PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia State University men's basketball team fell to Shippensburg in the second round of the Division II NCAA men's basketball tournament Sunday night, 77-58. The loss ends the Trojans' season at 25-5.
Shippensburg jumped out to an eleven point lead, opening the game on a 14-3 run, but Virginia State would chip away and trim the Trojans lead to five late in the half. The Raiders would lead 37-29 at halftime.
The second frame saw Shippensburg open up the lead to as many as 25 points on its way to the 19 point win. VSU forced some turnovers with some pressure defense late in the half to cut into the advantage, but could never climb all the way out of the hole.
Richard Granberry led the way for Virginia State with 16 points in the losing cause. Trey Brown added 12 points and Cyonte Melvin chipped in ten points.
The Raiders got to the Trojans where teams normally don't- the three-point line. Shippensburg was 9-20 from beyond the arc against a VSU team that was among the best in the nation at defending the three-pointer this season.
Shippensburg will take No. 2 seed East Stroudsburg at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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