RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard-forward Joel Kindred (Raleigh, NC) scored 14 points and junior guard Amere May (South Haven, MI) added 12 points for Saint Augustine’s University in a 60-56 CIAA men’s basketball loss to Virginia State University at Emery Gymnasium on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
Junior forward Tashaun Stockdale (Poplar, SC) added nine points and freshman guard Anthony Gaskins (Greenville, NC) chipped in eight points for the Falcons (4-7 CIAA, 11-10 overall). Junior guard-forward Tayron Gibson (Alexandria, VA) had seven points and senior center Jon Crawley (Richmond, VA) contributed four blocks.
The Falcons held the Trojans (5-6 CIAA, 12-9 overall) to 36 percent shooting while making 46 percent of their shots which led to a 34-16 advantage in inside points. But the Falcons only went to the free throw line five times, making three. The Trojans were 12-of-16 from the charity stripe. The Falcons also committed 14 turnovers to nine for the Trojans.
Gaskins scored eight points and May added seven points as the Falcons outscored the Trojans 27-25 in the second half. The Falcons opened the half with a 15-4 run to erase a six-point halftime deficit and take a 44-39 lead.
The Trojans went on a run of their own to reclaim the lead. They outscored the Falcons 13-5 for a 52-49 lead with over six minutes remaining. The Falcons led for the last time on May’s layup at 53-52. May later drilled a three-pointer to tie the score at 56-56 with over four minutes left.
The Trojans scored the last four points of the contest. They scored on a layup at the 3:47 mark for a 58-56 lead. The Trojans added two free throws with seven seconds left to ice the game.
“It was a dogfight,” St. Aug Head Coach Tony Sheals said about the low-scoring defensive battle.
Brandon Farmer led the Trojans with 11 points. Kahlil Tate scored 10 points.
The Falcons fell behind 35-29 at halftime despite shooting 54 percent from the floor. Kindred scored eight first-half points and Stockdale added six. The trio of Tate, Farmer and Allan Harris each scored eight points for the Trojans.
The Falcons are back at home against Winston-Salem State University at Emery Gymnasium on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Game time is 4 p.m.
— Sports Information Office