Davis’ Late Free Throws Pushes JCSU Past Virginia Union, 65-63
Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2018) – Senior Robert Davis hit two free throws with 4.7 seconds left to lift the Johnson C. Smith University men’s basketball team to a 65-63 win over Virginia Union in a CIAA game at Brayboy Gym on Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 63-63, Davis took the ball and drove to the basket for the protentional game-winning shot, but was fouled on the way to the basket. The senior from West Friendship, Md., the CIAA leader in free throw percentage, knocked down both shots and the JCSU defense held off a last-second VUU attempt in taking the 65-63 win.
JCSU started hot, bolting to an early 7-0 lead, but VUU would cut the lead to 9-6 at the 15:55 mark. The Golden Bulls would then quickly build a 13-point lead (22-9) after a
Jonathan Curtis (High Point, N.C.) layup with 11;32 before halftime.
VUU would cut the lead to 31-26 with 1:21 left in the first half, but a
Malik Ford (Salisbury, N.C.) free throw followed by a running three-pointer by Christian Kirchman (Roanoke, Va.) at the halftime buzzer put the Golden Bulls up 35-26 at the half.
Virginia Union chipped away at the JCSU lead, eventually taking a 38-37, their first of the game, with 17:07 to play following two Kory Cooley free throws.
The lead was short-lived, as JCSU embarked on a 10-2 run to reclaim the seven-point (52-45) lead. VUU rallied to tie the game at 53-53 with 6:12 to play. Neither team could build a lead of more than two points the rest of the way, with JCSU ultimately earning the win following Davis’ late heroics.
For the Golden Bulls, Kirchman led the way with 18 points and 10 assists, earning the double-double, his second of the year. Davis had 17 points while Roddric Ross (Forest City, N.C.) had 10. Sophomore Cayse Minor (Winston-Salem, N.C.) led JCSU with a team-high seven rebounds while scoring four points.
VUU’s Kory Cooley had a game-high 19 points for the Panthers while teammates James Paige and William Jenkins scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.
The loss drops Virginia Union to 11-11 overall and 6-4 in CIAA play while JCSU improves to 13-7 and 6-2 in league play.
The Golden Bulls will jump back into Southern Division play this upcoming Saturday, traveling to Shaw University for a 4:00 p.m. tip from Spaulding Gym in Raleigh.
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