Raleigh, NC - On Saturday, Kenneth Collins (Jr./Clayton, NC) scored a career-high 25 points and added six assists for Saint Augustine's University but Davis & Elkins College used its huge free throw advantage to stop the Falcons 85-81 in a men's basketball contest at the McDonnell Center in Elkins, W.Va.
Quincy January (Jr./Atlanta, GA) added 18 points, 15 rebounds and three steals and Anthony Gaskins (Sr./Greenville, NC) finished with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Falcons, who shot well enough to score a season-high 81 points on 47.9 percent shooting.
Davis & Elkins also was hot, knocking down 51 percent of its shots but free throws played a major role in the non-conference tilt. The Senators were 26 of 41 from the free throw line for 63.4 percent including 22 of 31 for 71 percent in the second half when they outscored the Falcons 50-44 after trailing by two at halftime. By contrast, the Falcons (4-5 overall) connected on 3 of 7 free throw attempts for 42.9 percent including 2 of 5 for 40 percent in the second half.
The free throw discrepancy helped the Senators open a 10-point lead in the second half. In the final minute, the Senators hit 7 of 8 free throws to thwart a Falcons comeback after the visitors rallied from a 67-57 deficit with 7:50 left. Collins, who was 5 of 8 behind the three-point line for the game, buried a trey for the Falcons with five seconds left to narrow the deficit to 83-81.
But one second later, Kevin Bracy-Davis, who paced the Senators with 23 points, iced the contest with two free throws. Nearly half of the Senators' points came from the charity stripe in the final stanza.
For the Falcons, Chris Melton (So./Richmond, VA) scored nine points and Kasey Bryant (Jr./Raleigh, NC) had seven points for the Falcons, who also got production from Antonio Watson (So./Raleigh, NC) with four assists, five rebounds and two steals. Donte Doleman scored 13 points and Rickenjee Bellevue totaled 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Senators (2-6 overall).
Collins bolstered the Falcons to a 37-35 halftime lead after the Falcons trailed much of the first half. The talented outside shooter scored 13 first-half points on 3 of 4 three-point shooting.
After playing nine consecutive games away from home, the Falcons will make their first appearance on campus at Emery Gymnasium in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Falcons will host Claflin University at 4 p.m. in a rematch of a previous meeting this season.