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Shaw stages second-half comeback, downs St. Aug's 83-77

Posted February 16, 2013

The Shaw University men's basketball team came from nine points down in the second half and rallied to defeat cross-town rival Saint Augustine's 83-77 in a game played Saturday afternoon at Emery Gymnasium.

The Bears - who had led very early in the game - took back the lead with 6:24 left in the second half, then battled the rest of the way to hold on to - and eventually build - the lead.

With the win, Shaw improves to 14-10 on the season, 8-6 in the CIAA and 2-6 in the conference's Southern Division. Saint Augustine's - who had held a share of first in the division coming into the game - falls to 15-9, 8-6 in the conference and 5-3 in the division.

The Bears were led by Taurus Dortch who had a season-high 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the floor - including hitting all five three pointers he put up. Three other Bears scored in double digits, including Latrail McCoy with 15, Junius Chaney with 14 and Andre Paulk with ten. McCoy added eight assists to his performance.

As a team, the Bears shot a solid 53.8 percent off of 28 of 52 from the floor, including 10 of 15 from beyond the arc. In the second half - as they were staging their comeback - the Bears hit all six treys they launched.

In comparison, the Falcons hit 25 of 52 for 48.1 percent and sank only six of the 15 three pointers they put up.

For only the second time this season, the Bears turned over the ball fewer than ten times. The nine miscues is the second lowest on the season (they turned the ball over only eight times against Flagler on December 29).

The Bears struggled on the boards, though, pulling in 28 rebounds in comparison to Saint Augustine's 37.

Curtis Hines outscored the Falcons 5-2 in the opening three minutes of the game, hitting a layup and then a long three from the left corner.

Saint Aug scored the next four points to take the lead - a lead they would hold until the later minutes of the second half.

After Chaney trimmed the Falcon lead to only one with a layup off an assist from McCoy, Saint Aug scored six straight, punctuated by a layup from Daniel Clark with 12:25 remaining in the half.

Chaney stopped the bleeding momentarily, taking another McCoy pass for a layup, and then converting a single free throw shot off the foul.

The Falcons - keyed by a three from Joel Kindred - built their lead to ten on a 9-3 run that ended at the midway mark in the half on a three from Clark.

A three from McCoy began to change the tide, allowing Shaw to start trimming the Saint Aug lead. With 5:17 left in the half, Chaney hit a pair of free throws to trim the Saint Aug lead to five.

The Falcons answered by scoring four straight. Then, with 2:14 left in the half, Paulk tipped in a missed McCoy layup to trim the Falcon lead to 39-32.

The Falcons scored five straight to build their lead to 12 - their largest lead of the game - on a Kindred three and a layup from Clark. Dortch then closed out the half scoring five straight and cutting the Saint Augustine's lead to 44-37 at the half.

As the second half opened, Shaw trimmed the lead to five, but then saw Saint Augustine's score four straight and build the lead back to nine on a pair of free throws from Nick Chamblee. The two teams would effectively exchange buckets for the next minute and a half, with the Falcons holding an eight-point lead with 15:07 left.

The Bears scored five straight points to cut the Falcon lead to three before Kindred hit another three to extend the lead back to six. For the next three minutes, Shaw struggled to get inside the three-point mark, finally cutting their deficit to only one when Dortch hit a short jumper with 9:02 left in the game.

For another two and a half minutes, Shaw kept flirting with taking the lead, but could not get the critical bucket. Finally, with 6:24 showing on the clock, McCoy hit a three to give Shaw a 66-65 lead.

Kindred answered with a jumper in the lane to reclaim the lead, but Dortch hit one of his threes to recapture the lead - a lead the Bears would not relinquish.

Percy Woods hit a layup for the Falcons to cut the Saint Aug deficit to two, but Hines hit a three to stretch the lead back to five.

With 2:10 left, Kindred hit a layup, was fouled by Hines, and converted the free throw to cut Shaw's lead to only one. Keith Mitchell hit his only bucket on the afternoon to stretch the lead back to three with 1:07 left on the clock.

With 49 seconds left, Chris Johnson hit one of two free throws for Saint Aug to pull the Falcons within two.

Mitchell then put up a shot for the Bears and missed, but hauled in his own rebound. Eventually, McCoy was fouled, and hit both free throws to extend the Shaw lead to four with 15 seconds showing.

The Falcons turned the ball over and with nine seconds left, Dortch put an exclamation point on the victory, closing out the scoring with a resounding dunk, giving Shaw the 83-77 win.

Kindred finished the game with 18 points while Percy Woods had 14 and Crawley had ten. Crawley's ten rebounds gave him a double-double for the game. Chamblee led the Falcons with four assists.

The Bears will return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Fayetteville State. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Capel Arena.

For more information on Shaw athletics, visit www.shawbears.com.
Shaw Stages Second-Half Comeback; Downs Saint Augustine's 83-77

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Shaw University men's basketball team came from nine points down in the second half and rallied to defeat cross-town rival Saint Augustine's 83-77 in a game played Saturday afternoon at Emery Gymnasium.

