Virginia State's Season Ends in NCAA Atlantic Regional Semifinals

Ettrick, VA (March 11, 2018) – The No.1 seed Virginia State University men's basketball team (25-5) suffered a tough 58-77 loss to the Raiders of Shippensburg University in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Semifinals tonight at the VSU Multipurpose Center.
                              
THE BASICS
FINAL | Virginia State 58, Shippensburg 77
RECORDS | Virginia State 25-5, Shippensburg 18-15
LOCATION | Ettrick, Va. (VSU Multipurpose Center)
 
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Richard Granberry led the Trojans with 16 points and five rebounds on the evening. Trey Brown was VSU's second leading scorer, ending the contest with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists. Cyonte Melvin chipped in with 10 points, followed by Walter Williams with five points.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Half: 
Shippensburg started the contest with securing a dunk and a layup to take a 4-0 lead. Trey Brown then scored a three-pointer for the Trojans at the 18:00 mark edging the cut the Raiders lead 4-3. The Raiders then went on a 10-0 run to take a 14-3 advantage.  VSU answered with adding four points to cut the score 14-8. The Raiders answered with going to a 4-0 run to edge the Trojans 21-10 lead with 10:09 left in the first half. A layup by Cyonte Melvin put the Trojans within seven of the Raiders with 5:35 on the clock. VSU then added a dunk by Cyonte Melvinmaking the score 31-27 in favor of Shippensburg. The Trojans then collected a jumper by Walter Williams with 1:19 left. The Raider had a 37-29 lead to close out the half. Both teams finished the first half with scoring 18 points in the paint and seven points off turnovers.
 
Second Half: 
Shippensburg brought the same momentum into in the second half with securing six points in the opening minutes. The Raiders would grow its lead, 59-37, with 10:31 left on the clock. The Trojans would attempt to take the lead by added 29 total points over the remaining minutes. Despite a late rally the Trojans close the contest with a score of 58-77. The Trojans will look to regroup as they will prepare for next season.  

The Season:
The Trojans had a record breaking, history making season. From setting the most VSU season wins (25), to topping the regional rankings (first time in the programs history) and hosting the regional playoffs (first time in VSU basketball history), the men's basketball team left a positive mark on their fans and supporters for the 2017-18 season.

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