Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team dropped its regular season finale to Johnson C. Smith University 80-62 in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division matchup inside Brayboy Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
The Bears drop to 5-22 overall, 2-15 in the CIAA while the Golden Bulls improve to 19-7 overall and finish 13-4 in the CIAA.
Junior guard Greyson Kelley (Raleigh, NC) got the Bears off to a fast start scoring the first five points of the contest, that lead would be Shaw's biggest of the contest. JCSU responded with a 7-0 run quickly after several lead changes with Shaw leading 19-16 at the 11:17 mark of the first half. The Bears went ahead 25-20 before another JCSU run flipped their deficit into a seven-point lead at the half at 35-28.
The second half saw the Golden Bulls take control of the contest going ahead double digits for the remainder of the game, including a 44-33 stand and eventually at 55-35 with 13:50 left in the game. JCSU shot a blistering 63-percent from the floor during the second half to cruise to the double-digit win securing a share of the CIAA Southern Division crown.
Junior forward Alex Owens (Brandenton, FL) recorded his third double-double of the season leading the Bears with 14 points and 13 rebounds while fellow junior guard Josue Kamba (Raleigh, NC) followed with 13 points.
Shaw will now await the official seedings for the 2020 CIAA Tournament in Charlotte, NC.
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