MURFREESBORO, NC (Dec 17) – On Saturday, Anthony Gaskins (Sr./Greenville, NC) scored 12 points and Anthony Cadogan (Fr./Queens, NY) added a season-high 10 points for Saint Augustine’s University in a 74-61 CIAA men’s basketball loss to Chowan University at the Helms Center.
The foursome of Quincy January (Jr./Atlanta, GA), Kenneth Collins (Jr./Clayton, NC), Chris Melton (So./Richmond, VA) and D.J. Harrison (So./Winston-Salem, NC) each added eight points for the Falcons, whose three-game win streak came to an end. The Falcons (2-1 CIAA, 7-6 overall) began the day having won five of their previous six games.
The Falcons had a good week despite the loss to the Hawks. Playing three CIAA away games in five days, the Falcons posted a 2-1 record including victories over defending conference champion Virginia State University on Tuesday and Elizabeth City State University on Thursday.
Against the Hawks, the Falcons were in the contest in the second half. The Falcons led 35-34 at the 15:54 mark when January, the Falcons standout forward, fouled out after picking up his fourth personal foul and a technical foul on the same play.
Without January, the Falcons still lead 44-41 on Gaskins three-pointer with 12:43 left but the Hawks (3-0 CIAA, 7-2 overall) outscored the Falcons 33-17 the rest of the way for the win. Free throws pushed the Hawks to victory as they connected on 18 of 24 from the charity stripe in the second half. By contrast, the Falcons were 4 of 9 from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes. For the contest, the Falcons were 5 of 14 and the Hawks were 27 of 34 from the free throw line.
In the first half, Cadogan and Gaskins sparked a late run to keep the Falcons within striking distance at halftime. The Hawks led 30-24 with just under three minutes left but Cadogan scored on a jumper and Gaskins nailed a three-pointer to get the Falcons within one point. The Falcons entered halftime behind 32-29 after a Hawks layup with 32 seconds left.
Cadogan scored eight first-half points for the Falcons. Gaskins and Collins added six points apiece.
For the contest, JaQwan Ruffin (R-Fr.), who is from Ahoskie, N.C., which is near Chowan University, scored seven points for the Falcons, who shot 48.1 percent for the game. Kevin Kuteyi was the Hawks leading scorer with 21 points and Marco Haskins added 17 points. Carlos Arroyo chipped in 12 points and Joe Goodwin had 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks shot 47.6 percent.
The Falcons three-game streak of holding teams under 70 points also ended Saturday. They are 7-1 when opponents score 69 points or less.
After playing 12 of their first 13 games away from home, the Falcons will take a two-week holiday break until hosting neighboring William Peace University on Jan. 2, 2017 in the first of six consecutive home games at Emery Gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m.
— Office of Sports Information