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. inside New Trent Gymnasium in Salisbury, NC.
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