Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
RALEIGH, N.C. – A first-half drought proved costly as the Shaw University men's basketball team fell to the Livingstone College Blue Bears 107-85 in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) matchup inside New Trent Gymnasium in Salisbury, N.C. Thursday evening.
With the loss, Shaw falls to 4-6 overall, 1-2 CIAA and 0-1 Southern division. Livingstone improves to 8-4 on the season, 3-3 in the CIAA and 1-1 in the Southern division.
Things remained closed to start the contest as Shaw jumped out to an 11-9 lead with the help of eight quick points from junior guard Greyson Kelley (Raleigh, NC) at the first break in action. Kelley hit his third three-point basket right out of the break to give Shaw a five-point lead. The lead would be brief as Livingstone keyed on a few Bears turnovers and converted those into baskets inside to give the Blue Bears a 26-17 lead at the 10:16 mark of the half. The Shaw offense cooled off tremendously the rest of the half as the Livingstone lead grew to 18 with 6:00 left before finally landing at 53-30 at halftime.
Things continued to go south for the Bears to open the second half as Livingstone opened its biggest lead at 68-39 with 15:17 left in the contest. The three-point basket proved to be the Bears most efficient offense on the evening shooting 16-39 from beyond the arc. Livingstone countered with too much inside scoring and decent outside shooting themselves before Shaw made a run to close the game to trim the Livingstone deficit in half. The Blue Bears lead was too much to overcome as they handed Shaw its first division loss of the season.
Kelley led the Bears in scoring with 24 points on 6-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Nigel Martin (Cleveland, OH) followed with 18 points. Senior guard DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) and freshman guard Dhashon Dyson (Chicago, IL) added 14 points each to round out the four Bears in double figures.
Shaw returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 21 as the Bears travel to Orangeburg, S.C. to battle Claflin University in another CIAA Southern division matchup. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m.
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