The Bears - who had led very early in the game - took back the lead with 6:24 left in the second half, then battled the rest of the way to hold on to - and eventually build - the lead.

With the win, Shaw improves to 14-10 on the season, 8-6 in the CIAA and 2-6 in the conference's Southern Division. Saint Augustine's - who had held a share of first in the division coming into the game - falls to 15-9, 8-6 in the conference and 5-3 in the division.

The Bears were led by Taurus Dortch who had a season-high 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the floor - including hitting all five three pointers he put up. Three other Bears scored in double digits, including Latrail McCoy with 15, Junius Chaney with 14 and Andre Paulk with ten. McCoy added eight assists to his performance.

As a team, the Bears shot a solid 53.8 percent off of 28 of 52 from the floor, including 10 of 15 from beyond the arc. In the second half - as they were staging their comeback - the Bears hit all six treys they launched.

In comparison, the Falcons hit 25 of 52 for 48.1 percent and sank only six of the 15 three pointers they put up.

For only the second time this season, the Bears turned over the ball fewer than ten times. The nine miscues is the second lowest on the season (they turned the ball over only eight times against Flagler on December 29).

The Bears struggled on the boards, though, pulling in 28 rebounds in comparison to Saint Augustine's 37.

Curtis Hines outscored the Falcons 5-2 in the opening three minutes of the game, hitting a layup and then a long three from the left corner.

Saint Aug scored the next four points to take the lead - a lead they would hold until the later minutes of the second half.

After Chaney trimmed the Falcon lead to only one with a layup off an assist from McCoy, Saint Aug scored six straight, punctuated by a layup from Daniel Clark with 12:25 remaining in the half.

Chaney stopped the bleeding momentarily, taking another McCoy pass for a layup, and then converting a single free throw shot off the foul.

The Falcons - keyed by a three from Joel Kindred - built their lead to ten on a 9-3 run that ended at the midway mark in the half on a three from Clark.

A three from McCoy began to change the tide, allowing Shaw to start trimming the Saint Aug lead. With 5:17 left in the half, Chaney hit a pair of free throws to trim the Saint Aug lead to five.

The Falcons answered by scoring four straight. Then, with 2:14 left in the half, Paulk tipped in a missed McCoy layup to trim the Falcon lead to 39-32.

The Falcons scored five straight to build their lead to 12 - their largest lead of the game - on a Kindred three and a layup from Clark. Dortch then closed out the half scoring five straight and cutting the Saint Augustine's lead to 44-37 at the half.

As the second half opened, Shaw trimmed the lead to five, but then saw Saint Augustine's score four straight and build the lead back to nine on a pair of free throws from Nick Chamblee. The two teams would effectively exchange buckets for the next minute and a half, with the Falcons holding an eight-point lead with 15:07 left.

The Bears scored five straight points to cut the Falcon lead to three before Kindred hit another three to extend the lead back to six. For the next three minutes, Shaw struggled to get inside the three-point mark, finally cutting their deficit to only one when Dortch hit a short jumper with 9:02 left in the game.

For another two and a half minutes, Shaw kept flirting with taking the lead, but could not get the critical bucket. Finally, with 6:24 showing on the clock, McCoy hit a three to give Shaw a 66-65 lead.

Kindred answered with a jumper in the lane to reclaim the lead, but Dortch hit one of his threes to recapture the lead - a lead the Bears would not relinquish.

Percy Woods hit a layup for the Falcons to cut the Saint Aug deficit to two, but Hines hit a three to stretch the lead back to five.

With 2:10 left, Kindred hit a layup, was fouled by Hines, and converted the free throw to cut Shaw's lead to only one. Keith Mitchell hit his only bucket on the afternoon to stretch the lead back to three with 1:07 left on the clock.

With 49 seconds left, Chris Johnson hit one of two free throws for Saint Aug to pull the Falcons within two.

Mitchell then put up a shot for the Bears and missed, but hauled in his own rebound. Eventually, McCoy was fouled, and hit both free throws to extend the Shaw lead to four with 15 seconds showing.

The Falcons turned the ball over and with nine seconds left, Dortch put an exclamation point on the victory, closing out the scoring with a resounding dunk, giving Shaw the 83-77 win.

Kindred finished the game with 18 points while Percy Woods had 14 and Crawley had ten. Crawley's ten rebounds gave him a double-double for the game. Chamblee led the Falcons with four assists.

The Bears will return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Fayetteville State. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Capel Arena.

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  • etmerritt33 Feb 17, 11:02 a.m.

    Where is Karron Johnson????? No mention made of him for the last two games and nothing on the internet as to his status??? Coming down the stretch for his senior season and the CIAA tourney coming up soon it seems beyond strange that he has disappeared. Anyone know what is going on???

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 17, 4:27 a.m.

    Wow! Come on Falcons.

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