WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Senior guard Larry Richardson, II (Garner, NC) posted 24 points, including 5-of-7 shooting from the three point line to lift the Shaw University men's basketball team to a 64-62 road victory at Winston-Salem State in a packed C.E. Gaines Center Wednesday night. With the win, Shaw earns its first division victory to improve to 7-9 on the year and 3-3 within the conference, while WSSU fell to 6-10 overall, 3-4 within the league and 0-2 in division play.
Along with Richardson, II's 24 points, the Bears also received strong play from senior center Joshua Cassady (Raleigh, NC), who notched 16 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (Jacksonville, FL) dished out a game-high eight assists and junior forward Russell Robinson, Jr. (Chicago, IL) had a block party with a game-high seven blocks on the night.
For the Rams, Ameer Jackson recorded a team-best 13 points and six rebounds, while Jamel McAllister posted 10 points and five boards.
Shaw outscored the Rams 30-28 in the first half thanks to scoring 18 points in the paint compared to WSSU's 10. In addition, the Bears held a 10-6 advantage off of the Ram's turnovers and accounted for six fast breaks. The Bears shot 42.3 percent (11-26) from field goal range and 88.9 percent (8-9) from the foul line, while the Rams converted 10-of-26 shots (38.5 percent) from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 (100 percent) from the charity stripe.
After an 0-for-7 start from the three-point line in the opening, the Bears got things moving by scoring six trey balls – including Richardson, II's five three-pointers over a 7:57 span. Richardson, II scored 17 consecutive points for Shaw to stretch the Bears lead 51-47 with 7:44 remaining in the second half.
The Rams would make a run after planting a 9-2 push to take the lead by three (56-53) but Shaw would tie the game after Madol scored five-straight, giving the Bears a two-point advantage at the 5:15 mark. Two ties and three lead changes down the stretch would have this game come down to the wire.
With 2:21 left and the score tied at 60-60, WSSU went up by one on a made free-throw by Robert Colon, following another free-throw by Jackson but the next possession down, Richardson, II drained a three-pointer with 39 seconds, capped by a free-throw from Stephens-Bell to give Shaw a 64-62 lead with six seconds left to the end of regulation. WSSU threw up a three-pointer that fumbled off of the front iron before falling into the hands of a Bear defender as time expired.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Jan. 21 versus cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University for a 4 p.m. tipoff inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium. Doors will open at 1 p.m.
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