RALEIGH, NC – Five Bears scored in double figures to help the Shaw University men's basketball team to a 86-72 victory over the visiting Winston-Salem State University Rams in front of a packed C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium for its blackout game Wednesday night. The win moved Shaw to 12-11 overall, 8-5 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play, while the Rams fell to 10-13 overall and 5-8 within the league.
In the Southern Division, Shaw remains atop with a 6-1 record while the Rams stand 3-4.
Benji Bell (Gainesville, FL) finished with a team-best 18 points, four rebounds and two assists. DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) chipped in 15 points, three rebounds and three assists while Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, NC) and Russell Robinson, Jr. (Chicago, IL) both added 11 points each. David Madol rounded out double figure scoring for Shaw with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Cassady recorded a team-best eight rebounds, while DeAaron Ward (Wilson, NC) gabbed six boards and Robinson, Jr. accounted for five, respectively.
Shaw led 6-5 in the opening minutes but the Rams scored a layup to take the lead at the 15:01 mark. The lead changed two times before WSSU took command on a layup by Xavier Mills as 10:47 remained in the first half. The Rams held on to its lead and would eventually balloon an 11-point stanza (39-28) before going into the locker room with a 39-32 advantage over the Bears.
Down 10 points with 16:46 left to play in the second half, Shaw scored six-straight points to trim the deficit to four points (48-44) before using a 6-2 spurt to take its first lead since the first half on a layup from Stephens-Bell. The lead changed five times until another layup from Stephens-Bell gave the Bears the lead again at the 8:10 mark.
The Bears led by as many as 11 points, thanks to a 8-0 run before putting the game out of reach for the Rams in the final 45 seconds of play.
Shaw shot 52.2 percent from the field in the win and 10-of-11 players that touched the floor Wednesday night had at least three points.
Robert Colon ended the contest with 26 points for the Rams, while Ameer Jackson scored 14 points, followed by William Crandell with 12 points and team-best seven rebounds. Jamel McCallister rounded out WSSU in scoring with 11 points.
The Bears will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11 at cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University for a 4 p.m. tipoff.
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