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MBB: St. Aug Loses To Livingstone In Final Minutes

Posted February 21, 2013

Saint Augustine’s University lost 63-59 to Livingstone College on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in a CIAA men’s basketball contest that went down to the wire.

The score was tied 59-59 with 2:25 left but the Blue Bears scored the final four points for the victory. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Falcons, who fell to 15-10 overall and 5-4 in the Southern Division. The Blue Bears improved to 19-5 overall and remained tied for first in the division at 7-2.

Despite the loss, St. Aug Head Coach Lonnie Blow saw some positives. The Falcons held the Blue Bears to zero three-point baskets in the second half after they were 6 for 11 in the first half.

“We played better defense in the second half,” said Blow, whose Falcons lead the CIAA and are ranked high nationally in field-goal percentage defense. “We gave ourselves a chance to win, but didn’t finish it off.”

There were nine lead changes and nine ties with no lead larger than six points. The Falcons led 49-45 with 10 minutes left after Jonathan Crawley (So./Richmond, Va.) scored a layup after grabbing an offensive miss. The Blue Bears came back to tie the score at 50-50, but another Crawley layup off an offensive rebound put the Falcons back ahead 52-50.

After Livingstone knotted the score again, Nick Chamblee hit a jumper to put the Falcons up by two again at 54-52. It would be the last lead for the Falcons.

The Blue Bears surged ahead 59-56 before Tyquan Stroman (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) of the Falcons drilled a trey to tie the score. The Blue Bears went 4-for-4 at the free-throw line in the final two minutes for the win. During that stretch, the Falcons committed two turnovers and missed a jumper with one second left which would have tied the game.

“We had a couple of crucial turnovers and it hurt us,” Blow said. “We shot ourselves in the foot.”

Stroman led the Falcons with 14 points. Crawley added 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Woods scored 10 points for the Falcons, who shot 39 percent. Mark Thomas led the Blue Bears with 18 points while Jody Hill and Ethan Anderson scored 16 and 12 points, respectively.

The Blue Bears held a huge advantage at the free throw line. They made 21 of 26 free throws compared to 6 of 9 for the Falcons. It offset the Falcons’ 38-18 edge in points in the paint.

Stroman scored nine points in the first half as the Falcons trailed 36-33 at halftime. Woods and Joel Kindred (Jr./Raleigh, N.C.) both added five points and Crawley scored four points in the first half for the Falcons, who shot 41 percent in the opening stanza.

The Falcons outrebounded the Blue Bears 39-27 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It led to the Falcons outscoring the Blue Bears 18-3 in second chance points. Six Falcons grabbed four or more rebounds led by Crawley’s eight. The CIAA’s top rebounding team, the Falcons have outrebounded opponents in all but three games this season.

The Falcons will attempt to regroup in their last regular-season game on Saturday, Feb. 23. They host Fayetteville State on Senior Day at 4 p.m. inside Emery Gym. It will be the last home game for seniors Jon Kindred (Raleigh, N.C.), Akeem Anderson (Memphis, Tenn.) and Chris Johnson (Hampton, Va.) in addition to Chamblee, Stroman, Woods.

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