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Falcons Lose 65-53 To Fayetteville State in CIAA Tourney

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 March 1, 2012

Saint Augustine's University was in another cliffhanger early Thursday morning (March 1) in the CIAA Tournament.

This time, the Falcons fell short 65-53 to Fayetteville State University on the second day of the tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena. The loss ends the season for the Falcons, who finished 14-14 overall. Fayetteville State reached the men's quarterfinals where they will take on defending league champion Shaw Thursday at 9 p.m.

The Falcons advanced to play the Broncos (10-16 overall) after junior forward Jon Kindred (Raleigh, N.C.) hit a buzzer beater Tuesday at the top of the key. There would be no last-second heroics this time for the Falcons, the No. 6 Southern Division seed.

The Falcons led 52-49 with 5:05 left on two free throws by sophomore guard Chris Rhodes (Greenville, S.C.). The Broncos closed out the contest with a 16-1 run that decided the winner. It was a disappointing end to a tight game which featured 15 lead changes, but Falcon head coach Ken Spencer was not about to hang his head after the loss.

“We won nine games last year and 14 games this season,” said Spencer, a second-year coach. “The program has made strides and will continue to improve.”

For the second consecutive night, Tyquan Stroman (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) led the team in scoring. The junior forward popped in a game-high 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Sophomore guard Joel Kindred (Raleigh, N.C.) added 12 points and sophomore guard Tyron Laughinghouse (Greenville, N.C.) chipped in seven.

The Falcons made the most of their free throw opportunities. They were 20-for-25 for 80 percent, which tied for the second highest free throw percentage this season. Every made free throw was needed because the Falcons shot poorly (32 percent) from the floor, especially behind the three-point arc (1-for-14 for 7.1 percent).

The Broncos countered with solid three-point shooting and strong inside play. They were 6-for-16 behind the arc for 37.5 percent. Their overall shooting percentage was 43.6 percent for the game.

Inside player Tyrell Tate had 14 points and nine rebounds and frontcourt mate John Herrington added 11 points. The Broncos outscored the Falcons 28-16 in the paint and were the better rebounding team (39-32).

After beating Lincoln the night before, the Falcons appeared ready to pull off another late night win. They seized momentum around the eight-minute mark in the first half, twice opening seven point leads. The Falcons went into the halftime leading 31-26.

A layup by senior forward Darrell Glass (Washington, D.C.) to begin the second half gave the Falcons another seven-point lead. His basket woke up the Broncos, who reeled off seven points in a row to tie the score at 33-33. The game was tight the rest of the way with neither team leading by more than three points until the Broncos pulled away late.

This was the final contest for seniors Glass and Jeremy Banks G/Elizabeth City, N.C.). Laughinghouse, an All-CIAA football standout, will stay solely on the gridiron next year where he will be a senior.

“They leave the program in much better shape than where it was when I started last year,” said Spencer, who returns 15 players. “They will be missed.”

Lady Falcons Scare Shaw Before Losing 80-73 In CIAA Tourney

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 March 1, 2012

Saint Augustine's University lost to Shaw University Wednesday (Feb. 29) for the third time this season, but this game was much different.

The Lady Falcons put a major scare in their crosstown rival during the CIAA Tournament women's basketball quarterfinals, but the Lady Bears closed out with an 80-73 victory at Time Warner Cable Arena. The loss ended the Lady Falcons season at 14-14, but Head Coach Rachel Bullard was proud of her women in defeat.

“Shaw is a good team, but I will take our team any day of the week, especially when they play like that,” Bullard said. CIAA player of the year Keyona Bryant (Sr./Springdale, Md.) finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in her last game in a Lady Falcon uniform. During her career, Bryant became the school's modern career scoring leader and three-time All-CIAA selection. She ended her university career with 1,601 points.

Umeka Benson (Soph./Charlotte, N.C.) added 15 points and Victoria Davis (Soph./San Diego, Calif.) had 12 points and seven rebounds as four players scored in double figures for the Lady Falcons, who outscored the Lady Bears 44-33 in the second half. Alsea Williams led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points and Kyrie Buford added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bears, who were hard on the Lady Falcons during the regular season. The Lady Bears, who won the Southern Division title and posted a league-best 15-1 CIAA mark, took both regular-season games by an average of 42.5 points.

