M. BASKETBALL

Osby Kelly led Tampa with nine points on three baskets from beyond the arc.
Osby Kelly led Tampa with nine points on three baskets from beyond the arc.

Tampa Unable to Hang With Shaw

Box Score

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Head coach Richard Schmidt’s quest for his 600th career victory will have to wait for another day as the University of Tampa (1-3) men’s basketball team suffered a 70-50 setback to Shaw University (3-1). The game was part of the Eckerd Classic.

Tampa enjoyed early success as it took an 8-1 lead just over three minutes into the game. Shaw would battle back as it broke a 21-21 tie at the 7:01 mark of the first half with an 18-4 run to close out the half. The Bears would hit the locker room with a 39-25 advantage as it outrebounded UT 18-8 in the opening half.

UT was unable to mount a rally in the second half as Shaw would shoot 54.5 percent from the field, though it only outrebounded Schmidt’s squad by a 15-14 margin.

A total of 13 Spartans saw playing time, with 11 scoring at least one point. Osby Kelly and Stefon Barfield led Tampa with nine points apiece as Ashton Graham grabbed a team-high four rebounds. Jon Riles turned in three assists as Kelly tallied a pair of steals to lead the team.

Shaw shot a whopping 59.6 percent from the field, compared to a 40 percent mark for UT. The Spartans did connect on six 3-pointers, with Kelly draining three from long-range.

The Spartans will meet the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The game will mark the final contest for each team in the Eckerd Classic. Live stats will be available through tampaspartans.com.

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