Shaw Falls to #25 Kentucky Wesleyan in Overtime 76-68

Posted November 24, 2012

— Shaw held a double-digit lead midway through the second half, but foul trouble limited their offensive power and the Bears fell to #25 Kentucky Wesleyan in the championship game of the Glenn Young Invitational at the Sportscenter on the campus of Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday night.

With the loss, Shaw snaps a three-game winning streak and falls to 3-2. Kentucky Wesleyan remains unbeaten in four games this season.

Shaw built a lead in the first half largely on free throws. The Panthers outshot the Bears, hitting 42 percent of their 26 shots in the first, while the Bears managed only seven of 22 (32 percent). But the Bears went to the free throw line 20 times in the first, hitting 17 while Wesleyan only saw the charity stripe eight times, hitting five.

KWC took the 2-0 lead, but was answered 20 second later when Keith Mitchell found the bottom of the net with a jump shot to tie the game and triggering a six-point run for the Bears. They did not trail in the first half after that point.

The Bears built their largest lead of the half a few plays later when Karron Johnson hit a jumper off a pass from Latrail McCoy to give the Bears a 10-4 lead.

The Panthers responded, going on a 14-4 scoring run to tie the game at 14, but Shaw went on an 8-2 run to solidify their lead, eventually taking a 33-29 lead into the locker room at the half.

The second half was a complete reversal in terms of hitting the free throw line. Shaw shot nine free throws in the second half (making five) while the Panthers shot 27 free throws and made 23.

Despite that, Shaw did manage to build an 11-point lead midway through the half. Mohammed Abdur-Rahim and Andre Paulk combined for five points to give Shaw a 49-39 lead with 10:32 left in regulation.
After a KWC bucket, Mitchell drained a three giving the Bears a 52-41 cushion.

With 4:55 left in regulation, Mitchell hit a layup to give Shaw a 60-54 lead. Kentucky Wesleyan answered with six straight points, tying the game at 60.

With the score tied at 62 and nine seconds left in the game, Johnson became the second Shaw player to foul out, sending KWC's Donovan Johnson to the line. He sank both, giving the Panthers the lead.

Derrick Hunter then found Andre Paulk in the lane for a last second layup that sent the game into overtime.

With two players already out of the game - and three others with four fouls and playing cautiously, Shaw struggled in the five-minute overtime, scoring only four points.

Shaw actually held the lead with 3:16 left in the game when Taurus Dortch hit a layup to give the Bears a 68-66 lead. Kentucky Wesleyan closed out the game with ten straight points and the 76-68 win.

Mitchell led the Bears with 17 points while Johnson and Paulk had 11 apiece. Johnson had 11 boards to lead Shaw.

Dazmond Starke led the Panthers with 19 points. Johnson had 15, Lucas Barker 11 and Rico Ferguson had ten. Starke led both teams with 14 rebounds and Barker had six assists.

The Bears now take a ten-day break before resuming action on Monday, December 3 when they host Barton at 7:30 p.m.


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