Late Rally Falls Short; Shaw Loses To Eckerd 73-71
Posted December 15, 2012
Saint Petersburg, Fla. — Shaw rallied from 14 points down late in the second half to tie the game with 14 seconds left, but gave up a final Eckerd bucket, falling to the Tritons 73-71 in a game played at the McArthur Center.
With 8:05 left in the game, and trailing 57-48, Shaw lost the services of scoring leader Karron Johnson when he fouled out of the game. Two minutes later, the Bears trailed by 14. But a barrage of three pointers brought the Bears back into the game.
Curtis Hines, who had already scored eight points in the comeback alone, hit a layup with 14 seconds on the clock to knot the score at 71. Eckerd answered with a bucket from Josh Snodgrass with 4.8 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Bears took a timeout and set up a final play, but Derrick Hunter's jumper was off the mark and Shaw suffered their second straight loss.
With the defeat, Shaw falls to 4-4 on the season while the win improves Eckerd's record to 3-1.
The first ten minutes of the contest were ugly, with both teams committing turnovers and Shaw getting into foul trouble. With 12:02 left in the first, Latrail McCoy committed a foul - Shaw's sixth, compared to only seven Shaw points.
With 7:32 left , E.J. Moody was fouled in the act of shooting a three. He made all three free throws, giving his Tritons a 20-12 lead. Shaw answered with a three-point play on a Johnson layup and converted free throw.
Three minutes later, Hunter would sink a layup to cut the Shaw deficit to three, 23-20. Johnson would cut the deficit to two with 1:54 left in the half, but Eckerd answered with a seven-point scoring run to close out the half to earn a 34-25 lead going into the locker room.
For most of the second half, the Eckerd lead hovered at the ten-point mark, with Shaw getting as close as six, but eventually falling behind by 14 at the 5:55 mark, setting up the heroics of the final minutes.
Shaw struggled with foul trouble the entire game, committing 25 fouls to Eckerd's 15, with five players committing three or more infractions.
The Bears outshot the Tritons 46.6 percent to 45.8 percent, but struggled at the free throw line, hitting only 64 percent.
Hines finished the game with 20 points on an eight-for-16 shooting night, hitting four of ten three-point shots. Johnson finished with 19 points, hitting seven of 12 shots. Andre Paulk had ten points. Johnson led the Bears with six rebounds while Hunter had three assists.
Three Tritons had 15 points apiece - Taylor, Darrien Mack and Jerrick Stevenson. Snodgrass finished with 14 points. Mack led all rebounders with seven while Taylor had three assists to lead Eckerd.
The Bears now take a break for the holiday. They return to action on Saturday, January 29 when they take part in the Rollins Rotary Tangerine Tournament in Winter Park, Fla. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. They return home on Thursday, January 10 when they host Viriginia Union at 8:00 p.m.