BEARS HOLD OFF JOHNSON C. SMITH, 87-84 ON THE ROAD

BEARS HOLD OFF JOHNSON C. SMITH, 87-84 ON THE ROAD

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a tightly contested Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest, the Shaw University men's basketball team was able to come away with a 87-84 road victory over Johnson C. Smith University in the final minute as junior Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, PA) netted two of his 40-points from the free throw line that would lead to the Bears third-straight win.

Shaw improves to 11-10 overall, 6-6 in the CIAA and 5-2 in the South while JCSU (6-13, 3-9 CIAA) dips to 2-4 in the South.

Hinton hauled in the 40-point performance on 15-of-21 shooting and 8-of-9 from the free throw line while junior Davon Dillard (Gary, IN) tallied 17 points and seven rebounds and junior Derrick Randolph (Chicago, IL) finished with 12 points and nine assists.

The first half featured 13 ties and seven lead changes as the both teams shot nearly the same from the floor at 51-percent. The Bears connected 17-of-33 shots, including 8-of-13 from the 3-point line while JCSU was responsible for 16-of-31 shooting and 5-of-10 from long distance. Hinton had just 13 points in the half.

The Bears would take its largest lead of the night 59-54 after a 3-pointer from Greyson Kelley (Raleigh, NC) at the 13:04 mark but the game would be tied nine times down the stretch as JCSU was able to knot the score at 82-even with 1:11 left in regulation on a free throw shot from Ervin Bennett. On the ensuing possession, Hinton was fouled and sent to the line where he would sink two freebies to give Shaw an 83-82 edge as the clock showed 1:03 left to play.

JCSU had opportunities to tie or take the lead but a defensive rebound from Dillard led to Randolph going to the line for two where he would bank them both – giving Shaw a 3-point cushion. From there, the Bears would score one more time, this time from a Hinton layup which would ultimately sealed the victory for Shaw.

Roddric Ross finished with 32 points to lead the Golden Bulls while Cayse Minor added 24 points and 10 rebounds.

For the contest, Shaw was able to outscore the Golden Bulls 40-35 in the paint, 15-11 in points off turnovers, 16-7 in fast breaks despite being outrebounded 35-29. The Bears hit 33-of-61 from the field for 54.1-percent shooting compared to JCSU's 27-of-63 (42.9-percent).

Shaw will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Virginia State University for a CIAA cross division contest. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the VSU Multipurpose Center.

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