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St. Aug Public Health Science Students Attend 2012 Health disparities

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 March 12, 2012

On Friday February 24, students and faculty from the Allied Health Department of Saint Augustine's University attended the 33rd Annual Minority Health Conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The conference focused on translational research and had over 700 participants including: local non-profits, universities, vendors, researchers and students. Dr. El-Amin, a faculty member in Public Health Sciences, stated that "exposing Saint Augustine's University public health students to health disparities is essential to them becoming effective public health professionals ."

Pictured: St. Aug students seen outside the 2012 Health Disparities Conference.

Falcon Battalion Participate in Field Training Exercise

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 March 12, 2012

The Falcon Battalion attended a Field Training Exercise - Land Navigation, Situational Training Exercise (STX) February 17-19 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Cadets from Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University and North Carolina Wesleyan University participated in realistic and challenging training orchestrated and led by the Cadet chain command. Cadets from all levels participated in Land Navigation training and Squad STX to increase their overall Army skills and domain knowledge.

Pictured: Cadets being taught a new self defense technique.

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."

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.”

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.

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