Saint Augustine’s revived a slow-to-start first half performance and won 76-74 over Shaw in CIAA Southern Division action on Saturday.
Saint Augustine’s (6-12, 3-7, 2-3) visited Shaw (7-10, 3-6, 2-2) to kick off their crosstown rivalry. For the first six minutes, Saint Augustine’s did not put up any points and turned the ball over six times. The Falcons finally got on the board to trail 11-2 with 14:59 remaining in the first half. SAU found its groove after that and went into halftime with a 32-23 lead.
In the second half, Shaw outscored Saint Aug’s 51-44. However, SAU still managed to escape with the road victory with help from excellent 3-point shooting. Shaw took a 61-55 lead with five minutes remaining, but a three from Tyree Gaithright cut the trail to 61-58. Mel’Quan Ames put up a three to cut the trail to 64-62, and a Rashad George 3-pointer took the 65-64 lead with just under three minutes remaining in regulation. SAU did not give up the lead for the remainder of the game. Saint Augustine’s finished 8-10 from three in the second half and 12-21, an impressive 57.1%, beyond the arc through regulation.
Shaw’s Amir Hinton, NCAA D2 scoring leader, led Shaw with 23 points in the loss. Saint Augustine had three players contribute big in the victory. Tyre Gaithright led with 20 points, Rashad George put up 19 and Mel’Quan Ames came off the bench to contribute 17 points.
The victory ignited a much needed win-streak for Saint Augustine’s. SAU now has two consecutive division wins after a nine-game losing streak from mid-November throughout December. Shaw’s defeat ends its three-game win streak.
Saint Augustine’s will host Livingstone College for more S