BEARS SKIRT CHOWAN TO HOLD ON FOR 87-80 VICTORY IN CONFERENCE OPENER

BEARS SKIRT CHOWAN TO HOLD ON FOR 87-80 VICTORY IN CONFERENCE OPENER

RALEIGH, N.C. -  The Shaw University men's basketball team opened up the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference play with an 87-80 victory over the visiting Hawks of Chowan University Tuesday night inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. The outcome remained in favor of Shaw the entire way as the Bears were able to create separation and claim their third win in a row.

 

Shaw improves to 5-4 on the year and 1-0 in the CIAA while the Hawks slip to 4-5 overall and an 0-1 start league action.

 

Senior Savon Goodman (Philadelphia, PA) recorded his second double-double of the season with 33 points and 13 rebounds while senior DeAngleo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) produced 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. Senior Krishaun Myers (Pompano Beach, FL) scored 14 points off the bench in his season debut.

 

Shaw jumped out to a 6-0 early led by senior Khaliq Williams (Jacksonville, FL) who had four-points in that spurt. The Hawks responded with a pair buckets from Time Hewett that closed the gap to one. With the game tied at 12-12 and 13:32 remaining in the first half, the Bears scored 13-straight points to lead 25-12 over the Hawks.

 

CU would cut the Bears lead down to single digits but that would be short-lived as Shaw would eventually go on a 14-6 run, capped off by a monster flush from Stephens-Bell to put the Bears ahead 48-31. The Hawks scored back-to-back baskets in the last 1:05 of the first half to trail 48-36 at intermission.

 

Shaw maintained their lead and control of the second half despite the Hawks efforts to cut the deficit to single digits early on. The Bears had a 15-point lead with 4:19 left to play but CU used a 13-3 scoring effort to close the gap to five-points (83-78). However, Goodman's fourth flush on the night gave the Bears security for the win.

 

Shaw notched 60 points in the paint and scored 31-points off of the Hawks 19 turnovers while holding a 22-4 advantage in fast breaks. The Bears concluded the game shooting 54-percent from the field while CU shot 44-percent from field goal range.

 

Hewett led the efforts with 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists while Brandon Mayhan scored 19 and Dino Muminvoic added 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

 

Shaw will look to stay in the winning column on Thursday, Dec. 14 versus Elizabeth City State University for a CIAA cross division contest inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.

 

For the most up-to-date information on Shaw men's basketball and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.