RALEIGH, NC (January 9, 2017) – On Monday, Quincy January (Jr./Atlanta, GA) scored his 1,000th career point on a day when Saint Augustine's University fell 83-75 to Virginia Union University in a CIAA men's basketball battle between division leaders at Emery Gymnasium.
Needing eight points entering the game, January reached the milestone on a lay-up at the 6:12 mark of the first half. He finished with a game-high 21 points and added seven rebounds and two blocks.
January, a 6-foot-7 high-flying forward, is the second Falcon to score 1,000 career points this season. Guard Anthony Gaskins (Sr./Greenville, NC) surpassed the mark against Embry-Riddle University on Nov. 25, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Both January and Gaskins will be honored for their scoring achievements before Saturday's game (Jan. 14) against Winston-Salem State University which begins at 4 p.m. inside Emery Gymnasium.
The Falcons forward stood out in a contest featuring two teams atop their respective divisions coming into the game. The Panthers walked into Emery Gymnasium as the Northern Division leaders and the Falcons (3-2 CIAA, 9-7 overall) led the Southern Division.
Despite January's efforts, the Falcons had their two-game win streak snapped against the Panthers (4-0 CIAA, 12-4 overall), who outscored the Falcons 45-36 to take charge of the second half after trailing 39-38 at halftime. The Falcons tried to rally from a deficit between eight and 11 points late in the half but the Panthers thwarted their comeback bid. The closest the Falcons would get was four at 79-75 on a three-pointer by Kenneth Collins (Jr./Clayton, NC) with 46 seconds remaining.
The Falcons shot 32.4 percent in the second half which hindered their chances of catching up. They were 4 of 18 behind the three-point arc for 22.2 percent in the half after making 1 of 10 three-point attempts in the first half.
The loss spoiled a great comeback in the first half by the Falcons, who found themselves down 14-0 in the early moments. The deficit stretched to 17 points at 26-9 before they staged a furious rally. D.J. Harrison (So./Winston-Salem, NC) capped a 30-12 run in the final 11 minutes with a bank hook before time expired to put the Falcons up 39-38 at the break.
Harrison totaled career-highs of 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Falcons. Kasey Bryant (Jr./Raleigh, NC) scored 17 points which tied a career-high while Collins and Gaskins both produced eight points.
John Mitchell led the Panthers with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Ray Anderson added 17 points. Tavon Mealy scored 11 points for the Panthers, who extended their win streak to four.
The starting times of the contest was moved to early afternoon due to icy road conditions caused by inclement weather over the weekend. The Falcons will host another day game this week on Wednesday, Jan. 11 against Lincoln (Pa.) University at Emery Gymnasium in a rescheduled contest which begins at 3 p.m. Winter weather forced the Falcons to move the game from Saturday, Jan. 7.