Jan 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The Shaw University men's basketball team could not find the bottom of the net, leading to a loss to cross-town rival Saint Augustine's 75-63 in a game played Saturday afternoon at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
The Bears hit only 19 of 63 shots for 30.2 percent - that after hitting only 20.7 percent in the first half. The Bears' previous low on the season was their 41.2 percent performance in their overtime loss to Kentucky Wesleyan.
"This is probably the worst shooting performance we've had since I got here as head coach," said Shaw head coach Cleo Hill, Jr. "They had a good game plan and stopped the middle up. We had some scoring in spurts, but overall we were a jump shooting team and they were contested shots and a lot were a lot deeper than we liked. They didn't fall. On the offensive end, we just didn't execute."
In contrast, Saint Augustine's hit a torrid 61.9 percent (26 of 42) on their way to the win.
"I thought they were patient and moved the ball side to side and got good shots," said Hill. "We put in the scouting report that they're going to pass the ball and use the clock to put you to sleep. Then, inside 12 seconds, they'll make a move and get a good shot."
The news wasn't all bad for the Bears, even as they dropped their third straight to fall to 12-7 overall, 6-3 in the CIAA and 0-3 in the Southern Division.
"There are a couple of things we did do well," said Hill. "We hit free throws and we held Saint Augustine's to fewer than ten offensive rebounds."
The Bears, who had been shooting 69.1 percent from the charity stripe coming into the game, hit 83.3 percent of their shots (20 of 24) on the afternoon.
Shaw has also suffered on the boards, often giving up as many as 15 offensive rebounds. Against Saint Augustine's, the Bears allowed the Falcons to grab only six offensive boards.
The game opened with a shower of three pointers from both teams. When the two teams tied at ten, Shaw had hit three treys, while Saint Augustine's had two.
Shaw built a four-point lead on a pair of free throws from Karron Johnson and a tip in from Latrail McCoy that made the score 14-10 with 13:09 left in the first.
Saint Augustine's responded by scoring the next seven points, including a three from Percy Woods. With 12:01 left, the Falcons led 17-14.
With 9:04 left, Junius Chaney sank a pair of free throws to cut the SAU lead to two at 20-18. Fueled by a three from Nick Chamblee, the Falcons scored seven straight points to take a 27-18 lead with 6:12 left.
Three minutes later, the Falcons extended their lead to ten on a pair of free throws from Joel Kindred. Taurus Dortch sank a pair of free throws for Shaw to cut the lead to eight, but SAU responded by scoring the final five points of the half, taking a 40-27 lead into the locker room.
The second half continued in much the same vein for the first seven minutes. Saint Augustine's continued to slowly build their lead, and with 12:59 left in the contest, Jon Kindred hit a three to give the Falcons a 57-37 lead.
Eight seconds later, Mohammed Abdur-Rahim hit a layup that began a nine-point run by the Bears. Curtis Hines hit a three and Andre Paulk hit two layups - the second one with 8:39 left - to cut the Saint Aug lead to 57-46 with 8:39 left in the game.
The two teams battled evenly much the rest of the way. With 2:51 left, Paulk got a tip in of a missed Hines' three pointer to cut the Falcon lead to 10, 64-54. Saint Aug scored the next three, and Shaw could cut it no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Saint Augustine's extended their lead to 15 on a jumper from Tyquan Stroman, with 56 ticks left on the clock. Paulk hit a three for Shaw, then the teams exchanged buckets for the 75-63 final.
Paulk finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bears. Karron Johnson and Hines each finished with ten. Derrick Hunter led Shaw in assists with three.
The Falcons - who improve to 13-6 overall, 6-3 in the conference and 3-0 in the Southern Division with the win - were led by Jonathan Crawley with 16 points, Stroman with 14, Chris Johnson with 12 and Jon Kindred with ten. Johnson and Crawley had eight rebounds apiece. Chamblee had six assists to pace Saint Augustine's.
The Bears return to action on Wednesday night when they host Fayetteville State at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.