MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team committed 23 turnovers and led only once as the Bears suffered a 88-73 setback to Chowan University in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference cross division contest Thursday night in Helms Center.
The loss dips the Bears to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in CIAA action while the Hawks improve to 9-1 on the year and 3-0 in the league standings.
Junior Davon Dillard (Gary, IN) led the offensive attack for the Bears with a career-high 28 points on 11-of-12 shooting, 3-of-3 from the 3-point line to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. Junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) – the nation's leading scorer was held to just 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the setback.
A 15-footer from junior DaVaughn Kelsie (Richmond, VA) gave the Bears an early 2-0 lead but the Hawks scored seven unanswered points to take a 9-2 lead after a 3-pointer from Brandon Mayhan at the 17:26 mark. Shaw snapped the mini scoring drought with a layup from freshman Jah'Lil Carter (Charlotte, NC) but Chowan went up by double digits capped off by a 3-pointer from Gus Rowland with 13:42 left in the first half.
The Bears chipped away at the deficit and pulled within three twice late in the stanza but Chowan used a 13-1 run to extend its lead 44-29 over Shaw. Although the Bears ended the half on a 10-2 run, hitting 5-of-6 from the field, Shaw trailed at the half by the score of 46-39.
Shaw opened up the second half scoring four-straight to pull within 46-41 of the Hawks, Chowan then created separation by putting together a mini run to lead 51-44.
Dillard caught fire for the Bears offensively, scoring nine-straight points to trim the deficit 59-58 with 12:46 left. However, the Hawks pushed its lead back up to four on a back door layup from Mayhan, followed by a 3-point play for Timothy Bing that then provided a 67-58 lead over Shaw with under 10:00 remaining.
After being held scoreless for over five minutes, the Bears finally connected on a 3-pointer from Dillard but the Hawks exploded with its largest lead of the night of 19 points (81-62) with under 6:00 remaining which would ultimately prevent any comeback for the Bears down the stretch.
Five players finished in double figures for the Hawks led by Demetrius Sanders with 19 points while Bing charted 17 points, Rowland with 16 points and seven assists and Mayhan with 15 points. Michael Kelly rounded out the Hawks double figure scoring with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Bears will return to action Monday, Jan. 7 at Claflin University for a CIAA Southern Division contest at 7:30 p.m.
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