RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 26) – Red-hot Saint Augustine’s University hosts three home games this week beginning Monday, Jan. 27, against Johnson C. Smith University at Emery Gymnasium. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.
After facing Johnson C. Smith, the Falcons will host Claflin University on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Fayetteville State University on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. All three games against CIAA Southern Division teams will take place in a six-day span for the Falcons, who are on a two-game winning streak.
Tickets are $13 for general admission as part of a doubleheader with the women’s game and $8.50 for the following with valid ID: visiting students, SAU faculty, SAU staff, senior citizens, military personnel and youth ages 6 to 12. Admission is free for SAU students with valid ID and youth ages five and under per one paying adult.
Fans can also follow the contest via live video and live stats on saintaugfalcons.com. Live video of the game is also on the CIAA Sports Network (theciaasn.com).
The Falcons (2-6 CIAA, 7-11 overall) finished strong last week with a three-point road win over Livingstone College and an 11-point home victory over crosstown rival Shaw University. The Falcons were on fire against Shaw in Saturday’s (Jan. 25) 105-94 triumph, scoring a season-high in points. They shot 60.3 percent from the floor including 14 of 29 from three-point range for 48.3 percent. The overall shooting percentage was the second-highest for the Falcons this season.
Six players scored in double figures against Shaw for SAU led by 20 points from Nilous Hodge (So./Charlotte, NC). Donte Edwards (So./Durham, NC) had 19 points, Gary Jefferson (Jr./Baltimore, MD) scored 17 points, Jalen Gaddy (Sr./Raleigh, NC) recorded 16 points, Miguel Brown (Jr./Wilson, NC) finished with 13 points and Karaan Clemonts (Jr./Weldon, NC) tallied 10 points.
Jefferson leads the Falcons in scoring (14.1) and Gaddy averages 13.4 points. Both Jefferson, Gaddy and Edwards (9.5 points) are among the CIAA’s top 15 players in three-pointers made per game, and Gaddy ranks ninth in the league in free throw shooting (79.3 percent). Clemonts, who averages 9.2 points, is tied for ninth in the CIAA in assists (2.8) and fourth in steals (1.4).
Johnson C. Smith (6-3 CIAA, 12-5 overall) is second in the Southern Division, while Claflin (5-5 CIAA, 9-11 overall) and Fayetteville State (5-5 CIAA, 16-5 overall) are tied with Livingstone for third place. The Falcons, who are sixth, seek to move up the standings this week.
The Golden Bulls are sparked by Cayse Minor, who ranks fourth in the CIAA in scoring (18.3). He ranks eighth in the conference in field goal percentage (44.6) and fourth in free throw percentage (84.8). Justice Goodloe ranks second in the CIAA in assists (4.2) and first in assist/turnover ratio.
Letrell West leads Claflin in scoring (13.9) and Jalen Seegars (16.1) is the top scorer for Fayetteville State. Seegars ranks ninth in the CIAA in scoring and 10th in the CIAA in field goal percentage (41.9).
-Office of Sports Information