Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team saw its season come to a close in the opening round of the 2020 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament falling to Fayetteville State University 80-65 Wednesday morning inside the Bojangles Coliseum.
Junior guard Greyson Kelley (Raleigh, NC) led four Shaw players in double figures with 20 points (5-13 FG, 9-10 FT). Senior guard DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) added 14 points while Nigel Martin (Cleveland, OH) chipped in 10 points. Junior forward Alex Owens (Brandenton, FL) recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Both teams started off slowly with the Bears putting the first points on the board for either team via free throws at the 17:44 mark. The Broncos defense held the Bears to just two free field goals over the first 8:45 while jumping out to a 16-6 lead. Shaw then made five of their next seven shots, producing a 14-5 run to pull within one 21-20 with 6:58 remaining.
Three straight baskets from the Broncos pushed their lead back up to seven 27-20 with 5:08 remaining. A dunk from Owens shaved two points off the Broncos lead but two straight turnovers by Shaw led to five Bronco points and a 10-point lead 32-22. FSU closed out the half on a 9-2 run to lead 41-24 at the break.
Fayetteville State opened the half with a 15-4 run over the first seven minutes, pushing their lead to 28, 56-28 and later increased the margin to 30 points, 61-31. Shaw cut the lead to 21 with a 14-5 spurt but would come no closer until the final minute with three-point baskets from Kelsie and senior guard Richard Shout (Manchester, NH) along with a layup from Owens made the final score 80-65.
Shaw concludes its 2019-20 campaign 5-23 overall.
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