College Basketball

February 26, 2014

St. Aug’s holds off Shaw

St. Augustine’s coach Tony Sheals is really enjoying his first CIAA tournament.

St. Augustine’s coach Tony Sheals is really enjoying his first CIAA tournament.

The Falcons won their second game in as many days with a 74-59 win against crosstown rival Shaw on Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena. It is especially gratifying for Sheals, a longtime Division I coach who is in his first season at St. Augustine’s.

“Coaching in the ACC, the Big East, America East and the MEAC, you see the CIAA from a distance,” he said. “I’ve heard so much about it – the great coaches who’ve been through here, the great legends who’ve played here. It’s been a great experience.”

Tashaun Stockdale pumped in 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for St. Augustine’s, which had four players reach double figures. Jonathan Crawley and Xavier Saddler-Mee scored 11 points each and Joel Kindred added 10. Andre Paulk led Shaw with 20 points, while Joe Reid and Larry Richardson chipped in 11 and 10.

The Falcons (13-15) roared away on a 12-2 run to start the second half to put Shaw (10-16) in a hole it could get out of. St. Augustine’s hit 56.7 percent (17-of-30) of its shots in the second half, while limiting the Bears to 34.4 during that span.

“We thought we had a favorable matchup with Shaw,” Sheals said. “We thought we could defend them because in four halves, we’ve held them under 27 points, so we felt we could defend them. The key was, against their zone, could we find ways to score?”

The first half included 11 ties and nine lead changes before settling into a 27-all stalemate at the break. Paulk paced Shaw’s attack with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting, while Stockdale matched his output on 3-of-4 field goal accuracy. Neither team shot particularly well, with Shaw hitting 9-of-24 shots (37.5 percent) against St. Augustine’s 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) as the defenses gained the upper hand.

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