Bears Win Battle at the Charity Stripe; Teams Combine to Shoot 71 Free Throws
December 1, 2009
ELIZABETH CITY, NC - The Shaw University Bears remain perfect at 4-0 the young season as the captured a 76-72 win over Elizabeth City State University Tuesday night at the RL Vaughan Center.
The most telling stat of the contest was the number of fouls called (56) and the combined team free throws which totaled 71. The Bears were the beneficiaries making two more free throws (30) than the Vikings took (28). Shaw shot 23-32 from the line in the second half alone (converting 7- 15 attempts from the floor) while the Vikings converted 16-21 free throws in the second stanza.
The game’s final minute saw a 3-pointer by Quintin Spady with 31 seconds to go pull the Vikings to within a basket of the Bears 72-70. Eric Pitts was fouled and sent to the line where he converted 1-2 for a 73-70 lead. With 20 seconds left a layup by Jermaine Abraham had the Vikings trailing by one; then Shaw’s Michael Smith was fouled with 10 ticks left. Smith made 1-2 for a 74-72 lead. With 3 seconds to go Marquie Cooke’s layup missed its mark and ECSU was forced to foul Raheem Smith who sank two shots for the game’s final points.
Cooke finished with a game high 24 points, 7 assists and a team high 9 rebounds. Trent Bivens added 19 points while Spady chipped in with 10.
Darryl Johnson and Raheem Smith each had 20 points for Shaw as they move to 4-0 overall (CIAA 4-0).
ECSU (3-3, CIAA 1-2) will host St. Augustine’s on Saturday at 7:30 pm at the RL Vaughan Center. For more information ECSU Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com.