Shaw vs. Virginia State – basketball
Here at Shaw to see Virginia State’s women. The Trojans are the only undefeated team – men or women – left in the CIAA. Let’s see what they got.
Former St. Augustine’s head coach and S.C. State and N.C. Central assistant coach Antonio Davis is now an assistant with his ol’ pal Jacques Curtis. Davis replaces coach Rashad who didn’t return to the staff.
Shaw is shooting lights out early on and playing some defense. Bears lead 17-11 with 9:46 left in a quick first half. Just found out from SID Sherri Fillingham that there are no media timeouts during the women’s game this year. YAHOO!!!
Bears are hitting the lights out from 3-point range. Nothing like an undefeated team to get the juices flowing. But it’s their defense so far that’s the most impressive. Trojans have 20 points with 4 minutes left.
Kamiya Burwell hits a layup to give Shaw a 29-20 lead with 3 minutes left in first half. VSU can’t get any offense going. Kaula Jacks makes it 31-20. Jacks makes it 33-22. Shaw limiting VSU to one shot – dominating the boards.
Halftime: 33-24 Shaw leads. Someone just asked if VSU “played anybody” during the non-conference season.
No player scored in double figures. Micah Brooks and Kamiya Burwell scored eight points apiece for the Bears who shot 42% from the field while holding VSU to 29%. Shaw outrebounded VSU 28-15.
Jessica Lyons’ 3 pulls the Trojans to within 5 with 16:29 left. VSU starting to heat up. You know, I don’t know why they make the ball smaller for women’s basketball. They still make just as many turnovers as before. Personally, I think it hinders their dribble instead of helps.
Prynces Tate-Dublin nails a 3 to pull VSU to 40-37 but Shaw counters with a bucket.
VSU’s Jessica Lyons hits another 3 and VSU trails by 4. Had a chance to cut it further but gave the ball up. Shaw has gotten cold from the field however. 11 minutes left. This might be interesting after all.
Lamesha Deal hits 2 FTs to pull VSU to 2.
Ariel Hatcher hits a 3 and Shaw has scored 7 straight to lead 51-42 with 9 minutes left.
Getting physical out there.
Cana Marriott’s layup pulls Trojans to their closest in the game – 51-50 with 6:46 left. But Jacks coolly nails 2 FTs for a 3-point lead. Tiffanie Adair pulls VSU to 1 again. And now Trojans have chance to take the lead. Alexandria Massado is at the line to give VSU the lead. Misses first. Misses both. Hatcher makes them pay for missing those FTs with a big trey. 56-52 Shaw with 5:15 left. Adair gets a putback for a two-point deficit.
Jacks hits a 2 to give Shaw a 4-pt lead. A FT makes it 5 with 3:34 left. VSU is cold from 3-pt range. Their shots are barely touching the basket.
Hatcher gets a steal and a layup to put the Bears up 56-52 with 2 minutes left. Diamond Mitchell gets another steal and layup for a 6-pt lead before VSU hits a 2. 65-61 Shaw leads with 26 seconds left.
Jacks hits 2 FTs to give Shaw a 67-61 lead with 22.9 seconds left.
VSU finally nails a 3. 67-64 with 14.8 seconds left.
Bears get a FT and a steal. Burwell is fouled and at the line with 3.6 seconds left. Makes the 1st. Game over. Shaw wins 69-64. There are no more undefeated teams in the C-I.
Jacks leads all scorers with 18 points; Hatcher had 16 points and Mitchell added 10. Shaw outrebounded VSU 52-34. But the Bears also committed 26 TOs. Yikes!
Ah, just like old times – Cleo Hill Jr. and Lonnie Blow Jr. Blow has a 5-1 record against Shaw from his two stints at St. Aug’s. And in case you’re wondering, Blow returns to the Falcons in early February. Can’t wait for that one. Shaw is 4-8 but 2-0 in CIAA; VSU is 7-5 but 0-1 in CIAA.
So far Trojans are 3 for 3. Just missed. 6-5 lead. Both teams are going at it. Tie game at 8 apiece. Teams are still playing even. Tied at 11 with 10:22 left in first half. Shaw’s Larry Richardson hits a trey to tie the game at 14.
SID Sherri says tonight’s game may be senior guard Curtis Hines’ last as a Bear. Hines eligibility will expire after tonight. They are hoping, she said, for a waiver from the NCAA.
We’re now tied at 17. And 19. Low-scoring game. Been stuck at 19 for a while now with 4 minutes left. Shaw’s Derrick Hunter breaks the tie with a reverse layup. Richardson hits a 3 to give the Bears a 24-19 lead.
Jeffery LeGree’s 2 FTs gives Shaw its biggest lead of 7 with 1:36 left but Allen Harris hits a 2, but Richardson comes right back with a second three to make it 31-23. Karon Reed gets a putback and is fouled just a buzzer sounds. Misses FT. Shaw leads 33-23 at halftime.
Richardson is the only player in double figures with 12 points. The Bears shot a scorching 55.6% from the field compared to VSU’s 45%.
Joe Reid makes a short hook for the first points of the second half for a 13-point lead. Coach Hill just got a warning from the official: “No more,” the official said and you know what that means.
Elijah Moore pulls VSU to within 8 with 16:40 left. But Hines stops the mini-run with a 3. Back to 11.
Trojans have fought to cut it to 6 with 12 minutes left. But 6-10 forward Bilal Kelly hits a sweet turnaround jumper to put Shaw up 8. Richardson nails another 3 to put the Bears back up by double digits.
Reed just put down a dunk so hard, the backboard is still shaking. Another 3 by Richardson. Shaw leads 55-43 with 7:53 left. According to Sherri, Richardson has scored 18 points in 18 minutes.
Shaw is holding on to its lead 64-52 with 3:36 left. Let’s not dilly-dally, there’s a BCS championship game on, although Auburn is leading 14-3. A colleague here is about to faint.
VSU has gone to full-court press. Trimmed deficit to 7 points. Hill is all out of the coaches’ box. 2:40 left.
Unless Shaw has a major meltdown, the Bears should win this one. Lead 71-61 with 2:25 left. The win will be their 3rd straight – all conference wins.
But VSU won’t die. Trail 73-67 with 48 seconds left. Forced to foul with the clock down to 40 seconds.
Lincoln SID Jason Pompey just tweeted that the Lions were “edged” by Livingstone 79-47. I don’t know what dictionary he uses, but that’s not “edged.
Shaw is going to win. Lead 76-69 with 4 seconds left. Game over 77-69.
And so is the BCS it looks like. Auburn leads 21-3 in the second quarter, but the game isn’t over.