The Lady Bears (21-6), the defending CIAA champions, appear headed toward another rout in the third meeting. They built a 47-29 halftime lead on 55 percent shooting, and the only question left was how much the Lady Bears would win by this time.

The Lady Falcons, the No. 5 Southern Division seed, answered that question with a relentless second half effort, their best against their nemesis this season. The run started after a St. Aug player and a Shaw player were ejected simultaneously early in the second half.

The ejections fired up the Lady Falcons, who trailed 52-33 at the time. They used a 32-14 run to slowly chip away at the deficit. The run was capped by Ebony Spencer's (Soph./Chesapeake, Va.) layup, which sliced the Lady Bears' lead to 66-65 with 5:31 left.

“We wanted to come out in the second half with a sense of urgency,” Bullard said. “I told them,' This is it! We've got to fight and we've got to play every single second of every single minute.”'

The Lady Falcons clearly had the momentum in the second half, but they missed two chances to either take the lead or tie. That was the closest they would get. Crystal Harris (11 points, 10 rebounds, four steals) was key down the stretch for the Lady Bears, scoring six straight points, including a critical three-point play, which pushed their lead to 72-65 with 3:08 to play.

The Lady Falcons' Denika Harden, who made four three-pointers all year, canned her third of the game to close the gap to 72-68, but Buford responded with a long three for a 75-68 lead. The Lady Bears led by nine points with 17 seconds to go.

The contest provided a glimpse of the future for the Lady Falcons. With senior Brittany Torain (Warner Robins, Ga.) out because of injury in Tuesday's win over Elizabeth City State, freshmen guards Denika Harden (Greensboro, N.C.) and Jasmine Cuffee (Norfolk, Va.) stepped up big in the second half during the Lady Falcons' rally.

Harden scored a career-high 11 points and Cuffee inspired her teammates with non-stop hustle and clever passing. It was her steal that led to Spencer's layup which trimmed the Lady Falcons' deficit to one late in the game.

“I'm always nervous about the babies,” Bullard said about her freshmen guards. “But with Brittany down, we had to rely on them. Even though Li'Esa [Barnett] and Morgan [Mitchell] didn't play, I could hear them cheering loudly for their teammates on the bench. They are the future for the Lady Falcons.”

If Wednesday was any indication, next season looks bright. The Lady Falcons lose only three seniors including Bryant. “We fought hard,” Bullard said. “I am absolutely proud of the kids."

St. Aug Women Slip past ECSU In First Day CIAA Tourney Action

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 Feb. 29, 2012

Saint Augustine's University pulled out another wild CIAA Tournament victory over Elizabeth City State Tuesday (Feb. 28) at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Lady Falcons eked out a 49-46 first-day win to advance to Wednesday’s round. They will face crosstown nemesis Shaw University, the defending CIAA champion , for the third time this season. Game time is 3 p.m.

“We went into the [ECSU] game knowing we had to fight and battle,” St. Aug head coach Rachel Bullard said. “We have been doing that all season. I am excited for our kids.”

For the second straight year, the Lady Falcons (14-13 overall), seeded fifth in the Southern Division, went down-to-the-wire with the Lady Vikings (13-14), the No. 4 seed from the Northern Division. Last season, the Lady Falcons rallied from a 13-point tournament deficit in the second half to win by two points.

On Tuesday, the Lady Falcons withstood a second-half rally by the Lady Vikings, who trailed 20-11 at halftime. The Lady Falcons opened the second half on a 13-2 run including 11 consecutive points to gain their first lead of the contest at 24-22. “I told our girls that Elizabeth City State would come out fighting and they did,” Bullard said.

The Lady Falcons suddenly found themselves behind after controlling the first half in a cold shooting game. The Lady Vikings extend their lead to 32-26 before CIAA women’s player of the year Keyona Bryant (Sr./Springdale, Md.) of the Lady Falcons came alive offensively. She scored her first points of the game on two free throws, the first of 12 points she would score in the final 11 minutes to earn Food Lion MVP of the game.

Bryant ignited the Lady Falcons, who went on a run of their own to regain the lead 34-32 on a jumper by Autumn Smith-Faulkner. The Lady Vikings regained momentum when Stephanie Harper, who was unstoppable inside with 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, made two free throws for a 41-38 with 6:05 left.

