JCSU Men's Basketball Takes 72-68 Win Over Chowan

Charlotte, NC - (Jan. 5, 2017) – Visiting Chowan rallied from a six-point deficit with 2:38 to play but the Johnson C. Smith University men's basketball team held off the visiting Hawks, taking a 72-68 CIAA win at Brayboy Gym on Thursday evening.

With JCSU up 67-61 with 2:38 to play, Chowan scored seven points in just 1:18 to take a 68-67 lead. The Golden Bulls forced Chowan's Kevin Kuteyi to miss a three-point attempt with 37 seconds to play. Freshman Cayse Minor (Winston-Salem, N.C.)  boarded the Hawk miss and dished to junior guard Christian Kirchman (Roanoke, Va.), who knifed through traffic getting fouled in the process but managed to roll in a layup with 24 seconds to play. Kirchman's free throw would expand the JCSU lead to 70-68.

On Chowan's next possession, Kirchman stole the ball from the Hawks Carlos Arroyo with 16 second to play. After passing to teammate Christian Williams (Chesapeake, Va.), Williams was fouled with 7 seconds to play and calmly hit two free throws to boost the JCSU lead to 72-68. Chowan's last gasp effort was snuffed out, as the Golden Bulls did not allow a shot attempt, taking the 72-68 CIAA win.

Kirchman led the Golden Bulls, finishing just shy of a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Williams also secured his team-leading fifth double-double of the season by scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.  Minor also had a stellar game for JCSU, pouring in 15 points. Junior Robert Davis (West Friendship, Md.) capped the JCSU scoring with 12 points.

As a team, JCSU shot 45.1% (23-of-51) from the field while limiting Chowan to a 36.7% (22-of-60) outing. Jeremy Smith led the way for the Hawks by scoring 19 points. Kuteyi had 15 while Marco Haskins and Hand Edmonds each had 11 in the loss.

Chowan suffers its first CIAA loss of the year and falls to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in CIAA play while JCSU improves to 6-7 and 2-1 in league play.

JCSU will host Elizabeth City State on Saturday, Jan. 7. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.