By Jason Pompey
The Trojans’ bench poured in 31 points led by Asyja Smith‘s (Jr./Bowie, MD) 11 points, but Virginia State University’s women’s basketball team fell to the Lady Dragons of Virginia University of Lynchburg in a close 53-52 loss on Sunday, December 2ndin Lynchburg, VA.
After leading Virginia-Lynchburg 31-28 at the half, the Trojans fell into a slump shooting 27% from the field in the second half and were outscored 25-21. The Trojans and the Lady Dragons were tied at 40 each with 13 minutes left to play. VSU’s Brianna Holt (Sr./Selmer, TN) hit back-to-back three’s springing the Trojans to a 46-45 lead at the 9:46 mark, but then Virginia-Lynchburg went on a run of their own. The Lady Dragons answered back and went on a 6-0 run of their own (53-46) with 3:24 left in the game.
VSU was unable to score another field goal but managed to nail six important free-throws. After Asyja Smith knocked down two shots from the charity stripe, VSU trailed the Lady Dragons and pulled within a point (53-52) with 43 seconds. The Trojans forced a turnover with 17 seconds, called a timeout and had time for one last play. With six seconds remaining, the Trojans were unable to score and fell to the lady Dragons 53-52.
Two Trojans scored in double-figures coming off of the bench. Asyja Smith scored a game-high 11 points and Brianna Holt had 10 points. Both Smith and Holt hit two shots from long range as VSU outscored VUL’s bench 31-18. Lamesha Deal (Jr./Norfolk, VA) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds with three blocked shots.
The Trojans fell to 4-3 early in the season after a close loss to the Lady Dragons. VSU travels to Takoma, MD on December 9th in their next game against Washington Adventist at 2:00 p.m.
Trojans’ Second Half Rally Falls Short Against #11 Barton College 67-59
By: Andre Fountain, VSU Sports Information
The Virginia State University men’s basketball team’s two game winning streak came to an end when #11 Barton College came to Daniel Gymnasium on Thursday, November 29th and defeated the Trojans. The Trojans came up short for the upset, losing 67-59.
The Trojans fought hard the whole game. They played tough defense making every shot for the Bulldogs of Barton College a difficult one, however, they just could not get a decent hold of the lead.
VSU shot 50% in the first half from the field and senior guard Mike Bynum led the team with 8 points, knocking down two big three pointers. Barton’s senior guard Gerald Boston led the way with 15 points, scoring in a variety of ways. In the second half, the Trojans held Boston to only four points. The Trojans made a run and came within two points of taking the lead from Barton. However, the 11th ranked team in the country found a way to grind out the game for the win.
Both teams turned the ball over 15 times, but what stopped the Trojans chances of winning the game was their inability to make shots. The Trojans, in the second half, shot 39% from the field while their opponent shot 49%.
Despite the loss, the Trojans had a balanced scoring attack with four players reaching double figures. Leading the team in scoring was big man Kenny Mitchell with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Christopher Grier, Mike Bynum, and Devonte Williams had 10 points each.
The Trojans’ (2-3) next game is against the Newport News Apprentice School at home on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.