The Lady Vikings would hold the lead until Umeka Benson (16 points, 11 rebounds) scored a layup for a 47-46 Lady Falcons lead with 1:03 left. After a ECSU miss, Benson, a 46 percent free throw shooter, canned two from the charity stripe with 16 seconds left for a 49-46 lead.

The Lady Vikings had two chances to tie the game. The first shot was an airball which Bryant rebounded. The second attempt occurred after Bryant was fouled and missed the free throw with four seconds left. The desperation shot, however, banged hard off the backboard as the horn sounded. Bryant added 12 rebounds to go with 12 points, all in the second half. The double-double was the ninth for Bryant and the eighth for Benson (Soph./Charlotte, N.C.) this season. Led by both players, the Lady Falcons controlled the boards by a huge 54-27 margin including a 21-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The huge margin in rebounds ultimately decided the contest for the Lady Falcons.

Autumn Smith-Faulkner (Jr. /Charlotte, N.C.) provided 11 points and three steals while providing energy on both ends of the floor. Harper, who added seven rebounds, was the only double figure scorer for the Lady Vikings.

Both teams were frigid from the floor. The Lady Vikings shot 34.7 percent and the Lady Falcons shot 28 percent in the low-scoring affair. The Lady Falcons tied a season-low in points and the Lady Vikings scored the second-lowest amount this season.

At one point, the Lady Vikings shot eight percent on 1-for-12 shooting in the first half which allowed the Lady Falcons open a double-digit lead. Both Smith-Faulkner and Benson scored on layups off consecutive turnovers to give the Lady Falcons a 14-2 lead with 5:50 remaining in the half.

The Lady Vikings finally scored to stop a nine-minute drought. The basket kick started a mini-run which closed the Lady Falcons’ lead to 16-10. Benson stopped the brief ECSU rally with a three-pointer and the Lady Falcons went into halftime with a 20-11 lead.

The Lady Falcons are excited about facing the Shaw, the Southern Division champion, for the third time. Shaw won the first two games by an average of 42.5 points.

“We can’t come out like we did today and be successful,” Bullard said. “We need to hit our shots and crash the boards.”

St. Aug Advances In CIAA Tourney on Jon Kindred's Buzzer Beater

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 Feb. 29, 2012

Junior forward Jon Kindred (Raleigh, N.C.) scored the last five points for Saint Augustine's University inculding the game-winning shot at the horn for a 50-49 victory over Lincoln (Pa.) University Tuesday (Feb. 28) in the nghtcap game on the first day of the the CIAA Tournament. The Falcons (14-13), seeded sixth in the Southern Division, advance to the second round Wednesday where they will face Fayetteville State at 9 p.m.

"We live to fight another day," Kindred said. Kindred caught a pass and buried a jumper at the top of the key with no time remaining. Once the ball swished through the nets, Kindred ran around the court as his teammates chased him in jubilation. Earlier, Kindred drilled a three-pointer with 39 seconds left to tie the score at 48-48. George Jackson of Lincoln hit one of two free throws to give the Lions a 49-48 lead which set the stage for Kindred's heroics.

Tyquan Stroman led the Falcons with 16 points. Denzel Mooney scored 12 points and Jackson added 10 for the Lions (11-18), the No. 5 seed in the Northern Division.

The game was nip-and-tuck throughout with 13 lead changes. The Lions led twice by five points in the second half but the Falcons rallied both times.

"It was an outstanding game," Falcons Head Coach Ken Spencer said. "We hit some big shots. We had a bunch of options and Jon was actually the last option."

"It's about winning and advancing," Spencer added.

Falcons, Lady Falcons Open CIAA Tournament- Tuesday, February 28

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 Feb. 28, 2012

The Saint Augustine's University men's and women's basketball teams will play Tuesday, February 28 on the first day of the CIAA Tournament. The Lady Falcons will take on Elizabeth City State University at 1 p.m. and the Falcons will tangle with Lincoln University in the nightcap at 9 p.m. The game site will be the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

The Falcons and Lady Falcons are familiar with both opponents. In their only regular season meeting, the Falcons defeated Lincoln 60-56 at Emery Gymnasium January 5. The Lady Falcons lost 63-58 to ECSU January 19 at home.

The men's and women's games will be broadcast live on WAUG 750 AM or mywaug.com. Additionally, live stats can be found on saintaugfalcons.com.

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